Joshua ISD uses Instructional Technology to facilitate the creative problem solving, collaboration, and 21st century skills that students will need as responsible citizens in the global community. Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day. In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, Joshua ISD is implementing a BYOD program for all high school students at Joshua High School, Joshua Ninth Grade Campus, and New Horizon High School. The BYOD program will allow students to bring personal devices and connect them to the JISD network to be used for instructional purposes when allowed by the classroom teachers. Students who choose to participate in the BYOD program must follow the Responsible Use Policy and the BYOD Guidelines.
Joshua ISD provides technology that is appropriate and adequate to support instructional purposes. The use of personal devices by students is optional, and students who do not participate in the BYOD program will not be penalized and alternate means of participation will be available.
An important component of BYOD is education about appropriate online behaviors. JISD students receive instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response each school year. In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school rules while using personal devices.