BYOD Info: Parents

Letter to Parents/guardians

Hunterdon Central played a pivotal role in the NJ Department of Education’s “High School Redesign Initiative.”   As part of that initiative, our focus was to create and implement a pilot program for Student 1:1 Computing, redesign our curriculum to reflect a more student-centered approach and complement this with increased technology access for all students.  The result was an increased use of progressive instructional methods, which have garnered overwhelmingly positive evaluations from our teachers, students and parents/guardians.

During the initial stages of this program, District-provided netbooks, classroom desktop computers and students’ personally-owned devices were all utilized to enhance our students’ learning.  As the pilot program progressed, it quickly became evident that students greatly benefited by having access to a personal learning device during their learning day.  

Because of this benefit, and after careful consideration of the rapidly changing availability of personally-owned devices, the District made the decision to offer all students the optionof using personally-owned devices within our learning environment.  We called this program "BYOD" - Bring Your Own Device.

If your child has a mobile device, (netbooks, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, etc.), this device can be connected to the District wireless network.  Detailed information on how this can be accomplished has been posted to the BYOD: Students Webpage.

On this webpage, you will find specific details on the use of personally-owned devices, information regarding computer purchase options, if you would like to pursue this possibility, and planned provisions for students who can not afford personally-owned devices.  Hunterdon Central will continue to make classroom computer devices available.

Our objective with this initiative is to promote greater independence, increased academic engagement and a higher level of skill development for all students.  Our goal is to prepare your child to compete, connect and collaborate as an ethical citizen in a global society.

If you have any questions about the program and/or use of student-owned devices, please feel free to contact me or our Manager of Information Systems, Michael Marron, at 284-7137..   

Christina Steffner,
Superintendent

Resources

Student Needs Assessment

Hunterdon Central is committed to providing a consistently excellent educational experience for all of our students. 
 
We realize that, in these difficult economic times, it may not be possible for every student to purchase a personally-owned device for use in our classrooms. 
 
Hunterdon Central currently has a process in place to address these issues.  Students who cannot afford a personally-owned device may speak to their teachers or their counselors.  Once the need is identified, it will be communicated to the Information Systems Department.  A technology representative will speak to the student to clarify and obtain details on the specific need, and then make an assessment as to what type of assistance can be offered by the District.