Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)​ 2017-18 School Year

There is a BYOD Informational Meeting August 31st at 6pm

BYOD is a means to provide personalized learning.  It involves students (3rd -5th only)  bringing their own approved electronic devices from home or renting one from the school.  

Why Do It?

-Engage learners in implementing technology to enhance their learning

-Teaches responsibility for their devices and creatively accomplishing all learning goals. 

-Provide learners the opportunity to engage in personalized digital learning while appropriately adapting to the technological, social, and academic environments they encounter.​ ​

-Develop student ownership of their learning at any time and in ​any place, with changing levels of challenge as they engage in research and global collaboration.​

What it will look like at TdVA

BYOD is available for students in grades 3-5 only.  For the 2017-18 school year, we are continuing to implement and expanding the program.  All 4th and 5th grade students will be required to participate and we will be piloting the program this year with Ms. Nolan's third grade class, who will start in October.  If your student is not in a participating classroom, your student may still bring in their eligible device to use at school with the proper form; your student will not, however, be able to rent one from the school at this time.  Our feeder schools are also currently implementing BYOD, so your student should be able to use the device in middle school. 

Students will take place in Digital Citizenship throughout the year to ensure proper use of the device.  Common Sense Media is an excellent resource and one that we will use through the year.  Students and parents will sign a user agreement prior to BYOD registration and students will be held to a high standard of appropriate use.


Summer 2017- Please consider looking to purchase a device over the summer.  Please see the recommendations and minimum requirements below below.

Week of Sept. 4th 2017- All 5th grade students must bring in their own devices that meet the minimum requirements below and sign the permission slip.  (Permission slip will be sent home in August).  If necessary, students may rent one from school- see info below.   

5th grade link to rent or bring a device 5th grade BYOD form.pdf

Week of Sept. 11th 2017All 4th grade students must bring in their own devices that meet the minimum requirements below and sign the permission slip.  (Permission slip will be sent home in August).  If necessary, students may rent one from school- see info in notes section below.

4th grade link to rent or bring a device 4th grade BYOD form.pdf

October 2017- Students in Ms. Nolan's 3rd grade class will be required to Bring a Device from home or rent one from the school for the remainder of the school year.  Students will also be required to bring back the permission slip.  The cost for 3rd graders to rent will be $25.  Third graders will not be able to bring in their own devices until October.     

Ms. Nolans Class Registration Info:

Rent from School

Bring Own Device from Home



-If a student chooses to rent an ipad the cost will be $25 for a semester ($50 for the year).  This ipad must be kept at school and needed apps will be added by the school at no expense to you.  Please pay for the whole year at once if possible and if you plan on renting for the entire year.  

-If a student chooses to bring their own device that meets the requirements, the school will not manage it and the student will be responsible for putting needed apps on.  The school will however do the best they can to get the device up and running.   


Device Recommendations:

- Recommendations for electronic device Device Minimum Recommendations 2017 .pdf (these will ensure we can get your device to work at school) 

-Please remember that phones, ipods, Nooks, and Kindles do not meet district requirements.

Recommended devices include, but are not limited to: ipad, ipad mini, Chromebooks, most Samsung Galaxy tablets, Microsoft Surface tablets, and most laptops (not Asus).  Although some ipods and phones meet some requirements, they do not meet the screen size requirement, so please don't bring those.   Please ask if you have a question.


Anti-Theft Applications

 Please see link below for some options to anti-theft applications and reviews.

 ASD20 and TdVA are not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to devices brought to school.

Device Anti-theft.pdf


Please remember that a good case is highly recommended.


District 20 site with additional BYOD info    BYOD Home

?Questions about BYOD at TdVA- Please contact Ian Schimmel at