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Kingsport City Schools will be closed Thursday, February 16, 2017 and Friday, February 17, 2017 due to student and staff health concerns and to provide for additional cleaning of school facilities.

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), please consult the device information chart listed below for guidance. 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.
  • 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.
Parent Resources
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.
 
  Device Categories: Cell Phones  
 
Device Type
Uses
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Cell Phone
Useful at grades
 3-12
-Calls
-Texting
-Simple Google searches
 -Polls*
-Camera
-Low price
-Simple to use
-Requires a texting plan to be useful in the classroom
-Limited graphics
-Limited features
Smartphone
iPhone or Android
Useful at grades
 3-12
-Web browsing
-Texting
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-Powerful
-Feature rich
-Web enabled
-Easy to use
-Graphical interface
-Numerous apps
-WiFi or 3G/4G
-Higher price
-Requires a data plan
-Requires a texting plan
Device Categories: Tablets
Tablet Reviews - http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/
iOS (Apple)
iPad Mini
Small size ideal for grades K-2; also useful at grades 3-12
 
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-WiFi
-Over 250,000 educational apps
-Runs sames apps as an iPad
-8 hour battery
-Ease of use
-3G/4G data plans cost extra
-Device cost
iPad 2/iPad 3/iPad 4
Ideal for grades3-12
 
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-WiFi
-Over 250,000 educational apps
-Runs sames apps as an iPad
-8 hour battery
-Ease of use
-Best tablet experience
-3G/4G data plans cost extra
-Device cost
Andriod (Numerous device types)
Kindle Fire HD
Grades 3-12
 
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-Great e-reader
-Sharp screen
-Faster performance
-WiFi or 4G
-Limited apps
-Buttons hard to use
-Mainly for media consumption
 
Google Nexus 7
Grades 3-12
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-Sharp screen
-Low starting price
-WiFi
-Limited Apps
-Slow processor speed
Google Nexus 10 Grades 3-12
 
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-Best processor in its class
-Sharp screen
-WiFi
-Charger is slow
-Smaller app store than Apple
Laptops
Useful to students at all grade levels
-Web browsing
-Google searches
-Polls*
-Camera
-Apps
-WiFi
-Can run full software applications
-Ease of printing
 
 
-Battery life
-Size
-Weight
-Price
-Slow start up

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.