7th–12th Grade Bring Your Own Device Initiative
Killian Hill Christian School is launching a new technology initiative for grades 7–12 in August of 2013. Each student will be allowed and expected to have a tablet PC or laptop that they can carry to class on a regular basis. Since each family is providing their own device in this initiative, the parents and student have the option to choose what type of device they will bring to school within certain limits. This type of technology initiative is called a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.
As an option, students in grades 7–12 may purchase e–textbooks if one is available from the publisher. Parents will be totally responsible for all aspects of the e–text cost, ordering, and maintenance. Ordering information will be available at a later time. Each student will still be issued a paper textbook for their use as normal.
KHCS recognized the importance and relevance of encouraging and training our students to use technology properly and to solve real school-related (work-related) problems. It is the desire of the faculty and administration that we prepare our students with an excellent 21st–century education. On this page, you will find information about this initiative, including recommendations for what device to bring and what apps or software to have on your device. If you have any questions that are not answered on this web page, please feel free to contact the school, and we will direct you to the person who can best answer your question.
Killian Hill Christian School (KHCS) is excited to embark on a fresh vision for junior and senior high school education. KHCS is beginning a technological initiative integrating a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) within other high school courses grades 7–12. KHCS has five learning goals for this initiative: biblical worldview, collaboration, critical thinking, discovery/investigation, and digital ethics. KHCS is committed to integrating these goals into our biblically centered curriculum, providing a world–class, 21st–century Christian education.
KHCS believes that 21st–century instruction is necessary for 21st–century learning. 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.
KHCS is committed to preparing students to be literate, responsible citizens in a global economy. The KHCS BYOD Initiative will immerse our students into a technology-rich instructional environment to become effective users and communicators of information in order to function in a technological society. Understanding and adhering to the following guidelines and procedures is necessary for the success of the program.
The KHCS biblical worldview in education is summarized in the following objectives. The first objective is to know God as supremely preeminent and relevant to every aspect of today’s modern life of a believer. Biblical Christian education necessarily begins with creation and the dominion mandate. The message of redemption is of primary concern in biblical Christian education. The Christian’s mandate in education is to bring all of life into captivity unto God as Alpha and Omega. We affirm that the ultimate goal of education should be to orient human beings biblically toward the knowledge of God, humanity, and the rest of God’s creation in order to prepare them to take their places in family, church and society to the glory of God and in the service of Christ’s Kingdom and their fellowman (2 Kings 22:8–23:26; Malachi 4:4–6; Matthew 20:26–28; Acts 16:30–34).
The second objective is to know all other world views fully and fairly. Nothing can be known in a vacuum; that is, we cannot know what we believe and why if we do not simultaneously know what we do not believe and why. It is not possible to know the biblical Christian worldview without knowing the worldviews antithetical to biblical Christianity.
Thirdly, in biblical Christian education, it is proposed to reinterpret everything on the basis of biblical presuppositions and the biblical worldview. Biblical Christian education and scholarship is second to none; it requires mastery of the rudiments: recognition that God is applicable to all of life, full and fair knowledge of all other worldviews, and reinterpretation of everything on the basis of biblical presuppositions.
The fourth objective should be to give students the best tools possible to study and learn the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:7–12; 11:18–20). We believe that education ought to cultivate in students the four basic skills of cognition, communication, imagination, and valuation (2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:29; Philippians 4:8–9).
Traditional schools isolate learners, forcing them to forge ahead individually, ignoring the importance and prevalence of collaboration in the “real” world. This initiative will encourage students to connect to each other and to students around the nation and the world. Many suggest the world is becoming “flatter,” and KHCS is prepared to teach students, through the implementation of iPad technology, how to engage, interact, and minister to a world that is increasingly close.
We affirm that there is a variety of teaching and learning methods that may be appropriate for specific curriculum content with a particular learner or group of learners. Effective activities include collaboration and small group activities (Mark 6:7–12; Luke 10:1–11).
“Cooperative learning enables students to develop Christ-likeness as they learn to work together, to be considerate of each other, to take turns, and to listen to others’ opinions without a critical response.” (Philippians 2:4–5; Colossians 4:5–6; Ephesians 5:15–16; Romans 15:1–7) Draper, Mary (2011). “Incorporating Group Work into Your Teaching.” Journal for Christian Educators. 18(1), 8.
