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Crafting a successful BYOD policy

By Michael Shoaf and Dianna R. Foley
October 15th, 2013

Two district admins outline steps toward sustaining a BYOD program

BYOD-policyWith each new school year, districts across the country prepare to provide meaningful educational opportunities for all students. The Rocky River City School District in Ohio is no different.

However, Rocky River has been experiencing a three-year renovation of district facilities with goals to increase technology in daily classroom instruction and internet access by students through a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy.

The district’s improvement initiatives are the result of an effective and fluid strategic plan, stakeholder engagement on educational and co-curricular needs, and the approval of a $42.9 million bond issue. Each planning and action step was as important as the next.

Following the bond issue approval and after much planning, three years of construction projects began which provided many opportunities for district employees to learn and grow in the arena of construction knowledge. Heavy machinery operated outside the school windows while wings of the buildings were closed for complete remodeling.

As construction was ongoing, research into best practices and models for students to bring their own technology devices to school was well underway. District leaders facilitated research, planned for an environment that supported potentially thousands of devices working at once, and secured instructional applications for the new resources.

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