Black Gold School Division
Robina Baker Elementary School
780-987-3705

BYOED

Bring Your Own Educational Device (BYOED)

hroselli-cubiclewithaview-laptopBring 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.

Please visit the BGSD – BYOED website for more information (you can click on this link to view the site).

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.

  • Core subject classrooms have readily available digital tools and media that engage learners and teachers in the collaborative pursuit of challenging and personalized curricular experiences reflective of today’s global, digital world.
    • A focus on higher order thinking skills
    • Collaborative learning environments
    • Personalization of learning

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.

For Parents who would like to purchase a device:

WHAT DOES THE TECHNOLOGY FEE COVER?

The BGSD technology access fee will cover a variety of new software tools for students. The first such tool is assistive technology software, this will help students by reading text on the screen from websites they visit and documents they create, listening to your work read back to you helps catch writing errors and having text read from other content helps with understanding. The program also provides word prediction for struggling writers, standard and visual dictionaries, highlighting and organization tools and speech to text abilities. A second new software application will be a self assessment tool that uses machine learning to provide writing feedback for the student to help improve spelling, grammar, sentence structure and provide suggestions for improvement. Lastly we will be providing a creative publishing and charting tool to enable students to increase creativity and capability beyond a standard document or drawing.

Another use of the technology fee is for internet access. Our internet costs are increasing and a new contract by Alberta Infrastructure is greatly increasing the cost to school divisions. The funds will help manage that access, provide increased bandwidth for BYOED and improve protection for students accessing the internet.