Colossians 2:6–8 (ESV) “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
In order to equip our students to follow the exhortation of Colossians 2:8, KHCS recognizes the need to train our students in the use of critical thinking skills. Critical thinking clarifies goals, examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence, accomplishes actions, and assesses conclusions. KHCS recognizes that critical thinking is an important component of most professions. It is a part of the formal education process and is increasingly significant as students progress through university to graduate education. Critical thinking as the process of purposeful, self–regulatory judgment, which uses reasoned consideration to evidence, context, conceptualizations, methods, and criteria, is an invaluable tool for Christians in discerning truth. It has been described in more detail as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
It is the vision of KHCS that as a result of our training, our students will be not be deceived by the world’s philosophies and will be guided in their beliefs and actions by the truth of the Word of God.
Discovery occurs when the learner is not provided with the target information or conceptual understanding but must personally arrive at the solution through active investigation.
All students and teachers will acknowledge that their heavenly Father has necessarily endowed them with unique capacities for assisted self–discovery. In view of the believer’s stewardship of talents, students and teachers should recognize and embrace their personal responsibility to value, develop, and employ for God’s glory their providential capacities for active learning. Subsequently, teachers should encourage and all students should gratefully embrace the benefits of—and their opportunities for—assisted self–discovery and investigation. Additionally, because Scripture asserts that knowledge and wisdom are worthy of being sought and things to be attained by actively getting (Proverbs 3:13, 4:5, 8:17, 23:23, etc.), KHCS seeks to encourage curiosity, investigation, love of learning, and a desire to look deeper, viewing these character traits as superior to mere knowledge.
We believe that scientific investigation is a valid and necessary means of studying the universe and of discovering its orderly operation (Genesis 1:14; Psalm 19:1–2, 4, 6–8; 104:19; Daniel 2:21; Matthew 16:2, 3; Luke 21:25–26).
We recognize that freedom of inquiry is central to man’s innate desire for truth and that all truth is God’s truth. Therefore, we encourage inquiry into all fields of knowledge not forbidden in the Bible (John 8:31–32; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
To this end, all KHCS students will develop a biblical view of their ability and responsibility to seek knowledge and will regularly engage in discovery that involves asking pertinent questions and then finding the answers through a variety of guided discovery methods at an increasingly sophisticated level.
We believe that God is the author of all true ethics; that true ethics are based on absolute truth and unchanging principles of right and wrong as revealed in the Bible; that there are ethical absolutes that apply equally to all people everywhere; and that one purpose of education should be to help students discover these unchanging biblical standards of right and wrong and reflect on the logical consequences of departing from these standards (Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 7:7–11; Matthew 5:17–18; Romans 1:19–20).
Each of the above goals is essential in a 21st–century education; however, isolated from sound biblical teaching, these skills are futile. KHCS, from its founding over forty years ago, has been committed to educating students within the framework of Scripture. While the pace of technological change seems to be accelerating exponentially, our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The gospel is as powerful and essential today as it was before the Internet. KHCS will encourage students to use this foundation for valuation as they think about leveraging technology for the Kingdom and will produce students that have a strong biblical worldview, are collaborative, think critically, demonstrate a desire for discovery and investigation, and are productive for God’s glory.
Personal Device User Policy
KHCS has a right to protect its network and technical resources. Thus, any network user who brings his or her own personal device into the school building is required to adhere to and sign the Student/Parent BYOD Agreement, Acceptable Use Policy Agreement, and Hold Harmless Agreement. These documents will be reviewed and adopted annually. The aforementioned documents can be found in the documents section of the web page.
KHCS is committed to preparing students to be literate, responsible citizens in a global economy. The KHCS technology project will immerse our students into a technology-rich instructional environment to become effective users and communicators of information in order to function in a technological society. Understanding and adhering to the following guidelines and procedures is necessary for the success of the program.
A. General Security
- Never leave your computer device unsecured. Computers should be stored in your locked locker.
B. General Use of the BYOD
- Students are not allowed to bring a device for BYOD purposes that has 3G or 4G service; devices may only support WiFi service.
- Students who bring their own device will be required to attach a sticker to the device, identifying administrative approval for use of the device at KHCS.
- Students are REQUIRED to bring their computer device to school each day with a fully charged battery. Students may not be given the use of a loaner computer device if they leave their device at home, and they may not be permitted to charge their device at school.
