LSNepal Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Guide

LSNepal Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Guide

(developed from ASBombay’s BYOD Guide)

 

2017-18 School Year

 

Introduction

BYOD is a growing trend in education and industry in which students and employees use their own devices at work rather than the devices provided by either the school or employer.  At Lincoln, students will use their personal devices to access the resources of the internet. They will become more confident and productive users of their personal technology to complete 21st century tasks and organize their digital lives.

 

Students in grades 6 through 12  are required to bring a laptop to school.


This guide contains the following important information regarding the device to bring Lincoln’s BYOD program. Please read the complete guide.

Suggested Minimum Specifications

The following chart should help you in selecting and purchasing a laptop for your child to use while they are at Lincoln School. While there are many options, there are minimum specifications that we require to support your child’s learning at LSNepal.

 

Machine Type

Laptop

Platform

PC/Mac

Screen Size

11 inches or more

Processor

Intel i5 or Higher

RAM

4 GB or Higher

Hard Drive

120 GB or Higher

 

Minimum Operating System

Windows 7 Professional or Higher, Mac OSX 10.10 or Higher

The operating system must be in English

Wireless

802.11n or Higher

Video

1024×768 display (1280×800 recommended) with a 16-bit video card with 512 VRAM

Ports

2 USB ports, Audio in/out, In-built microphone

Battery Life

4+ hours (4+ cell or higher)

Warranty

3 Year warranty with Damage protection

 

Important! iPads and other tablets are not acceptable for the 6-12 BYOD program at Lincoln. Also ChromeBooks are not acceptable.

 

Laptop Purchase Guide – This document lists some laptop options that you can consider. These options meet the approved specifications for the BYOD program. It describes in detail the different models from each manufacturer. The document will be updated regularly as new models are released.

 

Please check with the tech team if you are not sure if your machine is ok for use in the BYOD program.

 

Software you need to download and install on your laptop

 

Follow this link to the list of software that needs to be downloaded and installed on your laptop for use in school.

BYOD Program Details and Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is responsible for purchasing education-specific software on student owned devices?

LSNepal has moved most school software to the cloud (internet based) and student and staff accounts are provided by the school. If a student is bringing in a laptop that meets the minimum technical requirements, then the student will have access to all school-provided services. iPads and Android based devices do not meet the minimum requirements for a student or staff owned device at this time although a student or staff member may bring in an iPad or an Android tablet to supplement their main laptop.

 

LSNepal will install on student and staff computer the Adobe Creative Suite for PC and Mac machines.

 

Who is responsible for the maintenance and updates of these devices?

All maintenance for the hardware device, operating system, software and/or apps purchased by the family member are the responsibility of the family member. Family members should ensure a quick maintenance turnaround for the student devices. However loaner laptops will be available in the tech office for emergency situations.

 

How will students or staff store and share their digital work?

Students and staff will have access to cloud-based storage services such as Google Apps for saving and sharing documents. This is available from any device with an Internet connection.

 

Do I need to purchase Insurance for my BYOD device?

When purchasing your laptop for BYOD please make an effort to purchase Damage Protection for your PC laptops. For Apple products please purchase AppleCare, you will also need to take additional insurance for damage protection as it is not covered under AppleCare. This ensures that your laptop is protected against accidental damage to your child’s device on and off the school campus. Fire, theft and acts of God are usually not covered under these programs and we suggest you include it in your personal or home insurance. In the case of a laptop being insured as part of a home or personal insurance, the laptop should be insured for accidental damage and loss by fire and theft when outside the home. All insurance claims must be settled between you and the insurance company.

 

How will we ensure access to the same applications for students?  

Most applications that students use are now Internet (cloud) based, thus ensuring access to all students with laptops that meet the minimum requirements.

 

In addition, there are circumstances in which it is preferable for students to select their own application to complete a task. Computers are powerful means of differentiating and personalizing a child’s education, and student-owned devices facilitate student choice over which application best suits their learning and communication style. Teachers will work with students to ensure everyone can access and view student’s final work in appropriate formats as necessary.

 

How will we ensure students remain “cybersafe” in and out of the classroom?

