Letter to Parents/guardians
During the past three years, Hunterdon Central has played a pivotal role in the NJ Department of Education’s “High School Redesign 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 has made the decision to offer all students the option
of using personally-owned devices within our learning environment. We are calling this new program "BYOD" - Bring Your Own Device.
Beginning on March 1, 2012, if your child has a mobile device, (netbooks, laptops, iPads, etc.), this device can be set-up by technicians in our Central Hub for use in our classrooms. Detailed information on how this can be accomplished has been posted to this 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 computers, netbooks, and laptop carts available.
Our objective in making this decision 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 Instructional Technology, Don Ginty.