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BYOD Program

BYOD Program

Kingsport City Schools reminds parents and students that the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative is fully implemented. All KCS schools have full wireless networks and students are invited to connect their wireless device to the KCS wireless network.

All students will be able to bring their own technology to school if they choose to do so.

If you are considering purchasing a device for your child(ren), the main items to consider are:

  • WiFi - Make sure whatever device you buy is WiFi ready. It does not have to have 3G/4G. The KCS wireless network will allow students to connect to the internet without 3G/4G data plans.
  • If you are purchasing a phone, consider a smartphone, as it has many capabilities a conventional cell phone lacks.  A full size device is recommended for optimal capabilities.
  • If you are purchasing a laptop consider these minimum specifications: 2 gigabytes of memory, 250 gigabyte hard drive, i3 processor, 6 to 8 hour battery life, 13 inch screen.
  • Durability - Think about how your child(ren) will treat the device and buy a device that is durable. Also, consider insurance on the device. A sturdy, rubberized case might be a good idea as well. Griffin and OtterBox make such cases.
  • Price - Always consider the price of the device. Phones and 3G/4G enabled devices could have data and texting plans attached to the monthly fees.
  • Longevity - Will the device manufacturer be around in a year? Stick with name brands.
  • Apps - Does the device come with a large number of applications (apps) for free or for pay?
  • Comfort Level - If you already have a Mac computer, then an iPad might be your best choice. If you use Google products, then an Android device might be the best fit for you.

Internet Access Resource
Centurylink offers Internet access at reduced prices for those who qualify for:
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Income below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch's Free Lunch Program
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Visit http://www.centurylink.com/Pages/Support/LifeLine/ to apply

Everyoneon.org - Offers computers and Internet services at reduced rates for those who qualify.  Visit http://everyoneon.org/​ to sign up for services.
 

Polls*:
The term "Polls" is short for Polleverywhere.
This is a free app where teachers can create questions that students answer with their devices. It provides instant feedback and the teacher can monitor progress.
The student's device is turned into a "clicker".
 
Kingsport City Schools will not be held responsible or assume any liability for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, lost or stolen property or be responsible for the maintenance or upkeep; including any such device and/or device accessories brought on school grounds, Kingsport City School premises, transportation services or during school-sponsored activities.