VHS Begins Move to BYOD


Laptops, Chromebooks, Kindles, iPads and Tablets are the future of VHS. Classrooms are turning into the electronic aisle at Best Buy.

As the millennial generation, we are the most technologically savvy, that is why VHS is turning to BYOD. “Bringing your own device” is seen all around classrooms in the United States. 85 percent of the schools around the country currently allow students/faculty/staff to use their network.

Private schools such as MKA have been pursuing this policy for a while. There, every student K-12 is required to use the same school-issued machine and now public schools are catching up.

Pen and paper is turning into a computer screen and a keyboard, with the new addition of

Chromebooks at VHS. There are fewer desktop computers in the school, with the labs in both room 53 and the Learning Commons (formerly the Library Media Center) gone and more Chromebooks. The Chromebooks allow teachers and students to connect through Google Classrooms, Google Drive, other Google programs. As well, it allows testing to be transferred from Scantron to online.

Less than a year ago PARCC testing was the first time building-wide wifi was accessed and the practice test did not run smoothly. When half of the school tried to log on the wifi could not handle the number of people on the server.   As a result of experiments like that one, the wifi has been updated to withstand the students and faculty bringing their own device or using the Chromebooks. So far this year, many classes, sometimes upwards of five, are using classroom sets of Chromebooks at the same time and there seems to be no problem with wifi access.

The true test will be when everyone here at VHS logs on at once. Will bringing your own device be an innovation to VHS or a complication?