"Bring Your Own Device" Pilot Program Launches

Leading, participating, and contributing in a rapidly changing global environment requires competence in digital media and learning. Keeping with the spirit of our mission, beginning first semester of the 2012 – 2013 school year, MLWGS will allow students to bring their own technology devices (laptops, smart phones, eReaders, iPads, etc.) for use at school. 

Use of these devices to enhance learning in the classroom will be pursued when deemed appropriate at the discretion of each teacher. With teacher approval, students may use their devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, collaborate with other learners, and utilize the productivity tools available to them through their Google App accounts or library resources.

MLWGS will pilot a “Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) program with the first 50 students who return the signed Agreement Form. Those students will be given access to the Internet using the MLWGS Student Wireless network. Students will log into a webpage using their MLWGS network credentials and be filtered as they normally are on a school-owned device. Students will not have access to their home directories or printing capability using their own devices.

Students will be asked at certain points during the first nine weeks about how they are using the access, any problems they are experiencing or what other options they might like to have available. If the pilot appears to be working well, additional students will be given Internet access. If problems arise, additional students will be added once the problems are solved.

The Acceptable Use Standards stated in the Student Handbook apply to the wireless network. The BYOD Fact Sheet and Agreement Form can be picked up in Room 114 beginning Sept. 17. The first 50 completed Agreement Forms returned to Room 114 will be given Internet access within 24 hours. All Agreement Forms will be numbered reflecting the order in which they are returned. Any Agreement Form beyond #50 will be kept on file and will be the first of the second wave of students who will be given Internet access should the Pilot Program grow.

Questions may be directed to Patti Chappell at pchappell@gsgis.k12.va.us or 804-358-4329.