BYOD Minimum Requirements

BYOD Minimum Requirements & Recommendations

Students in Grades 6-12 Bring in Their Own Devices

As we constantly strive to fulfill our mission here at AAS - to engage, support, and prepare each student for today and tomorrow - we are aware that technology must seamlessly be embedded into the fabric of the student learning experience.  Students at AAS-Sofia in grades 6-12 bring their own laptops to school for use in their classes, particularly in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. With their own devices in hand and with guidance from their teachers, engaged students have taken ownership of their education and are forming critical skills needed for 21st Century success in learning and beyond.

Here are some reasons why personally owned devices work best:

  • Students are usually experts with the device they have and customize it to their learning needs.
  • Students can use it to learn anytime, anywhere.
  • Students can collaborate with their peers after school, about their school work.
  • Students develop skills for 21st Century success.
  • Students in BYOD schools develop an understanding of and proficiency with a variety of devices, thus increasing their resiliency and critical thinking skills.

Minimum BYOD Requirements

All laptops brought to school will be evaluated for meeting the minimum requirements before it will be permitted on the school network. Parents will be informed if the device does not meet the requirements and asked to provide their child with one that does.

Machine Type

Laptop

iPads, iPods and other tablets have many uses in the class as well but laptops are required

Platform

PC, Mac, or Chromebook

This gives students the ability to choose their most comfortable environment

Anti-Virus Software

PC, Mac - with automatic updating

This is needed to protect the data on the laptop as well as the school network and other devices on the network.

Wifi

supporting 802.11 b/g/n

(this is standard in all systems)

The ability to connect to the school’s wireless internet is vital for access to their cloud files, applications, websites, and online research.

Operating System

Current, English version of any operating system (iOS, Windows, Chrome OS)

This ensures the latest software and programs are compatible with the laptop and can be understood by student and teacher.

Battery Life

minimum 5 hours

The device will need to come fully charged to school and be able to last the whole day without plugging in. A 2nd battery can also be used.

Memory & Ram

8GB - PC or Mac

4GB - Chromebook

The device will need to store and process data quickly & effectively.

Hardware features

Camera & Microphone

This is to ensure students can participate in media-based activities.

Screen size

11 inches or more

The screen should be large enough to avoid eye-strain when used throughout a school day

Other essential considerations

Casing

A sturdy cover surrounding the laptop to protect it from scratches and if it is dropped - a hard shell is preferable to a sleeve

 

Weight

The laptop should be light enough to carry each day

 

Durability

Consider the device’s overall durability - are the keys sturdy? It should be expected to last at least 3 years.

 

Insurance

Devices can become lost or broken. Make sure your policy covers these situations.

 

Warranty

Consider purchasing a 3-year warranty with damage protection to reduce future repair costs.

 

Required Accessories:

  • Earphones or Headset

Recommended Accessories:

  • Laptop bag/backpack that can also carry other school items
  • Laptop cover to protect it
  • Identification stickers
  • Mouse (recommended but not required)

Recommendations for Parents:

  • Parents should take a photo and record the model and serial number of the laptop they purchase. This can be easily accomplished by taking a picture of the serial number as well as the sales receipt.
  • Given that families own the laptops, treat them with the same care as with other valuable personal belongings.
  • When students are using the laptop at home or at school for educational purposes, we encourage them to do one thing at a time. While having multiple programs open at the same time may facilitate learning, all open programs should serve the same purpose with respect to task focus and accomplishment. There is software available that can help students with this like: StayFocusD (a Google Chrome extension) and Focus (for Mac computers)
  • At home, families should set up work routines within which family time, homework, play, and socializing take place at separate and distinct times.
  • We encourage a work environment at home that promotes trust, responsibility and accountability. Given the safety and family values concerns of some internet content, we suggest student work station placement provide all family members a direct line of sight to their laptop monitor and there should be on-going family discussions about appropriate Internet use. We advise that student passwords be written in a safe place and that parents have access to passwords.
  • We strongly recommend that students disable/turn off chat programs or other default communication programs while they are working on the laptops at home. At school, chat programs are used appropriately only as part of a class lesson. If used at home, chat program preferences should be set so that they are turned off during the school day.