Digital citizenship instruction integrated with classroom learning is an essential component of any 1-to-1 technology program. Though the nature of the program will be tailored to meet the extra demands of personal laptops and additional mobile devices throughout the school, the digital citizenship curriculum we currently have in place will be expanded to support the use of personal devices in and out of the classroom.

 

What are the guidelines for responsible use of these devices?

LSNepal has a Responsible Use Policy for use of computers and other networked devices both internally and externally. The guidelines, rules, and recommendations shared in this document will be adhered to in the classroom and should also be reinforced at home.  

 

Which computers are acceptable/approved?

The computers that make the minimum specification list are located here. If you have questions about whether a specific model computer will meet the requirements please feel free to contact the LSNepal tech office.

 

What Operating System must be installed?

For a PC, the operating system must be Windows 7 Professional or Higher, Vista Professional or Higher. Windows XP is not acceptable.

 

If you are using a Mac, the operating system must be Mac OSX  10.10 or Higher

 

What kind of support can I get?

LSNepal offers a helpdesk in the tech center starting. All machines purchased should come with a 3 year carry-in warranty and damage protection. Most software problems will be handled by the tech office. The tech office will help diagnose hardware issues and connect parents or staff members to service providers. Temporary loaner laptops will be available for student or staff use in these situations.

 

What about administrator rights?

Students should have administrative rights to the computer they bring to school.

 

What if I forget my laptop at home?

In this unusual circumstance the library has loaner laptops available. Students will still be responsible for accessing their work through Internet (cloud) based solutions like Google Apps.

 

What about malicious hacking?

Students at LSNepal receive digital citizenship guidance. If you have questions or concerns about appropriate computer use please refer to our Responsible Use Policy.

 

What about file sharing? (P2P)

Students at LSNepal can share files digitally using approved file sharing services such as Google Apps. File sharing services that are generally used for software piracy will not be accessible at school. Although students will be bringing their own devices to school, LSNepal’s strong filtering software will still be working across all platforms when students are on campus.

 

What are the school rules? What documents do I need to know about? (What are the computer use rules?)

All of the information you need to know is contained in the Student Handbooks.

 

What are the rules about games?

Please refer to your child’s student handbook for their division’s specific rules.

 

How many devices can I bring?

Students can bring two devices to school to be used on the school Internet. This means that they could bring, for example, a laptop computer and an iPad or a laptop computer and an Android phone. If students routinely bring three devices to school, we will only allow two of them on the network. Students will need to register any device they bring to school in the Tech Office.

 

What are the rules about surveillance (monitoring student laptops)?

We do not monitor the contents of students laptops. We do however keep a log of internet traffic of the LSNepal Network. All LSNepal Responsible Use Policy guidelines will apply to misuse of the Internet or the LSNepal network at school.

 

Will there be tests using the laptops?

Yes, students can expect to use their laptops daily for a very wide variety of learning activities including tests.

How can I use my laptop during my free times?

Specific guidelines for laptop use during breaks, lunch, and other free time can be found in the divisional student handbooks.

 

Will the school be providing laptop bags for the students to safely carry their computers?

No. Students are expected to protect their own computer with an appropriate bag or sleeve. Customizing the exterior of the bag or sleeve is recommended to make it easy to recognized. The laptop needs to be kept dry so it should be transported in a waterproof bag.

As a parent, how can I best support my child at home with the laptops?

  1. We strongly encourage you to work as a family to set ground rules for the care, maintenance, and usage of the laptops.

  2. Families should have set work routines that allow for completion of homework tasks separately from play or socializing on the computer.

  3. Given the safety and family concerns of some internet content, we strongly suggest students use laptops in such a way to provide family members a direct line of sight to laptop screens and have on-going family discussions about appropriate Internet use.

  4. Families can also help by encouraging students to have only one program open at a time in order to engage more completely with one task.

  5. We also strongly encourage families to set ground rules about the use of chat programs or other social networking programs while students are working on their laptops at home. In fact, for middle school students, we generally encourage disabling or turning off chat programs while students are completing work for school.

 

What about internet filtering for my kids computer at home and school?

The school has a secure firewall that takes care of internet filtering on the school campus. For home we recommend using http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ which is a free content filtering software which needs to be installed on the machines. K9 Web protection is easy to configure and manage. You can contact techsupport@lsnepal.com if you need help with having this setup.