Bring your own device (BYOD)/1:1

We are pleased to see that more students in Grades 7 - 12 are using their own technology throughout the school day to work on assignments. The school-owned laptops and Chromebooks are currently in high demand and the demand is expected to increase as more teachers implement project-based learning and leverage online resources for researching, curating content, collaboration, and production. We highly encourage students in Grades 7 through 12 to bring a laptop or tablet to school daily in order to have consistent access to technology as needed. Devices can be used in class with teacher permission.

Students in Grades 4-6 are now fully 1:1, so BYOD in those grade is no longer allowed. If a lesson requires access to technology, students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to use their own laptop or tablet or they can borrow one from the office at Gates  to use for the day, or the HS classroom set of 6 to use during that period. Smartphones are great for lots of things but they are not considered an efficient tool for completing assignments; a laptop or tablet is preferred. Students who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and do not have access to a laptop or tablet should contact the building principal to learn about Scituate Public Schools device loaner program. Loaner assignments that are not part of 1:1 are only available to students on free or reduced lunch.

A Chromebook is a great cost-effective option if you're looking to purchase a device. Some of the key benefits of a Chromebook include:

  • the cost of an 11" Chromebook is less than half the cost of a PC laptop and about 1/4 the cost of a base model MacBook.
  • A 14" model is also available for a nominal upcharge.
  • ChromeOS includes built-in security against viruses, malware and other cyber-infections, with updates that occur automatically as required.
  • The HP Chromebooks provide impressive performance in a compact design and are fully compatible with SPS curriculum.

A few limitations to consider:

  • Chromebooks have full functionality with Internet connection and limited offline functionality
  • local disk space is minimal and most file storage is cloud-based, but note that all accounts include unlimited storage in Google Drive
  • only "apps' from the Chrome Web Store can be installed

If interested in obtaining a Chromebook for home use or if you're considering Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)1 for your student, SPS has collaborated with Unified Networking Solutions to offer Scituate families an 11" or 14" Chromebook at a discounted price. These are the same Chromebooks that are used throughout the district and they make an ideal choice since much of our curriculum integrates online resources and Google/G-Suite. If you would like a quote or more info from Unified please email Unified Sales. Note the HP smart store set up for us by Unified is currently unavailable, due to the current supply chain instability. 

1BYOD: Students in Grades 7-12 are encouraged to bring in a device to access educational content. A tablet or laptop with a keyboard and Wi-Fi capability is recommended. Please refer to the Student Handbook for specific guidelines and student responsibilities. SPS has also started a 1:1 program and has issued 1:1 devices to grade 6. In elementary grades, we have increased devices in classrooms. While no devices are assigned to specific students in elementary grades, there are enough devices to match current enrollment, so we are effectively at 1:1 in these grades. We will continue to issue devices to future 6th grade students with the goal of full 1:1 inclusion in  grades 6-12.

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