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BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology)



Q1: Is it mandatory for a child to bring a device to school?


A: BYOT is an option for students.  HCPS will not require students to provide their own devices.  Teachers that utilize BYOT as an instructional strategy in their classroom will also provide options for students that do not have a personal device.


Q2: Will students be using their own data plans or will they use the school's Wi-Fi network?


A: HCPS receives federal funding which means HCPS is required to provide filtered Internet access to students through the HCPS network.  Students participating in BYOT will be asked to attach their personal device to the HCPS network which will have proper Internet filters in place.  This will also alleviate the need for students to utilize their own data plans.


Q3: How will students connect to the Wi-Fi network? (What if a student forgets his/her HCPS network username and/or password?)


A: One step requires students to enter their HCPS network credentials. If they cannot pass this screen, it may be because a student has forgotten their HCPS network password. To troubleshoot, a student should try to login to a school desktop computer. If they forgot the password and type the incorrect password more than three times, they will be locked out. A staff member may reset a student password using RosterManager. Once the password is correct, a student should not have a problem authenticating to the HCPS BYOTjoin network with a personal device and moving onto the next step.


A: In order to successfully connect to the HCPS Wi-Fi network, "connect apps" will need to be installed on personal devices.  The user will be prompted to access an app store and download the ClearPass Quick Connect application.  This application is required as a connection tool to install a network configuration certificate on the device which in turn allows the personal device to access the BYOT network.


Q4: When trying to authenticate a personal device a message appears that indicates the certificate is not trusted, do not download.  Why does that message appear?  Should the certificate still be downloaded?

         A: Sometimes even sources we trust get the “not trusted” message because the source is not recognized by the particular device or the device security system that is set up for “knowing” the source.  HCPS trusts the ClearPass QuickConnect application that provides the certificate.  Since HCPS trusts the application the download can be completed safely.


Q5: Will my child be required to download any apps for learning to their device?


A: We suggest having a QR reader app but HCPS will not require students to download apps for instructional purposes to their personal devices.


A: One app that is required is a certificate from Aruba ClearPass QuickConnect. (This app is discussed under Q3 and Q4). If parental controls are in place to block access to the respective app store (Amazon app, GooglePlay, etc), a student will not be able to authenticate at school. Your child will need to have this app downloaded before he/she can connect to the student BYOT network.


Q6: If a device has apps that are not appropriate for instruction, will students be able to open and use them in the BYOT network?


        A: Apps not appropriate for instruction will be blocked. When users try to access Snapchat, for example, the app may open, but they may not send any messages/images/videos. Each time a user clicks to open the blocked app, the device will be blocked from all Internet access for one minute. The page shown below will display. The same setting is in place for YouTube and other mobile apps that are not available for student use.


Q7: My child does not have a personal device.  How will this initiative impact him/her?


A: Teachers that utilize BYOT as an instructional strategy in their classroom will also provide options for students that do not have a personal device.


Q8: What if my child has a personal laptop available                                         for BYOT?


       A: Laptops may definitely be used for BYOT. Students will follow an alternate method for connecting to the network.



Q9: Will students be able to charge their devices during the school day?


A: Currently, this is up to the discretion of the administration/teachers at the school.  HCPS is exploring the possibility of charging stations/power pods and infrastructure updates to support BYOT charging.  We recommend that students charge their devices prior to coming to school.


Q10: What types of resources will you access utilizing this technology?


A: Students will easily have the ability to search for information online in real-time.  They will access online resources that foster student voice, collaboration, and creativity.  Students can access open source content, simulations, and demos.  Teachers will have the ability to collect student feedback and data in real-time.


Q11: Can you show how BYOT makes a difference in student learning?


A: Increased student engagement and real-time assessment that allows for adaptive instruction.  The speed in which students can access digital content with limited waiting increases instructional time.  BYOT provides opportunities for ongoing assessment and interactive learning.


Q12: Can HCPS see anything on my device?


A:  HCPS cannot see anything on your device.  HCPS does filter the internet that is accessible from your device as a provision of federal law but HCPS does not digitally enter the device or access any files housed on personal devices.


Q13:  What policies has HCPS put into place regarding BYOT?


A: In February, HCPS updated the Responsible Use Procedure.  That document can be reviewed by clicking here.