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Bring Your Own Device

The Independent School is committed to moving students and staff forward in a 21st century learning environment. As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Therefore, Independent has decided to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In this initiative, students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist their learning experiences. Use of these technologies in each individual classroom will ultimately be determined by the classroom teacher dependent upon curriculum. Please note that students who do not bring in outside technology will be able to access and utilize the school’s equipment. No student will be left out of our instruction.

Acceptable Use of Technology

BYOD FAQ For Students

How do I connect to the internet?

Most laptops or other personal devices (smartphones) will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time, your technology tool will ask you if you would like to join the network. When prompted, choose PantherNET from the list. Once you choose this network, it will prompt you to enter a security key. You may obtain the key from any teacher or staff member. If prompted, you will have to accept the terms of service. Read this carefully so that you know what should be expected. At all times when connected to PantherNET, you are held to the Acceptable Use Policy for Students.

My device will not connect to the network. Can I get some help from someone?

Students who may have technical issues with their device need to take care of this issue by working with their user’s manual (outside of class time). These are not Independent devices and the school is not allocating resources at this time to troubleshoot issues.

I brought my device to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it.

The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he or she asks you not to use your device, then you should follow those directions. Access is only available, not guaranteed for each classroom situation.

I need to save my work in my Independent shared folder. Why can’t I access this resource?

You are on the PantherNET Network. It is not the same as the network you would normally access from a school computer. You will not see your shared folder, so you will need to save your work on your device or to a flash drive.

I need to print my work. Why is there no printer listed?

Like the shared folders, printers are on the Independent network and will not be available when you log in to the guest network. Some printing solutions include: saving it to a flash drive and printing from home or another school computer. Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom or other learning spaces is at the discretion of the teacher or other campus administrators.

Who should I contact if my device is stolen?

Bringing your own technology device to school can be useful; however, some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number in case of theft. Independent is not responsible for theft or damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school staff or administrator to make him or her aware of the offense.

Why is my access filtered on my own device? 

Student filtering is required of all schools by federal law. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the tool you use to access it while in a school. The network you are using while at school belongs to Independent and will be filtered.

Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?

Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy for The Independent School remains in effect even when you are using your own laptop, smartphone, iPad etc. Each time you attempt to access the network at school, you will be prompted to accept the terms of service which include the AUP. Violating the terms of the AUP would be a student code of conduct violation and would be dealt with by a school administrator.

BYOD FAQ For Parents

My child is bringing their iPad to school for instructional purposes. Will he have access to things he normally does with school equipment?

Your son/daughter will have access to any of the web-based software high school campuses currently use (databases, library search tools, etc.). Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. You should consult your owner’s manual for software limitations. (Ex. iPads cannot run software requiring Flash Player.)

As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s technology tool?

No. Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required to participate. It is also a good idea to have some kind of document creation program, whether it be Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or a cloud based service such as Google Docs. While on the PantherNet network, students will be monitored through the school’s filter (Untangle), so there is no need for additional filtering software.

What are the campus/classroom rules for using student owned devices including phones?

Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom; student owned equipment would be no different. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Please refer to the student handbook for further details.