On the Beat in Bluffton

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bluffton-Harrison school to vote on new technology policy

Members of the Bluffton-Harrison school board could soon approve a new policy that would allow students to bring portable electronic devices, such as iPads and laptops, to school. Learn more in the Tuesday, Dec. 13, News-Banner.

Bring Your Own Technology Policy

Definition of “Technology”
For purposes of BYOT, “Technology” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable internet devices, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), hand held entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Bluffton-Harrison MSD is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and has installed technology protection measures for all computers in the school corporation.

Only the internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connective devices such as but not limited to cell phones / cell network adapters are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources at any time.

Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. The Bluffton-Harrison M.S.D., nor its staff or employees, is not liable for any device stolen or damages on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. Bluffton-Harrison M.S.D. recommends that technology devices are labeled for identification purposes and hard protective cases are encouraged.

B.Y.O.T. BHMSD Student Agreement
The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. It is at the teacher’s discretion when and how technology is used in the classroom. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, they will benefit the learning environment as a whole. Students and parents/guardians participating in B.Y.O.T. must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use (Policy IIBGA) and Internet Safety (Policy IIBGA). Additionally, technology:

• Must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
• May not be used to cheat on assignments or tests, or for non-instructional purposes (such as making personal phone calls and text/instant messaging).
• May not be used to record, transmit or post photographic images or video of a person, or persons on campus during school activities and/or hours.
• May only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.

Students acknowledge that:
• The school's network filters will be applied to one's connection to the internet and attempts will not be made to bypass them.
• Bringing on premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of Policy IIBGA.
• Processing or accessing information on school property related to malicious activity, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of Policy IIBGA.
• Given reasonable suspicion, the school district has the right to collect and examine any device that was knowingly or unknowingly (i.e. viruses) used inappropriately.
• A device that is found to have a virus cannot connect back to the network until approved by the BHMSD Technology Department.
• Printing from personal laptops will not be permitted at school. Personal technology is to be charged prior to the start of the student’s school day. Students need express permission from a BHMSD employee to charge a device while at school.

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