Our goal as a school community is to prepare our students for what awaits them, and the 21st Century has brought rapid technological advances that have changed our world, and education, forever. A person in today’s digital environment must be thoughtful, a critical thinker, a moral person and nimble, moving between various devices, platforms, software and forms of communication to truly prepare for the world ahead.
For those times when 1:1 computing (one device per student) is educationally useful, Bishop Guertin High School employs a "bring your own device," or BYOD, model.
What is “BYOD”?
“Bring Your Own Device” is a program that allows students to bring personal learning devices (PLD) to school. These devices may include cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, etc. They can connect to the school Wi-Fi via the wireless network to gain access to online resources. Our expectation is that students will be using these devices for educational purposes, and their use will be subject to the expectations of each teacher and class.
The challenge of technology in a school setting is that it is a constantly changing landscape. New devices, new options, new forms of interconnection are created on almost a daily basis. We can be pulled in all directions by the latest fads. Numerous states and school districts have tried many forms of technology options. Whole state 1:1 programs for laptops or netbooks, iPad programs and e-book adoptions have been touted by many, but these programs often fail to demonstrate results because they place the technology ahead of the educational process.
At Bishop Guertin, our approach is always focused on our students, not the technology. Technology is simply a tool that lies at the service of their educational growth. It is important, then, that we provide students with the option of choosing the best learning devices for their needs. In situations where a single platform (eg. Windows PC) is needed, the school will provide resources for this instruction to occur.