The Harrison Central School District initiated a BYOD program as a pilot for select teachers in late Spring, 2015. In the nine months since, the district has implemented a full BYOD program for students in grades 6 through 9 at LMK and HHS. As the program has evolved over these nine months, the district has made program adjustments and security enhancements. Listed below are the BYOD updates and the Security Enhancements:
1. All students in grades 3 through 12 have been given Google Apps for Education accounts. Students have also received training on how to access and use the various apps necessary for their schoolwork.
2. All classroom teachers have been given Google Apps for Education accounts. The district has provided professional development around the use of Google Apps for Education through Faculty meetings, department meetings, and through in-service course offerings.
3. Infrastructure update:
Access Points are akin to a wireless router in your home. When you need to access WiFi in our district, you need to connect to an access point. Wireless coverage is much like cell phone coverage. Some places have better coverage than others. In our schools, we have been adding access points throughout LMK and HHS to produce better WiFi coverage. In the past 12 months, we have added 15 additional access points, and replaced 40 outdated access points with new, state of the art devices.
4. Classroom/Library Chromebook borrowing: Classrooms in both LMK and HHS have Chromebooks available for students to borrow for a variety of reasons. Students may borrow a classroom chromebook to use for a class period, or they may borrow a library chromebook for a full day, or a few weeks, depending on their circumstances. Students who borrow a Chromebook from the library would "check it out" just like they would "check out" a book.
5. The Harrison Central School District internet filter is state of the art. It continues to receive weekly, and sometimes daily updates through its parent company (LightSpeed) to best filter and block inappropriate websites. As new websites are created every minute, the filter needs to be updated as often as possible to continue to protect our students. Here is a link for information on our internet filter.
6. Youtube is a wonderful resource for teachers. However, Youtube has over 100 million videos and continues to grow with over 300 hours of new videos being uploaded every minute. Since we want to provide teachers with this wealth of educational videos on Youtube, we have enhanced our Youtube settings. While using the district WiFi, students will only be able to see videos that teachers have "allowed" or videos that are age appropriate. Youtube uses various mechanisms to determine which videos are age appropriate. To see their policies on determining which videos are restricted, click here and here.
7. Beginning on February 1, 2016, students will be required to connect to the district WiFi using their Google credentials to further enhance our ability to monitor student activity.
8. Links to Free Parental Monitoring Software for all devices can be found on our Technology Resources Page.