Robina Baker Elementary School
Bring Your Own Educational Device (BYOED) is an initiative that encourages students (and staff) to use their own electronic devices in classrooms to personalize their learning. While all are encouraged to bring their own technology to school, formal BYOED (formerly BYOED) programs have clear goals for student use within a classroom.
Bring Your Own Educational Device fits in well with our primary goal for student technology use in Black Gold. RBES students will be working towards BYOED over the next couple years.
All schools in BGRS have a public wireless system for students and staff to connect their personal devices. A BGRS username and password is all that is required.
Teachers across the division have been using portable devices, laptops and netbooks, in classrooms since 2008. This has helped prepare them for the increasingly common sight of technology in the students hands such as tablets, cell phones, laptops and even gaming systems that come to school with internet access. It has also allowed them to learn the different modalities of teaching with technology and assess when its use is appropriate. Administrators in the schools have become involved assessing its effectiveness in the classroom to increase higher order thinking skills, collaboration and personalized learning.
Please note that in our Bring Your Own Educational Device projects, purchasing a device is not mandatory – while we encourage students to bring devices they already own, you are not obligated to purchase a device for your child.
For students that do not have a device, forget their device, or choose not to bring one, in formal BYOED projects, classrooms will have approximately 20 devices available for students use.
Inspiring Education and the upcoming new curriculum in Alberta Schools calls for an increase in leveraging technology for learning. Alberta Education has released the Learning and Technology Policy Framework for school divisions to plan for the greater integration with technology.