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Many of Hays CISD students are already bringing their own device to schools.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to utilize their personal technology tools to enhance learning while practicing valuable digital citizenship skills.


Digital Citizenship Expectations for Students


More information about the expectations for students using their own devices at school can be found in our handbook.  

As a digital citizen, I will:

  • use technology responsibly
  • comply with network security policies
  • ask permission before taking or posting photos/video of someone else
  • stay on task while using technology in class
  • think before I post information online
  • protect my private information
  • stand up to cyber bullying
  • respect other's intellectual property



Q:  Will students be using a secured network while at school?


Hays CISD offers filtered wireless access where available.  Students are asked to connect their devices to our wifi while at school instead of using their own data plan.

Q: How do students login to Hays CISD wifi?


K-12 students will be provided with a login to the district wifi.  The login will not be given until they have completed the introductory digital citizenship instruction. 


Q:  Does Hays CISD have enough bandwidth for this initiative?


Infrastructure upgrades funded through the school bond have allowed for increased wifi connectivity througout the district.  Technical infrastructure and professional development supports are coming into place to fully immerse devices into our educational program and should be completed very soon.


Q: What if my student does not bring their own technology device? Will the district provide one? 


If an instructional activity requires access to technology, the teacher will arrange to check out school provided devices for the lesson.  Access to devices for students is a top priority for us. This year we will provide every campus with supplemental devices, through shared carsts, provided for in the 2014 bond. This year we are not only focusing on teaching digital citizenship, but also on the best ways to ensure students without the means to purchase a device will still have access.  



Q: What kind of things will students be doing with their device at school?


This will vary by grade level, and by school. We will focus our professional
learning efforts on DYOD integration into instruction.  Some examples include:


  • Native apps on devices to help with academic productivity such as calendars for planning and note taking apps for studying.  Many apps do not even require wifi. 

  • Students can use digital tools to create things that supplement their learning such as Educreations screencasts to explain their thinking, WeVideo videos to conclude a project, apps such as Popplet to create a graphic organizer, and Google Drive to collaborate on documents. Many of these engaging multipurpose apps are free.

  • Educational apps that are helpful for a specific content area. This may include letter practice for a Kindergartener, or an interactive solar system app for a fifth grader.  

  • Many of our instructional materials have digital components and the district has digital subscriptions such as eBooks on Overdrive and educational games on Brainpop.



Q: Why is it called DYOD instead of BYOD?


Students have been bringing their devices to school for several years in Hays CISD. The BYOD program we introduced this year (Drive Your Own Device) demonstrates our vision that students will utilize technology to power their learning.


More Questions? Contact:









Jamie Locklin
Director of Digital Learning

512.268.2141 x45029

Digital Citizenship
Lesson Plans

There are 9 elements of digital citizenship and this year,Hays CISD is focusing on 4 areas:


  • expectations & etiquette

  • online safety

  • cyberbullying

  • information fluency


The digital citizenship expectations and etiquetteintroduction has been customized by campus and canbe obtained in Google Apps. The remaining digital citizenship instruction will be implemented using Common Sense resources and are available in English and Spanish. You will need to set up a Common Sense Account to access the plans!


Information Fluency Lesson Plans:

K-2     3-5     6-8     9-12 


Online Safety:

K-2      3-5     6-8     9-12



K-2      3-5     6-8     9-12


In addition, all students will be reminded of the DYOD and Digital Citizenship expectations through a beginning of year introduction.  Click here to access the files (must be logged in with a Hays CISD Google Apps Account).

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