PHS launches "Bring Your Own Device" on Monday
In an e-mail to parents last night, Portsmouth High School principal Robert Littlefield announced the official start of the school's "Bring Your Own Device" program on Monday, Feb. 3. Here's the e-mail from Littlefield:
We are getting ready to take our bold new step into the future -- the launching of our Bring Your Own Device policy on Monday, February 3rd.
Essentially, we will open our WiFi to anyone with an Internet device on our campus. When used RESPONSIBLY, and for its INTENDED PURPOSE this will amount to an exciting way to enhance student learning.
I have attached a copy of our "Frequently Asked Questions About BYOD" for all students and parents.
Every student at Portsmouth High School now has a PHS email account. We have sent an important message to every student about acceptable use of BYOD. In order to use our WiFi, students must open their email, click on a Google link, and agree to follow proper procedures. They will have until the end of the day on Thursday, January 30th to get this done.
Parents: click on the following link to connect with the BYOD page on our school's website. [link]
If you DO NOT want your child to have access to the Internet on a personal device, please contact the main office by emailing the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to be clear about some basic rules regarding BYOD:
- All use is to be at the discretion of the teacher.
- Access to the Internet must be through our filtered WiFi, no 3G, 4G, or hotspot access
- Using the PHS WiFi is a privilege, not a right. It can be taken away for improper use.
- No technology support is available for personal devices at this time. Students are responsible for their own devices.
We want our students to have the best learning opportunities possible. Therefore, we need everyone's cooperation if this to work.
As always, I welcome your questions and thoughts. Feel free to reply to this email to contact me.
Download the BYOD guide (900K pdf)
Editorial note: Written from a PSD e-mail.