Bring Your Own Device
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.
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).