Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Overview

  • As part of the 2014-2018 Technology Bond and Levy, Northshore School District has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model in select classrooms & schools in the district. As of Fall 2016, all Secondary campuses will offer wifi access to all students who choose to bring a device to support their learning. The BYOD initiative provides students in these classrooms access to the NSDBYOD network using their student account and password and the option of bringing in a personal device as means to enhance their education.  logo of electronic plugs
    The goals of this initiative are:
    • Personal ownership of learning and outcomes
    • Lifeskills related to care of technology and ownership
    • Increased opportunity for more teacher/technology integration
    • Opportunity to move from teacher-centered to learner-centered environments
    • Learning goes home with the student
    Why BYOD in Northshore?
    BYOD has the potential to unleash the power of personal technology in Northshore classrooms.  When implemented thoughtfully, allowing students to bring their own technology personalizes the learning experience for them.  Allowing students access to acquiring and organizing their own content and resources places more accountability and responsibility on them for taking ownership of their own learning.
    According to the 2009 report "Pockets of Potential", BYOD and the use of mobile devices:
    1. Encourage “anywhere, anytime” learning
      Mobile devices allow students to gather, access, and process information outside the classroom. They can encourage learning in a real-world context, and help bridge school, afterschool, and home environments.

    2. Reach underserved children
      Because of their relatively low cost and accessibility in low-income communities, handheld devices can help advance digital equity, reaching and inspiring populations “at the edges” — children from economically disadvantaged communities and those from developing countries.

    3. Improve 21st-century social interactions
      Mobile technologies have the power to promote and foster collaboration and communication, which are deemed essential for 21st-century success.

    4. Fit with learning environments
      Mobile devices can help overcome many of the challenges associated with larger technologies, as they fit more naturally within various learning environments.

    5. Enable a personalized learning experience
      Not all children are alike; instruction should be adaptable to individual and diverse learners. There are significant opportunities for genuinely supporting differentiated, autonomous, and individualized learning through mobile devices.
    Please peruse the BYOD resources in the left navigation for more detailed information on this project.