BYOD
​4th and 5th Grade BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program 
​ 2017-18

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 17th and 18th, 2017  for device registration. They will then be able to bring their device daily to the classroom beginning on August 21st, 2017. 


 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 list at the top right of this page.  You will also find accessory recommendations such as cases and keyboards.

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. In accordance with District 20 practice, there will be a $50 yearly fee in order to use a school-owned device. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Paulson at susan.paulson@asd20.org


​Acceptable BYOD Devices:

  • Laptop running Windows 10
  • iPad Air or newer running iOS 10 or higher with an attached case and keyboard
  • iPad mini 3 or newer running iOS 10 or higher with an attached case and keyboard

No Chromebooks

No cell phones as a BYOD device

No Kindles

No Samsung Galaxy Tablets


$50 District 20 User Fee to borrow a school device for the year. This is located on the list of school fees, and can be paid for with PayForIt.


App List for iPads: please load these apps prior to bringing an iPad in the fall. 


Students and parents must register BYOD devices on August 17th and 18th, 2017 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 on Monday, August 21st. 


Ranch Creek Responsible Use Agreement​  (to be signed by students and parents prior to using a BYOD device at school)


Ranch Creek Personalized Learning Presentation 2017


Student Video about BYOD


Recommended cases/covers for BYOD devices (please send a keyboard with the device).  

1. Griffin Survivor cases (all Ranch Creek iPads use these cases): Click here​

2. Logitech wired keyboard to go with Griffin case: Click here​

3​. Logitech protective case with integrated keyboard: Click here​

4. Logitech wireless keyboard:

Click here​



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​

Cyber-Safety.com​​​: ​A website dedicated to keeping ​kids safe in a wired world

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