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Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy BYOD Pilot

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy BYOD Pilot

Snapshot

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy introduced a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot program for grade 11-12 at the beginning of the 2010-20111 school year and expanded its policy to grade 6-12 at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Below are a few key items about the BYOD program at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy:

  • Serves Pre K-12
  • Practices a face-to-face driver blended learning model
  • Uses Blackbaud SIS, FAWeb, NetClassroom and Online Campus Community

Overview

Holy Trinity offers traditional, face-to-face instruction but gives its teachers options for supplementing this instruction with student-owned devices with its BYOD program. Students may take pictures or video for a project with their phones, answer polls using a tool like Pollanywhere, or analyze a video for their physics class on their iPad. The school also has some teachers who are recording their lectures with a Mimio whiteboard with Camtasia and uploading them to Screencast.com. Students can then review them at home or on their mobile device if they have trouble understanding a concept or were absent.

At the start of the school year, students and their parents interested in participating in the BYOD program must sign the school’s Mobile Computing Device Policy. It gives teachers the final option as to whether to allow student owned device usage in their classroom. Some do, some don’t, depending on the subject and comfort level of the teacher. The school offers two wireless networks, one public and one secured (both filtered). Students can use the public wireless network with their personal computing devices.

Take-away

According to school officials, it has been a parent and student satisfier while it sets the school apart from other independent educational providers. The BYOD policy met three main objectives, which include the following:

  1. To give teachers the flexibility to include student owned devices in their lesson plans
  2. To allow students to take notes and access their files electronically; and
  3. To supplement its current technology resources.

For more, view the Mobile Computing Device Policy and visit htacademy.org.

Updated March 22, 2012