In an effort to provide students and staff with a 21st century learning environment, Swanson Middle School students are now able to access the APS wireless network at Swanson with their privately owned devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, etc…). The expectation is that these devices may be used for activities related to instructional assignments such as word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc. during the school day. With teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with students and staff within the classroom. By allowing students to use their own devices at Swanson, we are hoping to increase the access all students have to technology for instructional use.
In order for students to be able to use their own digital devices in class, their teachers must first invite them to do so. The next step is that students and their parents or guardians review Swanson’s Bring Your Own Device policy statement, posted on Swanson’s website under the “Technology” tab and provided to each student in hard copy form, and sign the policy statement indicating that they agree to abide by the expectations listed in the document. Following these steps, students will be permitted to use their own devices as part of the instructional experience.
Privately owned or personal devices will connect to the APS.Guest Network. The APS.Guest Network is not the same as the network students normally access from a school computer. Network folders and printers will not be available through the APS.Guest Network, so students will need to save their work to a flash drive, to their Blackboard drive, their Google Drive, or another means.
Please note that the responsibility to keep privately owned devices secure rests with the individual owner. Arlington Public Schools (APS) is not liable for any device stolen or damaged at Swanson Middle School. We recommend that owners record their device serial numbers in case of theft. We also highly recommend parents and/or students enable a device tracking feature. Protective cases, decals and other custom touches used to physically identify student’s devices from others are also encouraged.