- Computer device sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
- The student takes full responsibility for his or her device and keeps it with himself or herself at all times. The school is not responsible for the security of the device.
- The student is responsible for the proper care of their personal device, including any costs of repair, replacement, or any modifications needed to use the device at school.
- Student computer devices will be subject to routine monitoring by teachers, administrators, and technology staff. Users shall have no expectation of privacy while using their computer device to access KHCS electronic information resources, including the contents of computer files or communication undertaken by way of the computers and/or network. Teachers and/or KHCS administration may conduct an individual search of a student’s computer, files, video, e–mail, or other related items if there is suspicion that KHCS policies or guidelines have been violated.
- Avoid using your computer device in areas that may lead to damage or theft. When using the power cord, do not leave the cord in areas that may cause a tripping hazard.
- The student may not use the devices to record, transmit, or post photos or video of a person or persons on campus. Nor can any images or video recorded at school be transmitted or posted at any time without the express permission of a teacher.
C. Parent Expectations
In order for students to experience all the success and benefits that this program can offer, KHCS encourages parents to:
- Monitor their child’s appropriate Internet use and adherence to Internet guidelines when using their computer device. Parents should ensure that their child adheres to Internet guidelines established at home and at school.
- Generally, students should assume that they will not have e–mail access while using a KHCS WIFI account.
- If due to administrative approval a student is granted e–mail access, the student will abide by all e–mail guidelines as outlined in KHCS policies.
- E–mail transmissions and transmitted data shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use.
E. Internet Access/Filtering
- As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, a current filtering solution (blocking and monitoring inappropriate websites) is maintained by the school system for school use on the computer device. The school cannot guarantee that access to all inappropriate sites will be blocked. It is the responsibility of the user to follow guidelines for appropriate use of the network and the Internet. KHCS will not be responsible for any problems suffered while on the network or the Internet. Use of any information obtained through the Internet is at the user’s own risk.
- KHCS will not provide Internet access for home use.
F. Technology Policy
It is the policy of KHCS to mandate and expect that technology, including the Internet system, be used in a responsible manner. KHCS has established policies and procedures for the use of all technology systems along with rules governing the behavior for accessing the system. All electronic communications, including e–mail and Internet communications, should conform to the school’s acceptable use policies. Those who do not comply with the standards of behavior outlined in the Computer Use Policy, Student/Parent BYOD Agreement, or Parent/Student Handbook may lose their privileges to use the system and/or be subject to disciplinary action that may result in the loss of network privileges and/or additional disciplinary action up to and including referral for legal action.
The purpose of the Internet is to augment our information base after other authoritative sources have been exhausted.
Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using KHCS e–mail or computer systems. E–mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students must use appropriate language in all messages. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by teachers or the administration.
Any e–mail or computer application or information in school computers or computer systems is subject to monitoring by the staff and/or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. Students who violate these rules, or any other classroom rules relating to computer use, are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school.
G. Technology Usage Guidelines
In school, student access to and use of the Internet will be available only through teacher/adult designee supervision and as such should be under teacher direction and monitored as any other classroom activity. Users shall promptly report to a teacher or other school employee any message received that is inappropriate or makes the user uncomfortable.
In school, e–mail access use for students may be used for classroom-related use only. E–mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to authorities.
All copyright issues regarding software, information, and attributions of authorship must be respected. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a specific item, you should request permission from the copyright owner. Copyright law can be very complicated. If you have questions, ask your teacher. The unauthorized copying or transfer of copyrighted material will result in the loss of network privileges.
- Do not deliberately spread computer viruses.
- Do not intentionally search for, view, and/or distribute inappropriate materials.
- In compliance with federal guidelines, KHCS has installed and maintains a filtering device that is monitored on a regular basis. Access to the Internet is not a right but a privilege. If students violate rules, they will lose access privileges and may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Comments that are sexually suggestive, humiliating, or threatening are not allowed.
- E–mail or posted messages that include insulting words or expressions, which intend to injure, intimidate, bully, or harass others, are not allowed. These prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, derogatory comments with respect to race, religion, gender, age, or disability.
- While the school respects the right of employees and students to use social networking sites (i.e., Facebook) to communicate with others, any postings referencing KHCS shall always be professional and respectful of the school, KHCS employees, parents, and students.
