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BYOT: Quakertown’s Journey. Tom Murray Director of Technology and Cyber Education [email protected] ; @ thomascmurray Rebecca Kelly Senior High Librarian [email protected] ; @ bekcikelly Joe Kuzo Supervisor of Technology [email protected] ; @ KuzoJoe. Quakertown Community School District.

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byot quakertown s journey

BYOT: Quakertown’s Journey

Tom MurrayDirector of Technology and Cyber [email protected]; @thomascmurray

Rebecca KellySenior High [email protected] ; @bekcikelly

Joe KuzoSupervisor of [email protected] ; @KuzoJoe

Quakertown Community School District

student preparation
Student Preparation
  • Parent discussion
    • Provide overview of purpose
    • Q&A
  • Student computer guidelines
    • Required specs, size restrictions, OS
  • NAC Client Installation Session
    • Install client
    • Windows Update
    • Anti virus issues
  • Development of BYOT Agreement Form
support structure
Support Structure
  • Tech Support
    • 7:30-8:15 AM in libraries
    • Afternoon hours available as needed
  • Loaner cart located in library
    • 30 netbooks for sign out in each building
  • Dealing with issues on personal computers
    • Virus/malware
    • Windows updates
    • Hardware
  • Student printing
    • Library printing stations
some byot related facts
Some BYOT Related Facts
  • Nationwide, 55% of middle and high school students, as well as 25% of elementary students, own a mobile device.
  • The average minor sends 50-100 text messages per day.
  • 58% of students in schools where cell phones are banned send text messages anyway.
  • Teens in the lowest income category are most likely to use their phones, instead of computers to go online.
  • 67% of parents are willing to buy their children a mobile device for educational purposes.
  • 83% of adults have mobile phones.


mobile technologies and social media
Mobile Technologies and Social Media

“The growing popularity of “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) programs is fueled, in part, by the idea that allowing student-owned devices to supplement school-purchased technology can help cut costs in these financially tight times and, in part, by the realization that learning can benefit from technology when students are mentored in appropriate applications. By taking advantage of student interest in technology, schools stand to benefit from more teachable moments in and out the classroom and to support and create personalized learning that is guided by teachers and peers.”

Source:Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Report on Rethinking State and School Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media -

a three legged approach
A Three Legged Approach
  • A Student-Centered Vision: The Why of BYOT!
  • Clear Expectations: Policies, Procedures, Communication, etc.
  • Technology and Staff Readiness: Network Configuration, PD, etc.


Clear Expectations for All

Technology and Staff Readiness

A Student-Centered Vision

Concept Adapted from

qcsd vision moving forward
QCSD Vision Moving Forward

“To facilitate 21st Century teaching and learning in QCSD, all students are expected to carry a device for learning of their choice. The world outside of school is full of choices. People choose which phone to text on, what type of computer to use, and what technology to buy. Students will be offered options at the start of the school year. Students can bring in any device, attach it to the school network, and access a variety of tools to meet their diverse needs. QCSD will not lock our students into a single operating system, a single type model of device, or only one way to solve problems, but encourage students to identify the tools that best fit their learning and educational needs. Student choice and decision making will be promoted, and students will be accountable and responsible for the choices that they make.”

To institute something like this…

district considerations
District Considerations

How will you handle…

  • Which School District policies need to change? Do they need school board approval? (AUP, etc.)
  • Which building policies and procedure need to be updated?
  • How would your BYOT plan supplement a 1:1 initiative?
  • How will you handle grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12?
  • How will expectations be made clear to students and parents?
  • How will you handle 3G and 4G service?
  • How will you handle BYOT for staff?
  • What if you have a non-student-centered IT department?

Step 1: Define the Goals

Step 2: Prepare the Infrastructure

Step 3: Be Policy Savvy

Step 4: Communicate – A Lot

Step 5: Don’t Forget About Staff Development

Step 6: Address Equity

Tech Directors: Get out of their way and let students and staff run! It’s not about control; it’s about student learning.

Source: 6 Steps for Increasing Student Access with BYODby Michael Walker; Available at:

Tom MurrayDirector of Technology and Cyber [email protected] ; @thomascmurray

Rebecca KellySenior High [email protected] ; @bekcikelly

Joe KuzoSupervisor of [email protected] ; @KuzoJoe