In education, “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) is commonly used to mean permitting students and/or teachers to get their mobile devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones) to school and to use them to access institutional information, applications and services.
The success of the BYOD program needs:
- The support of all stakeholders:parents, students, staff, and administrators
- The following software infrastructure:
- Online textbooks resources
- Wordbook Online
- IXL (G4-G8)
- Other online resources specified by the teacher
- A safe technological infrastructure that involves safe devices and safe networks.
The ideal computing device for school use:
- Is lightweight and sturdy
- Is in a protective - carrying case
- Has several hours of battery power and easy options for recharging
- Has wireless capabilities and appropriate software
- Offers sufficient storage
Acceptable Use Policy
We, in Najd National Schools are pleased to provide our classes with full internet access that will come in handy when students need to research or to consult online resources. We are dedicated to provide the users with a safe environment where technology is adequately used. The school is very careful regarding the slightest threat that may arise from:
- exposure to harmful or inappropriate material
- the sharing of personal data, including images
- inappropriate online contact or conduct
The school will encourage students to take responsibility for their own safe use of technology. Students may access the following resources to understand how they can keep themselves safe online:
The school’s information technology resources are provided for educational purposes. Adherence to the following is necessary for continued access to the school’s technological resources:
Students must not
- Allow other people to use their account
- Distribute private information about others or themselves
- Photograph or record members of staff or students without their permission, using devices such as mobile phones, tablets, or cameras
- Send or receive offensive, abusive, or inappropriate e-mails
- Access offensive or abusive material and websites
- Interfere with other users' work
- Use software designed to unblock sites
- Use peer-to-peer file sharing software anywhere on school premises. These include, but are not limited to, BitTorrent and Kazaa.
- Abuse equipment
- Make offensive or inappropriate comments regarding other students, staff, or their school
The students must
- Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful
- Avoid spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings
- Follow copyright laws by not making illegal copies of music, games, or movies
- Cite sources when using others’ work (avoid plagiarizing)
- Report security risks or violations to a teacher or network administrator
- Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher or administrator.
In live classrooms, the student must:
- Set up his own study space well in advance of a remote course lecture. Make sure he is able to work quietly in an environment where he can focus without being disturbed by family members or housemates.
- Be aware that he is on camera, use professional language when speaking during remote teaching sessions, and conduct himself in a respectable manner, in line with face-to-face teaching – towards his peers and his teacher.
- Comply with the rules the teacher will establish inside the online classroom, e.g. the audio/video settings and how to ask questions or interject during a live session.
Consequences for Violation of these rules may result in disciplinary action according to the list of code and conduct provided by the Ministry of Education