Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Air Academy High School Student(s):
Beginning 2nd semester at Air Academy High School, students will be expected to bring their personal technology device for use in the classroom as part of our Bring Your Own Device Initiative. (BYOD) Academy District 20 is offering this option for several hundred students in six schools this spring. Air Academy teachers have been involved in specific training about how to make the best use of technology in the classroom. Allowing your student(s) to bring a device they already know and use to school means that learning opportunities can be enhanced.
Our district superintendent, Dr. Mark Hatchell, implemented this pilot program as a superintendent's initiative because Academy District 20 strives to prepare students for a globally-connected future. Our teachers are committed to educating students to be responsible, appropriate, and cautious with their digital footprint.
You likely have questions about whether your child's particular device has all of the software and safety programs installed for use in the classroom. You can read the minimum required characteristics and recommendations at (http://www.asd20.org/Documents/BYOD/Device%20Minimum%20Recommendations%2011-11-15.pdf). Students should bring devices that meet minimum recommendations and may use their internet capable cell phones if they wish.
If you are eligible for free and reduced lunch or have a unique situation where you are unable to purchase a device for your student(s), you may apply for a device that will be checked out and checked in each day to your student(s) at the following link (http://www.asd20.org/Documents/BYOD/AIRACADEMYLAPTOPPROGRAMACCEPTABLEUSEAGREEMENT.docx.pdf).The staff at Air Academy is committed to ensuring that your student(s) has access to a device so that learning through technology remains equitable for all students.
We look forward to your student(s) bringing his or her own device so that our school and the district can continue to broaden opportunities for students to engage in online collaboration, research, and self-directed learning at school and at home. With the information our teachers gain from this initiative, Academy District 20 technology leaders feel that in the next decade, students bringing their own devices to school will be second nature and schools will continue to incorporate student-owned devices into the school curriculum.
There will be a BYOD Parent Information Night on December 1, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Library at Air Academy High School. This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and get important information on technology integration at Air Academy High School. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Katy Sebben, School Librarian, at email@example.com
Mark G. Wahlstrom
Air Academy High School