Bring Your Own Device Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who needs a device?
A. All students at Algonquin Regional High School will need their own device, starting November 5, 2018. There is no need to purchase a new device if a student already has access to a device that meets the minimum requirements of our BYOD program.
Q: What are the minimum requirements of BYOD devices?
A. A student device must be able to wirelessly access the internet, integrate with Google Drive and other G Suite for Education Apps, and allow for text entry through a full-sized keyboard.
Q: What device should my student bring?
A. We recommend a Chromebook, based on its cost, capabilities, and battery life. A laptop computer is also acceptable. A tablet, such as an iPad, may also work, but would require the use of an external keyboard to comply with the minimum requirements of our BYOD program.
Q: Does it matter which brand of device I get?
A. No. You can purchase a device from a vendor of your choice, or you could purchase a device at a discounted price through one of our district vendors. For more details, visit the websites below.
Purchase Chromebooks at school pricing
Family-Funded Mac Program
Q: Can I use a smartphone for BYOD?
A. No. While phones may serve as a supportive tool, they have limitations that do not meet the minimum requirements of our BYOD program. Cell phones are also not permitted for use in the classroom unless specified by the educator for a particular lesson and/or need.
Q: What else do I need, other than a device?
A. Students will need to bring the charger associated with their own device. We also recommend a case for device protection and headphones for academic use when required by a teacher. Due to the variety of devices that will be coming into school, we cannot guarantee charging equipment for each student.
Q: What if I cannot provide a device for my son or daughter?
A. We strongly recommend that students bring in their own devices to promote familiarity with and responsibility for the technology. For families who may need other options, please reach out to your guidance counselor.
For more information about this program at ARHS, please see ARHS BYOD Guidelines.