Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
All U of D Jesuit high school students are required to bring a device to school that meets a minimum set of requirements. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held to this year's requirements; sophomores, juniors, and seniors may continue using devices that meet the requirements of their first year in the program, but if purchasing a new device are asked to follow the most up-to-date requirements. These requirements represent a minimum standard - most laptops and tablets sold today meet these requirements, with a few exceptions. Acceptable devices include Android tablets, Macbooks, Linux laptops and tablets, and Windows laptops and tablets.
Each student must bring a device that:
- Has a minimum screen size of 7". However, an 8.9" screen or larger is recommended.
- Can run Google Drive and Google Docs, either in the web browser or as an app.
- Can connect to a wireless network (WiFi). Verify with a salesperson that the device supports 802.11AC or 802.11N networks.
- Allow use of a microphone and a headphone jack, either through separate jacks for the microphone and headphone, a combined microphone/headphone jack, or a USB port. Devices with built-in microphones only require a headphone jack.
- Have a minimum battery life of five to six hours. If the device allows batteries to be swapped and the student can bring multiple charged batteries to school, that is acceptable.
In addition, every student must bring with his device:
- A physical keyboard, either built into the device or as a separate Bluetooth keyboard.
- A headset or earbuds. If the device doesn't include a microphone, the student must bring a microphone as well. A microphone built into the headset is a good idea.
- A protective case or padded bag for their device. Take time to pick a good case - corner protection is important for tablets.
Every student must have broadband Internet access outside of school, either through WiFi or a physical connection, to complete homework assignments. This can be at home, in a relative's home, or in a public place such as a library or coffee shop. Families with financial difficulties should investigate if they're eligible for the Internet Essentials program ($10/month Internet: http://www.internetessentials.com). When purchasing a new device for use in school, families are strongly encouraged to invest in an extended warranty and a breakage warranty.
Which Device Should I Buy?
If there were one specific best device for every student, we would require it instead of having a BYOD. Families should decide what device is best for their U of D Jesuit student based on a few questions:
- With which operating system is the student experienced?
- With which operating system are other family members most comfortable, in case questions arise?
- If a purchase is required, what device best fits in the family budget?
- What device is a good size and weight for the student? Some students are comfortable with smaller keyboards while others need larger ones; some students prefer a larger screen while other students prefer a lighter device.
- Will a given device be sturdy enough for use in the classroom for several years? Is it sturdy enough for the student to take care of it?
- Does the family already own a device which meets the requirements and which the student can bring to school every day?
The U of D Jesuit Technology department has put together a matrix of eligible devices, what each device would be required to have to work within the school's device requirements, and pros and cons of each device.
Student Loaner Device Program
Loaning Guidelines: This authorization allows a student in grades 9-12 to check out a Student Loaner Device from the Library as a temporary replacement while their personal device is being repaired. Print and fill out the form below and return to the Student Affairs Office.
- What does BYOD mean?
- What does One-to-One mean?
- No seriously, which device works best for BYOD?
- Will the school have WiFi available?
- Is web access restricted on the school's WiFi network?
- My cell phone won't work in the Commons area. Will the WiFi work where it is required?
- Tell me about E-books. Will students have the option to download textbooks/E-books instead of purchasing hard cover books?
- Don’t students just get distracted by these devices?
- What applications will be required?
- Will there be someone available at all times to assist with technical issues?
- What types of support may my son count on for his device?
- Why is the school using Google Apps for Education and not another program, such as Office365?
- What do I need to connect my device to one of the school’s classroom projectors?
- What if my device breaks? What if I forget it?
- Is there help available for families with financial need?
- How will students be prepared to use devices at school?
- Will pencil and paper be abandoned as a result of the One-to-One program?
John Hansknecht '78
Director of Technology
Gwendolyn D. Bush-Farrell
Dean of Instructional Technology