BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in GCPS









BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in GCPS

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)… It’s become a buzz phrase in schools across the country. But what does it really mean? How will it affect instruction? And most importantly, as Gwinnett County Public Schools moves in this direction, what do students, parents, and teachers need to know about this topic?

In the future, we anticipate students will use their own technology more and more as part of the teaching and learning process. The school system is researching how to best inte­grate personal technology devices into the classroom. To prepare for a time when students will bring their own technology, the district is expanding its Wi-Fi capabilities. GCPS also is exploring what kinds of devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, etc.) may be used instructionally. As part of that research, we also are looking at the degree to which different devices are “content-friendly,” as recognized platforms can vary greatly.

As part of the eCLASS pilot, schools in five clusters— Archer, Berkmar, Duluth, North Gwinnett, and Shiloh— may elect to allow some students and teachers to use their personal de­vices to access the Internet through the GCPS network. BYOD decisions for each school are based on their specific instructional needs and how students’ devices will support those needs. To date, 14 schools have chosen to extend student access to technology through the pilot, with some including BYOD plans.

  • North Gwinnett HS Studio Classes
  • Benefield ES Schoolwide for online responses to literature to support school literacy goal
  • Archer HS schoolwide for teacher-created common assessment administration and student online collaboration
  • Duluth MS has a single classroom pilot in 8th grade social studies as a model classroom
  • McConnell MS is doing a Write to Learn pilot with ELL students and an 8th grade science pilot to increase classroom use of science digital content and student online collaboration
  • Centerville ES has teachers using the technology for staff development on integration; expanding to student access on class-by-class basis based on assessed teacher readiness
  • Chattahoochee ES has a model 1st grade classroom focused on increasing use of leveled informational text; staff development to allow for school-wide expansion
  • Harbins ES 5th grade pilot to support current work with technology integration using Learning.com and ISTE NETs standards and assessments of teacher and student technology integration
  • Riverside ES is piloting this in one classroom per grade level LA, MA, SC, SS, with a focus on integration of active literacy strategies within content areas through text annotation and written response
  • Berkmar MS is part of the pilot due to its writing focus and goals to expand use of Write to Learn and writing responses to literature
  • Roberts ES' pilot is in Grades 3 through 5 and has a literacy focus to support teacher-moderated literacy blogs for response to literature
  • Cooper ES
  • North Gwinnett MS
  • Shiloh ES

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