• BYOD  - Bring Your Own Device


    The School at St. George Place is committed to prepare all students and teachers to maximize learning by fully integrating relevant technology into academic content to acquire, share and evaluate information, achieve media and technology literacy, and maintain a safe and ethical environment.



    The School at St. George Place is committed to prepare all students and teachers to maximize learning by fully integrating relevant technology into academic content to acquire, share and evaluate information, achieve media and technology literacy, and maintain a safe and ethical environment. A first step is to develop and implement a plan allowing students to bring their own digital devices to school.  As part of this plan, The School at St. George Place will allow students, on designated days, to access our HISD–Guest wireless network using their own technology tools during the learning day. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices in the classroom to access and save information from the internet, communicate with other learners and use productivity tools provided by the School at St. George Place.





    Beginning on November 26th, and then only on designated days assigned by the school or classroom teacher,  students may begin bringing their own technology tools to their designated classes. Users will be prompted to accept the following terms of use prior to each attempt at connecting to the HISD Guest network:

    S@SGP is providing wireless connectivity as a student service and offers no guarantees that any use of the wireless connection is in any way secure, or that any privacy can be protected when using this wireless connection. Use of the HISD-Guest wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user, and SMCS is not responsible for any loss of any information that may arise from the use of the wireless connection, or for any loss, injury or damages resulting from the use of the wireless connection. Once on the WiFi network, all users will have filtered internet access just as they would on a district owned device. All teacher users will be filtered at the student level when using personal technology devices.




    I have turned in my signed copy the HISD Acceptable Use, Media Release and Internet Safety Procedures. Can I start bringing my device to school?

    Answer: Beginning November 26, 2013, students can bring personal devices approved for use to school after submitting both acceptable use documents.   Devices are only permitted on days either the school or classroom teacher has designated.


    I have my laptop with me in class. How do I get on the internet now?

    Answer: Most laptops or other personal devices, will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time your technology device will ask you if you would like to join the HISD Gues WiFi network. When prompted, choose HISD Guest network from the list.


    My laptop is not prompting me to choose a wireless network. Is there another way to connect?


    Answer: In the settings menu of your device, there is usually an icon for a network, go to this icon and choose HISD Guest Network from the list or prompt your computer to look for wireless networks in range. Always consult your tool’s owner’s manual for exact directions for accessing a wireless network.


    I brought my iPad to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it in his/her classroom. Can I still use it?

    Answer: The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he or she asks you not to use your technology tool, then you shall follow those directions.


    I just can’t get my laptop to connect to the network. Can I get some help from someone?

    Answer: It is not the responsibility of your teachers or other  HISD staff to troubleshoot individual devices. Check your owner’s manual for issues concerning connectivity.

    If my device won’t work, will someone from the school district fix the device?

    Answer: It is not the responsibility of the HISD or S@SGP staff to fix/repair/troubleshoot individual devices. Check the owner’s manual for issues that could arise or take the device to a computer repair shop.



    I need to print the spreadsheet I just created how do I print?


    Answer:  Networked printing is not available on the HISD Guest Network.



    My laptop was stolen when I brought it to school. Who should I contact about this?

    Answer: Bringing your own technology tools to school can be useful, however some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number in case of theft.  The School at St. George Place, nor HISD, is not responsible for the theft of a device nor are we responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense.



    Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?

    Answer: Student filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. The network you are using while at school belongs to HISD and will be filtered. 


    I have a data plan from a provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon etc.) on my digital device that allows internet access without using the HSD Guest network. Is this allowable?

    Answer: Students are expected to follow the submitted acceptable use procedures when accessing the internet through any device. All students are expected to use the HISD Guest network to access the internet. Students should not access the internet through any cellular data provider while on campus.


    Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?

    Answer: Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy for SMCS remains in effect even when you are using your own laptop, smartphone, iPad, etc. Violating the terms of the AUP would be a student code of conduct violation and would be dealt with in the building with a building administrator.



    My son/daughter is bringing his iPad to school for instructional purposes. Will he/she have access things he/she normally does with district equipment?

    Answer: Your son/daughter will have access to any of the web based software schools currently use (databases, library search tools, Google apps suite of tools etc.). Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. You should consult your owner’s manual for software limitations. (Ex. iPads cannot run software requiring Flash Player)

    As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device etc.) to my child’s technology tool?

    Answer: No. Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required to participate in the pilot. While on the  student network, students will be monitored through the district’s filter, so there is no need for additional filtering software. 

    If my son/ daughter’s laptop is stolen or damaged, what recourse can I take?

    Answer: The district is not responsible for any damage or theft of student owned equipment.  Keeping track of the device’s serial number, model and type at home is suggested. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to the principal, so he/shecan take the appropriate steps.


    What are the campus/classroom rules for using student owned devices including phones?

    Answer: Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom; student owned equipment would be no different. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Contact your child’s teachers or building administration for his/her expectations.


    Where can I see the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology?

    Answer: /cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/30442/AcceptableUsePolicy_TIS.pdf