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A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

Episcopal School of Dallas

A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

BYOD POLICY


What is BYOD and why is ESD adopting a BYOD program?
Where I can learn system requirements for ESD's BYOD program?

How is ESD supporting students in developing responsible digital citizenship?
Which grade levels are affected by the BYOD initiative?
Why aren’t the other grade levels participating?
Will the devices be used in every class every day?
Will I need to buy my student a new computer?
What does "platform-agnostic" mean?

Q: What is BYOD and why has ESD adopted a BYOD program?

A: Establishing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program facilitates classroom learning by allowing students to use their own devices and enables them to further develop the essential skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. A BYOD program allows for more self-directed learning and helps prepare our ESD students to be productive, informed citizens and lifelong learners. he BYOD program allows ESD to be more flexible with emerging technology and not restrict our students and teachers to a specific device.

Click here to learn system requirements.

Q: How is ESD supporting students in developing responsible digital citizenship?

A. ESD teachers are implementing digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media and other sources to encourage responsible technology usage. Each year, ESD applies for Common Sense Signature School status and has been recognized as such for the past four years.

Q: Which grade levels are affected by the BYOD initiative?

A:  Device use differs by grade level. All Upper School students may bring a device of their choice, as long as it meets the minimum requirements.  Students in 5th grade will use chromebooks that are purchased by ESD and kept at school. Students in 6th grade will use chromebooks that are purchased and managed by ESD and have a fee added to their tuition. 7th and 8th grade students are required to bring their Dell chromebooks that they used in sixth grade. 7th and 8th grade students that are new to ESD will need to purchase school managed chromebooks through the Eagle's Nest bookstore.

Q: Why aren’t the other grade levels participating?

A: Beginner through fourth grade will not adopt a BYOD policy, but will rather utilize ESD’s iPad carts, chromebook carts and computer labs for projects and activities where the teacher has determined that integration of technology will raise the learning and creative experience exponentially.

Q: Will the devices be used in every class every day?

A: Computing devices are excellent tools to use in a learning environment, but are not the only tools available for teachers to provide instruction at a high level. While students will be expected to bring their device to school fully charged every day, it is entirely at the teacher’s discretion whether or not technology is used in his or her classroom on a given day. In our experience, students will use these devices for communication, schoolwork, and collaboration throughout the day. Our Learning Management System, Schoology, is used on a daily basis and students can view assignments, resources, and feedback. (Online grades and feedback for students in grades 5-12 are also available to parents in Schoology.)

Q: Will I need to buy my student a new computer?

A: See above for Lower and Middle School students. Upper School students can bring a device of their choice, as long as it meets the minimum requirements Based on the Upper School student survey conducted in the fall of 2015, the vast majority of students (89 percent) already have devices that will likely meet the minimum requirements.  Expectations are that minimum requirements can be met with a $500 investment, should a student need to purchase his/her device. The school will provide financial support for this policy where appropriate.  

Click here for BYOD system requirements.

Q: What does "platform-agnostic" mean?

A: Rather than specify a required device, our network will support the common operating systems. Our only requirement is that the device meet the minimum requirements discussed here. Please see the question above, as well.

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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