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, 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 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

Purchasing Info

Making a well-informed purchase decision for a personally-owned device is both exciting and challenging.

If you are considering this option, we have provided both minimum and recommended technical specifications for your consideration. We've also consolidated resources that can assist you in researching the wide variety of devices available, including an online store via CDW-G.

If you are considering insurance for a device, we've also provided information that will allow you to research various options.

Specs

If you are planning to purchase a device, please use these specifications as guidelines for your purchase.

Type
Spec
Processor 2 GHz. We recommend an Intel Core i3 or better
RAM 2 - 4+ GB
Hard Drive 300+ GB
Video Card DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Resources

Purchasing Sites

Reviews

Insurance

 
Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy before purchasing an external insurance policy. Many companies cover laptops and other electronics, but consult your representative for the details. If you are looking for an external company, here are some that Hunterdon Central families use:

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.