Immaculate Conception Academy | Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a program which allows students to bring their own device to school for the purpose of enriching their academic learning experiences.
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Bring Your Own Device Policy

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a program which allows students to bring their own device to school for the purpose of enriching their academic learning experiences. In ICA, the implementation of BYOD in the Senior High School has allowed students to:

 

(a) do online research to fulfill academic requirements,

(b) accomplish non-graded online exercises and activities through software applications and learning management systems,

(c) have easy access to information from various sources,

(d) maximize the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for learning and developing life-long skills and

(e) experience more fully 21st century learning with a holistic, creative, collaborative and global perspective.

 

The implementation of BYOD is determined by specific guidelines drafted into a policy to ensure its effectivity. The Student Agreement details the scope and nature of BYOD.  The section on Student Responsibilities gives further information on the proper handling and the authorized or permissible use of the device and the school’s Wi-Fi network as well as the sanctions a student may face for violating the policy. Minimum gadget specifications to make sure that the device can function properly are enumerated in the section on Device Requirements.

 

 

Student Agreement

 

As a Senior High Student, I abide by the school’s BYOD policy which states that:

 

(1) I can only bring and use 1 BYOD device to school. I will register this device for security purposes and to comply with the objectives of the BYOD Program. (See Section on Device Requirements for the specifications.)

 

(2) I will use my device and the High School department’s Wi-Fi network for academic purposes and for official school activities at my teacher’s instruction.

 

(3) I will not use the cellular functions of my device such as but not limited to texting, calling and sending multi-media messages.

 

(4) I will only use the Wi-Fi Network provided by the school. I will not use the mobile data service of my device and will not connect it to any internet broadband or alternative internet service while in school.

 

(5) I will not charge my device at school. (See Section on Student Responsibilities.)

 

(6) Without the written approval or instruction of my teacher or of a school authority, I will not use my device to record (audio, video, still photos) any school proceeding including classroom discussions and activities.

 

(7) I will not attach any school-owned equipment to my device without the permission of my teacher.

 

(8) I will only use my own portal/internet log-in details provided by the school and will never share these details with others.

 

(9) I will not give my personal information to strangers to ensure my security.

 

(10) I will not hack or bypass any of the school’s hardware and software security by using Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications and other proxy sites among others.

 

(11) I will not use my own device to knowingly search for, link to, access or send anything that is:

 

(a) offensive

(b) pornographic

(c) threatening

(d) abusive

(e) defamatory

(f) considered to be an act of bullying.

 

I understand that the foregoing examples of unauthorized use of my own device and the School’s Wi Fi, internet    and computer resources are not exclusive and do not preclude the possibility of such other unauthorized uses or activities as may warrant disciplinary action by the School.

 

(12) I will not use my device to violate the provisions of RA No. 9995 otherwise known as the Anti- Photo and Voyeurism Act of the Philippines.

 

(13) I will report to my teacher any inappropriate behavior or material that I have accessed and/or which I have received from someone.

 

(14) I will comply with copyright laws and “fair use” guidelines in the use of data including media resources from the internet.

 

(15) I understand and agree that the school can conduct random checking of devices to ensure that the use of the device and the school’s Wi-Fi network while at school abides by the regulations stated in the policy.

 

(16) I understand that the school may use any available means to monitor my use of the School’s Wi Fi, internet and computer resources (all these resources of the School are included in the BYOD policy) as the School may deem appropriate to ensure my compliance with the School’s BYOD policy and any unauthorized use on my part of such Wi Fi, internet and computer resources may be used by the School in any disciplinary proceedings against me.

 

(17) I understand that the use of the School’s Wi-Fi network, internet and computer resources in ICA is a privilege, not a right. The school reserves the right to limit, temporarily or permanently, the availability of the network at any time.

 

I understand that my teacher can instruct me not to use my device especially when its use distracts myself or the class.

 

(19) I acknowledge that the school cannot be held responsible for any damage to, or theft of my device.

 

(20) I understand and have read the limitations of the manufacturer’s warranty on my device, both in duration and in coverage.

