Bring Your Own Device | Ranch Creek Elementary

4th and 5th Grade BYOD Program 2020-2021

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 students are encouraged to bring their personal device on their first day of school to their classroom. Parents and students must sign the Responsible Use Agreement which they will also receive on their first day of school.They will then be able to bring their device daily.


 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

  • iPads are allowed (4th Generation or higher), pre-load these apps: Schoology, all Google Suite apps

  • Chrome books are allowed

-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 must register BYOD devices on their first day of school in their classroom. The device must be registered, and the responsible use agreement signed by both parent and student.


BYOD Parent Presentation

Student Video about BYOD

Information Technology Network Safety and Security Information


Digital Citizenship​ 

All Ranch Creek students will take part in the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship lessons.

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.​