Examples of Inappropriate Use
- Logging on to another person’s computer without his or her permission
- Using a computer device not assigned to you (Teachers may allow students to look on with another student for instructional purposes only.)
- Using proxy sites to bypass web filtering
- Videoing or taping on school property (not permitted unless it is related to a school assignment)
- E–mailing or chatting during class when not related to a school assignment
- Using profanity
- Frivolous use at school, such as but not limited to gaming, watching YouTube, playing videos, etc.
Consequences include but are not limited to:
- School suspension
- Loss of technology privileges up to a semester
Examples of Unacceptable Use
- Inappropriate communication to the faculty or staff
- Threats and/or cyber bullying of any kind
- Using a computer device to plan a fight, cause harm, or commit a crime
- Possession of inappropriate files
- Pornography can be a felony offense and if so will be turned over to authorities
- Manufacturing – using a camera to create inappropriate pictures/movies
- Distributing – sending/sharing inappropriate files with other individuals
- Bootleg movies or music
- Intentional actions which are harmful or potentially harmful to the iPad, charger, and/or iPad case
- Habitual and intentional disregard for the iPad
Consequences include but are not limited to: after school detention, school suspension, disciplinary probation, dismissal, and being reported to the authorities.
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, or slates.
All phones, tablets, and computers with 3G or 4G cellular connectivity are prohibited.
Recommended Devices for BYOD in order of strength of recommendation:
- iPad Mini
- Latest mainline Android devices (Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface, Asus Transformer Pad)
- Google Chromebooks*
- Kindle (any type)
- Non-mainline devices
Recommended Apps for BYOD (Click on the app to download.):
Network Security & Readiness
The implementation of BYOD requires a secure environment for the students. KHCS has in place the security protocols necessary to provide a safe environment. The implementation of BYOD requires the support of a robust wireless infrastructure. During the summer of 2012, KHCS improved their infrastructure to adequately manage the wireless demands of a BYOD initiative.
KHCS BYOD FAQs – Parents
Q: What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged? What recourse can I take?
A: Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. KHCS will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen, or misplaced. Some devices have a device locator; it is recommended that you enable this feature if possible.
Q: Is it required that my child use the school’s wireless? Can they use their own 3G or 4G service?
A: Students with a personally owned device need to use the “student” wireless network.
Q: My child is bringing a device to school for instructional purposes. Will they have access to things they normally do with KHCS equipment?
A: Your child will have access to any of the web-based software KHCS currently uses (databases, library search tools, etc.) Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons.
Q: As a parent am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s device?
A: Virus protection for PC’s is required. Device location software is not required but is always a good idea.
Q: How will my son’s/daughter’s device be used in the classroom?
A: Schools must challenge students with rigorous, personalized academic learning experiences that foster discovery, investigation, and collaboration. Students will engage in a cohesively integrated curriculum, access information, and apply it to solve authentic problems in a collaborative manner.
KHCS BYOD FAQs –Students
Q: I don’t have my own electronic communication device to bring to school. Will I be penalized or miss out on instruction?
A: Yes, it is expected that students will bring a device. When electronic devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, students without a personal device may miss out on learning opportunities. Keep in mind that learning cannot be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device!
Q: I have my device with me in class. How do I get on the Internet now?
A: Most devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time, devices will ask you if you would like to join the network; when prompted, choose “student” from the list.
Q: I can’t get my device to connect to the network. Can I get some help from someone?
A: Resources may be available to help you connect to the “student” network; however, you will need to consult with a network administrator for these resources. It is not the responsibility of your teacher or other staff to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day.
Q: I need to save my work in my network folder. Why can’t I access this resource?
A: You are on the “student” network. You will need to save your work to some options including a flash drive, your own hard drive, or a course management system.
Q: I need to print the assignment I just completed; why is there no printer when I try this?
A: Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom or other learning spaces is at the discretion of the teacher or other school administrator. Some solutions include saving it to a flash drive or printing it from home or another school computer.
Q: My device was stolen when I brought it to school. Who should I contact about this?
A: Bringing your own devices to school can be useful; however some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft. KHCS is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him or her aware of the offense.
Q: Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?
A: Internet filtering is a requirement of all schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device you use to access it while in school. You own your device, but the network you’re using belongs to the school and Internet access will be filtered.
Q: Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my personal device?
A: Yes, students using a personally owned device must have both an Acceptable Use Policy and Device User Agreement signed.