I’m not sure if you know this or not, but Salem Middle School is an offical WCPSS BYOD — Bring Your Own Device — school!
That means that students are both encouraged and allowed to bring their own digital devices — iPods, iPads, tablets, phones, computers — with them to class each day.
While we won’t always use them, we do use them frequently as a part of our lessons.
Students can do darn near everything with their devices: Completing homework assignments, filling out documents, collaborating with partners on research projects, taking short review quizzes, doing in-the-moment research on topics they are studying or questions that they have, completing review games.
If your child has a device that they can bring to school this year, that would be AWESOME. You might want to invest in a carrying case and a screen protector to keep them as safe as possible. If they don’t have a device and you are thinking about investing in one, pretty much anything — regardless of manufacturer or size — works!
I always love to recommend Chromebooks, though. Chromebooks are computers that run a stripped down Google-based operating system that is designed to get students directly to the internet as fast as possible. Because they aren’t full featured computers, they are small, light, and relatively inexpensive. They are also pretty durable — I have several that I purchased over the years and they’ve stood the test of time.
Here’s a link to one of my favorite Chromebooks if you want to check one out.
What makes Chromebooks particularly useful is that they have a full keyboard