During our normal school year, we are equipping each classroom with enough devices to have a ratio of one device for every two students. However the upcoming school year will be different, some or a substantial amount of time will be online. Students are not required to bring their own devices to school at this time. The district has arranged a lending library device (LLD) for any student that does not have access to a personal device (BYOD) . They can borrow an LLD from the student’s campus, it will be assigned to the student for the school year and can be used both at school and at home.
This BYOD Guide page is to inform our parents of the suggested devices that will work well on Fort Bend ISD wireless network if our students decide to bring their own devices to school.
The following guide provides a list of suggested devices. The devices outlined below reflect the type of devices are part of the Fort Bend ISD Hardware Standards. The standards have been developed and reviewed over several years in collaboration with Campus Teachers, Leaders, Technology and an IT Steering Committee which includes a cross section of community and District Staff. As such the suggestions are very similar to those devices that have been in active use by students enrolled with Fort Bend ISD.
We feel that the suggested devices for BYOD should meet similar requirements so that our students will have compatible devices if they were to do their work at home. There are many devices to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantage. Our 2nd – 12th grade students need to be able to type, create Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, PowerPoint Presentations, take pictures, upload files, and access our instructional materials. If a student cannot complete classroom assignments as noted then it may impact their ability to keep up with their classes. If they can do those functions with the iPad or other devices, then those devices will work.
For frequently asked questions about devices during COVID-19 environment, please refer to our FAQ page.
*As a minimum, all devices must:
- Able to connect to 802.11n 5GHz wifi
- This is important to ensure a good WIFI connection
- Have a Physical Keyboard, Integrated WebCam & Microphone
- iPads or other tablets require a separate physical keyboard, not the on-screen keyboard
- Have at least 6 hours of battery life
- Minimal screen of at least 9.7" or larger
Chromebooks, Android, IOS 11 or older and Mobile phones are not suitable BYOD devices.
Before you buy...
Shop around, look for good value and by all means read several consumer and customer reviews prior to making your selection. You may also want to consider factory refurbished units for additionals savings.
Suitable Devices Include:
Windows Laptops (Grades 2-12)
Pros: Most commonly used platform in schools, homes and businesses. Offers several configuration options.
Cons: Can be expensive based on configuration.
Mac Laptops (Grades 2-12)
Pros: Large suite of bundled software for creative projects.
Cons: Higher in cost, uses only Apple appproved applications.
iPad, Surfaces, & other Windows OS Tablets (Grades K-1: iPads and (Grades 2-12: Tablets & 2in1's)
Pros: Relatively affordable or exist in many homes already.
Cons: Require a physical keyboard accessory.