 

(21) I understand that my use of any password provided to me by the School to gain access to the School’s Wi Fi, internet and computer resources does not provide me with any expectation of privacy in the materials I create, download, receive or send on my personal computer (collectively, “Materials”); correspondingly, any such Materials shall be subject to monitoring by the School to ensure strict compliance of its BYOD policy.

 

(22) I understand that non-compliance to any of these procedures, rules and regulations have corresponding sanctions. (See Section on Student Responsibilities.)

 

 

Student Responsibilities

 

Operating system and anti-virus:

Students make sure that their operating system and software are duly licensed and legally acquired, and must be equipped with an anti-virus software.

 

ICA’s Wi-Fi network connection:

Student devices can only connect to the department’s Wi-Fi network while at school.

 

Battery life and charging:

Student devices must be fully charged for the entire school day. No charging equipment will be supplied by the school. Back up batteries or a power bank may be brought for easy charging. In cases when the student’s device loses battery life, the student cannot use such as an excuse not to accomplish school requirements and activities.

 

Theft and damage:

Students are responsible for securing and protecting their devices at school. Any loss or damage to a device is not the responsibility of the school. The device should be properly labeled with the owner’s identification (Complete Name, Grade Level and Section, Student Number).

 

Sanctions

(1) Violation of Items 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the Student Agreement is considered a Minor Offense.

(2) Violation of Items 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the Student Agreement is considered a Major Offense.

(3) Violation of Item 14 in the Student Agreement will be dealt with according to existing academic policies and procedures.

Students who violate the Student Agreement are subject to disciplinary sanction as stipulated in the Student Handbook for High School students.

 

Confiscation

Student devices may be temporarily confiscated if the School has reasonable grounds to breaches of the BYOD Student Agreement.  The School shall issue an Infraction Slip to a student who committed a minor offense and shall issue the student a receipt for such temporarily confiscated device/s.

Besides the regular sanction for a minor infraction, the following consequences will be imposed:

(1) First Offense

– Immediate confiscation of the device and to be redeemed ONLY by the parent/s from the GLC after a period of THREE (3) DAYS.

(2) Second Offense

– Immediate confiscation of the device and to be redeemed ONLY by the parent/s from the GLC after a period of ONE (1) WEEK.

(3) Third Offense

– Immediate confiscation of the device and to be redeemed ONLY by the parent/s from the GLC at the END OF THE SEMESTER.

 

Maintenance and support:

Students are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their devices.

 

Ergonomics:

Students should ensure they are comfortable using their device in relation to screen size, sturdy keyboard, etc.

 

Data back-up:

Students are responsible for backing-up their own data and should ensure this is done regularly.

 

Insurance/warranty:

Students and their parents/guardians are responsible for arranging their own insurance and should be aware of the warranty conditions for the device.

 

 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Device Requirements

 

Wireless connectivity:

The department’s Wi-Fi network operates on 150 MBPS with 30 MBPS backup.

 

Operating system:

The device can either be an Apple iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, Android Tablet with a built-in Lollipop OS, Macbook Pro or a laptop/notebook with Windows 10 OS.

 

Software and apps:

Installed Learning Management System (LMS) specifically Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo and other applications as prescribed by the subject teacher.

 

Battery life:

Fully charged batteries with back- up batteries or power bank for easy charging

 

Memory and RAM:

A minimum specification of 16 GB storage to process and store data effectively (applicable for tablets and iPads); and 4GB memory for laptops/notebook

 

Ergonomics:

Reasonable sized screen and a sturdy keyboard (if available) to allow continuous use throughout the day

 

Other considerations

Protective Casing: Tough and sturdy to avoid damage

Weight: Lightweight for ease of carrying

Durability: Durable and strong

 

Accessories

Carry case: Supply a carry case or skin to protect the device.

Insurance and warranty: Be aware of the terms of insurance policies/warranties for the device. The school will not accept responsibility for loss or breakage.

Back-up storage: Consider a portable hard drive or to back-up essential documents.