Bring Your Own Device

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School is a collaborative initiative that was thoroughly investigated over a three-year period. It is the belief that BYOD promotes the leveraging of digital technologies to improve student learning experiences (collaboration, communication and critical thinking) in the classroom while facilitating safe and productive use of personal devices.

PWHS teacher leaders and administration in partnership with curriculum supervisors and the technology department will support teachers in their goals to include the use of personal devices as a supplement to existing school resources and help students understand how their personal devices can be a tool for their own learning.

"By effectively leveraging web-based tools and resources, schools not only have the opportunity to deepen student learning but can also develop digital literacy, fluency and citizenship in students that will prepare them for the high tech world in which they live, learn and work."
Alberta Education, 2012 - Bring Your Own Device: A Guide for Schools

Bring Your Own Device Implementation

At Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, students are permitted to bring their own electronic device to school. Electronic devices include but are not limited to the following: cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players/I-Pods, tablets/I-Pads and laptop computers.

Students may use these devices in the classroom AT THE DISCRETION OF THE TEACHER and/or in technology safe zones which include the hallways during transition in between classes and in the cafeterias. Students agree to use the district WiFi network and are not permitted to use 3G or personal networks during school hours. Students MAY NOT use personal devices to make phone calls at any time during the school day unless directed otherwise by the teacher, administration or designated staff member.