FAQ

What type of “device” do you expect students to bring to school?
Students may bring phones, smartphones (iPhone or android), laptops, tablets (iPads or android), and eReaders (Kindle, Nook) among other personal devices.

Are there specific requirements that devices must meet to be added to the school network?
To access the wireless network, the device must be capable of wireless access. Students will not be able to plug into the network through an Ethernet or other cable.

Do students have to register their device with the school administrators or teachers?
No, students are responsible for their own technology. However, it is completely up to the administrator or classroom teacher(s) as to whether personal devices can be used. Classroom usage can change on a daily basis.

How do students access the school network?
Most devices will detect a wireless connection when in proximity and prompt the user for access. Students can simply choose the district’s wireless network from the list. If the device does not display a prompt to choose a wireless network, students can go to the settings menu of their device and choose the district’s network.

Is it required that students use the school wireless network, or can they use their own 3G or 4G service?
Students must use the filtered school wireless network to access the Internet, they may not use a 3G, 4G or any other wireless network to access the internet from school.

My device will not connect to the network. Can the staff help me?
It is not the responsibility of your teachers or other district staff to troubleshoot individual devices. The first step should be to checks your owner’s manual for issues concerning connectivity.

Will I have access to district purchased software from personal technology devices (ex. Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, etc)?
Most district purchased software is only available on district owned equipment. Access to resources is similar to a typical Wi-Fi access available in public spaces (hotel, airport, coffee shop). Students in grades 9 - 12 will have access to Microsoft Office 365 for online productivity software, email, and file storage at school and from any other location with internet access. Microsoft Office 365 is available via personal devices as well.

What rules apply to the use of these devices on the wireless network?
As with all technology use, personal or school-owned, students must use technology for educational purposes with the permission of the teacher or an administrator. Students using a personally-owned device must abide by the district’s Administrative Acceptable Use of Technologies and Electronic Devices Board Policies. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device that is used to access it while in a public school. While students are using the device, they must use the district’s wireless network which is filtered.

What happens if a student uses the device inappropriately?
Violations of any Board policies, administrative procedures, or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules, or has engaged in other misconduct while using their personal device.

What are some examples of inappropriate use?
Examples may include but are not limited to the following:

  • • The student records a video without the permission of the teacher and posts the video on You Tube
  • • The student takes pictures during class or other students or themselves and sends them electronically to friends
  • • The teacher has given permission to use the device for a project, but the student chooses to check his or her account on a social media site instead
  • • The student is accessing websites unrelated to the classroom activity or assignment.

Who is responsible if the device is damaged, stolen, lost?
Students bring personal devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The district will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced devices or items. Some devices have a device locator; parents and/or students may want to enable this feature if possible.

What happens if another student is bullying me using a personal device?
All bullying incidents should be reported to a school administrator. Bullying would be a Student Code of Conduct issue.

What if a student doesn’t have his or her own personal technology device?
It is not mandatory for students to bring a device, even if they do own one.

How do students save their work on their device?
Students can save work directly to their device, My Big Campus (MBC), webapp.carlisleschools.org, or other online file depository.

Can students print from their device at school?
No, printing in the district from personal devices is not permitted.

Will students be able to charge their devices at school?
There are no facilities dedicated to charging personal devices. There are a limited number of outlets available, but students should make sure their device is charged prior to coming to school each day.

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