BYOD or District Device?

BYOD or District Device?

While TSD allows students to bring in personal devices and connect them to the Guest Network SSID, it is recommended that students use district devices instead of their own personal devices for their school work. The reasons for this recommendation are as follows:

  • Certain secure systems are only available on district devices. While a student can get to their Google Account on a personal device, some apps will not work as well because they require a level of security and/or a district license that only works on a district owned and managed device.
  • Standardized assessments require centralized district management due to security reasons. So a personal device cannot be used for standardized assessments.
  • Personal devices are less secure because they are not under the full protection of our district firewall. So they are more susceptible to malware and viruses. This is why they are only allowed on the Guest Network SSID. 
  • At certain times of the year, the Guest Network is throttled down to conserve bandwidth for the secure TSD Network SSID. So personal devices may run slower or not connect at all during those times.
  • Teachers use Learning Management Systems with students to organize school work. These systems work best on district devices.
  • The district pushes out licensed software that teachers and schools need on a universal basis. These applications can only be pushed out to district owned devices.