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Office of Digital Learning

Bring Your Own Device and One to One

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Planning and Implementation Considerations for BYOD and 1:1 Technology Models
Given the potential of technology to enhance learning and teaching, many districts in Massachusetts are working towards ensuring that every student has access to a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or netbook. Districts generally have two options: (1) a one to one model (1:1), in which school-owed devices are loaned to all students, which may or may not be allowed home; or (2) a “bring your own device” model (BYOD), in which students are encouraged to bring a personal device to and from school, while providing a school-owned device to students who choose not to bring a personal device. This guidance provides information to help educators plan for learning environments that feature these approaches. Legal FAQs are also provided.

Acceptable Use Policies

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Rethinking Acceptable Use Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A Guide for School Districts
Published by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) to help schools rethink today's digital media landscape, the updated resource tackles key questions and offers effective solutions to help districts update their AUPs.

Federal Laws and Regulations

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Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Federal regulations concerning children's online privacy.

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Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
To be eligible for participation in the E-rate program, school and library authorities must certify that they are enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to block or filter Internet access for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.



Last Updated: November 14, 2016
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