Upper School BYOD Program
Our BYOD program is designed to help students develop the digital literacy and computer skills needed for their rapidly-changing, complex, global and technology rich future. Our upper school curriculum helps each student develop a range of skills to create, evaluate, and share information.
- Do I have to buy a new laptop or tablet?
- Are students required to bring in a personally owned device?
- Who pays for the devices?
- What about the Office Suite?
- Does my child still need a graphing calculator?
- Should I purchase an extended warranty?
- Are students expected to use these devices at home?
- What about students who are unable to afford digital devices?
- Are there any recommended and required accessories?
- What software do students need on their devices?
- What happens if a digital device is lost or stolen?
- What should students do with their devices when they are not being used?
- Will devices be used in every class?
- What if students forget their device and need it for class?
- What about printing?
- Are there any other recommendations regarding this purchase?
We strongly recommend that you purchase a warranty, from the original equipment manufacturer for the device you provide your child, at the time of purchase. We also recommend that families consider purchasing theft and hazard insurance as warranties typically do not cover abuse, theft, or accidental damage.
These types of devices are small, expensive, and easily resold. We recommend that families check their insurance policies (homeowners or renters) to see if the theft of a digital device is covered. It is also a good idea to investigate insurance from companies such as safeware. Some devices, such as iPads, come pre-loaded with a location-finding application. If your child’s device is stolen, report it to the school immediately and file a report with your local law enforcement agency.
They should store them, locked, in their locker. They should never leave their digital devices unattended while on campus. Each digital device and accessory, including charging cables, should be clearly labeled with the student’s first and last name. We also encourage the use of stickers as a way to personalize, and make it easier to identify each digital device.
No. Whether a device is used for any given lesson depends upon each teacher’s learning goal and judgement about the best way to enhance and document the learning that is taking place. Digital devices are very powerful tools for engaging in scholarly work, but they are not the only powerful tools that TVS teachers use to facilitate active learning.
If you are purchasing a windows laptop we recommend that you purchase it from the Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, consumer windows machines purchased from big box stores frequently come bundled with software that is neither useful nor needed, and slows down the machine. Laptops purchased from the Microsoft Store do not have that type of software loaded on them. This is not an issue for Apple laptops.