Protocol for the Use of Technology on Piney Grove Middle School Campus
As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, students in classes where teachers explicitly give their permission to do so may now bring their own technology (Bring Your Own Technology = B.Y.O.T.). Teachers are allowed to permit, as well as limit, technology usage based upon their classroom environment and instructional goals. Students are NOT permitted to utilize iPods, MP-3 players or music playing devices during the school day. The only exception to this rule is on special school-designated “iPod Days”.
Definition of “Technology”
For purposes of BYOT, “Technology” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand-held equipment that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable internet devices, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), hand-held entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.
Only the internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connective devices such as, but not limited to, cell phones/cell network adapters are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources at any time.
Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. The Forsyth County School System, nor its staff or employees, is not liable for any device stolen or damages on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.