BFMS students test B.Y.O.D. program for district

By staff writer Peter Brady

BFMS students are the testers for the new B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) program, and if it all goes well it will be implemented at all schools in the Alameda Unified School District.

B.Y.O.D. was implemented this year, allowing students to bring the device they are comfortable with to school for classwork. Students who don’t bring a device can “borrow” one from the school for the year.

There was a tremendous amount of work put into the B.Y.O.D program by Principal Babs Freitas and media center teacher Roxanne Clement. “The hardest part of getting B.Y.O.D was figuring out the paperwork and getting everything through the AUSD,” Mrs. Freitas said. She said Bay Farm students should feel honored to be the first ones in the district to have the program, but that the district will decide whether to implement it in other schools once they’ve seen how it works here.

The program prevents Bay Farm School from being tied to buying expensive technology that quickly becomes obsolete, and reinforces its commitment to using technology in the classroom.