June 26, 2013

BYOD guide helps Peel parents partner for success

What should I think about when I choose to buy a device for my child/teen this summer? How will devices be used in different grades to support learning? How can we make sure devices are used appropriately? Those are some of the questions Peel District School Board parents have asked about the board’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative, and a new resource responds.

BYOD: How parents can partner for student success is a new guide sent home in end-of-year mailings and report cards to all Peel board parents. The brochure provides an overview of the $7 million initiative, and the information parents have said they need.

“Despite the name, BYOD is not about the investment in technology—it is about how we will use technology to ‘power up’ student success, and we want parents to be part of that process,” says Tony Pontes, Director of Education. “We have heard the excitement of parents about the potential for technology to encourage creative and innovative learning, but they want to know more. The guide and our new online resources answer those questions and enhances our partnership with parents.”

In addition to the brochure, a new BYOD parent page has been created at www.peelschools.org/byod.  Details on the BYOD initiative, parent resources and the brochure in English and 10 of the board’s top languages are available on the site, and new content will be added regularly. 

The guide was produced in partnership with the Peel board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages and enhances meaningful parent involvement within schools and across the district to support student success. To find out more about PIC, visit the “Parents - Get involved” section of www.peelschools.org.

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Reference: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications & Community Relations, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812, [email protected]

Note to media: Contact us for a spokesperson/expert on how parents can partner for BYOD success. Our expert can also provide tips for parents when buying a device.

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