BYOD

Bring Your Own Device

Minimum Specifications

Minimum Specified Requirement: 

  • BYODs must have a minimum screen size of 10 inches diagonally.
  • BYODs should have battery power to last an entire school day and be fully charged at the start of school. Student may not plugin their BYODs during class time.
  • BYODs must have enough storage space for the device’s operating system and a web browser. BYODs should be able to run Office 365 apps and other educational software. (128 GB of storage is a recommended minimum.)
  • BYODs must be Internet capable via WiFi connectivity. BYODs should NOT have cellular capabilities (i.e. 4G or LTE).
  • BYODs should be able to create and edit common document types (i.e. word processing, spreadsheet, and presentations) either via an application or web browser.
  • BYODs must have a suitable, durable bag / cover for protection.
  • BYODs must have physical keyboards (detachable or external Bluetooth are acceptable).

 

Strongly Recommended Features

Along with the minimum must haves, these are strongly recommended features: 

  • BYODs with digital inking capabilities are highly recommended (touchscreen with stylus).
  • Strongly consider BYODs that have SSD (solid state drives).
  • Students are encouraged to bring ear buds to utilize the sound on their BYODs.
  • Students may not use the BYODs’ speakers to listen to sounds in class.
  • Large over-the-ear headphones should not be brought to school or worn around the neck during class or passing periods.

 

Other Considerations

What other factors should be considered?

  • BYODs should be robust and durable enough to handle school life. A rubberized or sturdy screen design is important.
  • Students should buy insurance for their BYODs in case of accidents, theft, or natural disaster. One company, Worth Avenue Group, provides insurance specifically for mobile devices.
  • BYODs should have the current, updated operating system provided by the manufacturer.
  • Security software is recommended for all BYODs as it applies to their operating system.

 

Types of Devices

What are the devices to look for as a BYOD product? 

  • Windows 10 tablets / laptops / hybrid devices
  • Most Chromebooks
  • iPads with a minimum of 128 GB of storage
  • Apple MacBook laptops

Are there general examples of suggested devices? 

  • Dell Latitude 13 Education edition
  • Surface Pro, Surface Go, Surface Book, or Surface Laptop
  • Lenovo ThinkPad?
  • HP 360 ProBook
  • MacBook Air

 

What to Avoid

What to avoid if possible!

  • Low-cost PCs with traditional hard drives. SSD units are much preferred.
  • PCs laptops without touch screens. Touch screens are used in mathematics and science.
  • Gaming laptops with large 17” screens that are heavy.
  • Devices with poor battery life (less than 6 hours real battery life).

 

Evergreen Lutheran High School
7306 Waller Rd E | Tacoma, WA 98443 | ph: 253-946-4488 | fax: 253-529-9475 | email@elhs.org