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Personal Mobile Computing

Providing tools for learning

Lexington County School District One began its Personal Mobile Computing initiative during the 2010–2011 school year.

In 2011–2012, the district expanded that program to all high schools, and, in 2012–2013, the district expanded the program to middle school students. Beginning in 2014, the initiative expanded to include two Elementary schools.

The district feels strongly that its Personal Mobile Computing initiative is not about the tool used. It is not about an iPad or a tablet. It is about what Personal Mobile Computing devices enable our students to do.

The devices give students access to the most current information available through the internet and to the district’s Learning Management System 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Students electronically complete and turn in assignments, homework, projects, or research, while interactive applications help them improve their reading fluency, build mathematics skills, or create their own study cards.

We have not eliminated textbooks as not all textbook publishers provide electronic copies of all textbooks, and that is not our primary objective. Teachers are able to supplement material found in textbooks, however, with information they create using various multimedia or with information already available online.

With these devices, students acquire the digital competence they need for our increasingly electronic and technology driven world. They learn the essential skills they will need as consumers, citizens, and workers.

We believe in providing students with the 21st century tools they need to support their learning and to prepare them for higher education opportunities and careers.

App usage on personal mobile computing devices

We expect our students to comply with the district’s Acceptable Use Policy, Policy IJNDB Use of Technology Resources in Instruction, when using technology.

The rules regarding appropriate use include the unauthorized use of the Internet or computer games, downloading inappropriate applications or apps, removing district-loaded applications or downloading apps that access personal information.

When students receive personal mobile computing devices, the district provides certain instructional apps and district setup apps that help the district provide students with a safe working environment and smooth experience. Students must leave these district-provided apps on the device unless otherwise instructed by the district.

In addition, the district allows only high school students to download other apps and personalize their devices with a few exceptions. For instance, the district does not allow any application that uses messaging or is categorized as social networking on these devices. 

“HIDElisted” and required Apps

Through our Mobile Device Management System (MDM), the district is able to either “hidelist” or require specific apps on our student devices. 

If a student downloads a “hidelisted” app, an automatic warning is issued to the device via Push Notification and email. The “hidelisted” app will be automatically hidden on the device and rendered unusable.

If a student removes a required app from his/her device, there is a notification and a grace period before the device’s functionality is restricted.

Age restrictions for apps

Apps have ratings just as movies have ratings.

The district does not allow any 17+ apps on any student devices without exception. Apps at the middle school may not be rated any higher than 9+.

Apps at the high school may not be rated any higher than 12+.