Dear Parents & Guardians, Guardian Angels will soon become a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school. In short, this means that students will be able to bring their tablets & laptops for use at school. With this initiative comes many challenges & many good questions that we fully expect from our dynamic community. Sometime before the March break you will receive a permission form that explains the parameters and procedures at Guardian Angels and with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board about BYOD. We are excited to launch BYOD as we feel it has the ability to assist and enhance the learning in our 21st century learners. Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQ) that we have provided answers to as best we can.
1.What if I do not grant permission for my child to bring their own device ?
Currently, we have laptops and Ipads for student use so they can use these devices during classroom instruction. If there are not enough devices for the students then teachers lesson planning will accommodate those who do not have a device.
2. What grades will participate in the program & when?
Grades 4 to 8. The grade 8 students are currently participating in the program. A launch date will be March 23rd, 2015. The day after the March break.
3. Will my child’s device be safe?
During recess times, (including lunch recess) all students are not allowed in classrooms unless there is adult supervision. This has always been the case and we will continue to do so. However, we will not assume responsibility if a device is lost or stolen during these times. Of course we will make every attempt to recover the lost or stolen device but we will not be held responsible. Please note that many devices have tracking applications in place. This allows the owner a way to find their device through the internet if it is lost. Pleas set this up on your child's device.
4. If I decide against BYOD initially, can I grant my child permission later on throughout the year or even next year?
If you decide at any point in the year that you would like your child to participate, then of course you child would be able to do so. Communicate to your child’s teacher that you would like a BYOD form to sign.
5. Are we the only school participating in the BYOD program?
No, many schools in our board have the program in place.
6. What device should I buy?
That will be up to you and your family. We will do our best to ensure that the Applications, (Apps) we utilize in the classroom can be used across all platforms like Apple, Android and Windows.
7.What can I do to support my child if I will allow or not allow him/her to bring their device?
We suggest that your child get an email account with your permission. I would suggest(but not mandatory) a Gmail account at this point as Google offers several free Applications that the students will be able to use. Please place the email and password in place where both child and parent can easily access.
We understand that this initiative brings many challenges but we feel the benefits of this initiative outweigh the drawbacks. We thank you for your support as we continue to help our students prepare for the 21st century digital world.
BYOD Form can be found at: