Hudson City Schools believes that 21st Century instruction is necessary for 21st Century learning. Providing students with an environment that fosters and encourages this belief is part of our core values. All members of our learning community hold the responsibility to value technology and achieve technological proficiency to prepare our students for future jobs, which currently may not exist. Schools must challenge students with rigorous, personalized academic experiences, foster innovation and creativity, and embrace emerging technologies.
In a 21st Century learning environment, students actively engage in a cohesively integrated curriculum, access information and apply it in solving authentic problems. Our students are living in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. Many students have personally owned devices in their pockets that can be used to allow them to learn in their own style and at their own pace. With digital learning, every student can access high quality and vigorous instruction in every subject, thereby, maximizing their opportunity for success in school and beyond. A decade ago this was just a dream. Today, it can be a reality.
What is the “D” in BYOD?For the purposes of BYOD, “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic piece of equipment that includes laptops, netbooks, tablets/slates, iPod Touches, e-Readers, cell and smart phones. No gaming devices are allowed (to include: Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable PSP, etc.)
What are some of the specifications for the Device?
The Hudson City Schools will not recommend specific models or even kinds of devices, you may want to consider the following features that your student will use as they engage in their school work:
- Wireless networking capability (the district provides filtered wireless access)
- A virus protection software if available
- An on screen or external keyboard or other means of entering text
- A headphone jack and earbuds or headphones
- A minimum of 6 hours of use from one battery charge
A fully functional, current web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari, which will allow access to GoogleApps for Education tools and documents.