Bring Your Own Device | Ranch Creek Elementary

4th and 5th Grade BYOD Program 2019-2020

The mission of Ranch Creek’s BYOD program is to better prepare our students for the demands of the future in a global society. We believe giving students better access to technology is just one of the many tool​s that will keep them engaged and allow them to create, problem solve, develop questions and collaborate with other 21st Century learners.


Fourth and fifth grade students are invited to be part of a learning initiative at Ranch Creek Elementary School. Dr. Mark Hatchell, implemented this program as a superintendent's initiative because Academy District 20 strives to prepare students for a globally-connected future. Our teachers are committed to educating students to be responsible, appropriate, and cautious with their digital footprint.


All fourth and fifth grade parents and students are encouraged to bring their personal device on the school testing days August 22nd and 23rd, 2019  for device registration. They will then be able to bring their device daily to the classroom beginning on August 26th, 2019.


 Your child's teacher has been involved in specific training about how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.  Allowing your student to bring a device they already know and use to school means that learning opportunities can be enhanced.


To determine whether your child's particular device has all of the software and safety programs required for classroom use, please refer to the list at the right side of this page. 

If you choose not to send a device with your student, the staff at Ranch Creek Elementary School will make sure your student still has access to school devices so that learning through technology remains equitable for all students. . 



Acceptable BYOD Devices:

  • Laptop running Windows 10

No cell phones as a BYOD device

No Kindles

No Android Tablets including Samsung Galaxy Tablets


Many families have found the HP Stream works well for a Mobile device student laptop. 


Students and parents must register BYOD devices on August 22nd and 23rd, 2019 before or after the student's testing time in the Ranch Creek library. The device must be registered, and the responsible use agreement signed by both parent and student, before a device can be brought to school.


BYOD Parent Presentation

Student Video about BYOD

Information Technology Network Safety and Security Information


Digital Citizenship​

All Ranch Creek fourth grade students will complete the Common Sense Media Digital Passport program prior to using a BYOD device.

​Digital Passport information​

Digital Citizenship information-Common Sense Media​​​

Netsmartz.org​​: Keeping kids and teens safer on the internet​

Be Internet Awesome: Digital citizenship games for kids

Connect-Safely.org​; Dedicated to ​​educating users of connected technology​​ about safety, ​privacy and security.​