Technology has become an essential part of education here at Lower Moreland Township School District. To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively. Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them ubiquitous access to information and resources, enabling them to pursue their interests in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous.
In the past, the use of computing devices not owned by the school district has been forbidden during the school day. With many students owning mobile computing devices and frequently using these devices for their school work while at home, the district has recognized the need to allow students to utilize their own technology in a more seamless way at school.In an effort to put students at the center and empower them to take control of their own learning, the Lower Moreland Township School District is investigating an option that would allow students to use personal technology devices for educational use while at school.
In the Fall of 2012, teachers will pilot the Bring your own device (BYOD) program. Students in the pilot phase of this investigation will be able to bring their own mobile computing devices to school for use in their classes. This procedural change is an experiment to examine the feasibility of allowing students wider use of their own technology. A filtered Internet connection will be provided for students to use for educational purposes. Students and parents will need to be aware of the district policy surrounding BYOD and will need to register this device before a device is brought to school:
The student is solely responible for any equipment that he/she brings to school. The Lower Moreland Township School District is not liable for damaged, lost, or stolen equipment. All devices that will be used on the school Internet connection must be registered with the district. Lower Moreland Township School District staff are unable to provide technical support for personal devices brought to school. All students must adhere to the Acceptable Use and Electronic Devices Policies. When students use technology inappropriately while on the school network, the same consequences apply, regardless of who owns the device.