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 will begin conducting a pilot program with Joshua High School senior students to allow personal devices on our network and school grounds for students who follow the responsibilities stated in the Acceptable Use Policy and the following guidelines regarding BYOD. Data will be gathered during this pilot program with the goal of expanding the program to other JISD students in the future.
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 pilot program will not be penalized and alternate modes 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.