Public WiFi Access at USM:



The public WiFi concept at USM involves making the campus "WiFi" friendly. This means that visitors, vendors, guest speakers, parents, students and teachers who have a WiFi-enabled device would be able to access web based materials while on campus. In November a committee (Matt, Gregg, David Fritz, Rishi, Chris, Kristin, Nikki) was formed to explore the proposal of offering "WiFi" services to the "public" here at USM. The committee met 4 times between November of 2006 and January of 2007 to examine this proposal and make recommendations regarding WiFi's future place here at USM. Those recommendations are as follows:

1. The committee has come to a consensus and believes offering public WiFi access is a positive step for the school community. We believe it is a service that the community will embrace and also one that will have positive academic implications down the road.

2. The committee recognizes that there are potential issues of student misconduct. Policy and procedures for these issues have been discussed in our meetings and will need to be discussed and developed further with division administrators. Student users will be informed that this service is a privilege and any misconduct that occurs while utilizing the school WiFi system will result in consequences that may include the loss of this privilege.

3. We are in agreement that software and hardware tools should be leveraged to isolate this public WiFi network from the larger USM network. These hardware and software tools will be configured to keep the main USM network secure and free from contamination by users of the public network. We had a lengthly discussion on the utility of incorporting some type of network access validating appliance. The majority of the committee members felt that a NAC device (such as the Clean Access product) should be part of our public WiFi system.

4. Technical Suppport: Outside of showing users how to locate and join the public WiFi network and maintaining a website that offers guided assistance and FAQs, the committee recommends that technical support not be offered. The committee feels strongly that under no circumstances and without any exceptions should USM personnel be responsible for troubleshooting personally owned computing devices. Users who are not able to join the public network (for whatever reason) will not be offered technical/professional services by the school. If we are expected to offer a deeper level of professional services (e.g. configuring a user's WiFi communication card via their control panel, troubleshooting poor computer performance, etc.) then we are not in favor of offering a public WiFi system here at USM. A school-wide policy will need to be put together and the committee recommends that the technical support policy be placed in a prominent location on the disclaimer login page, and in the offices of tech personnel.

5. Users will need to agree to our terms of service and a disclaimer statement each and every time they join the WiFi network. We anticipate the need for legal counsel in crafting this terms of service/disclaimer statement. Examples of these statements may be perused at the following sites:
Lakeworth Florida Library
City of Amherst

6. Issue of the "Digital Divide." The committee discussed this topic and suggests that laptops be available for students to check out during the school day. Additionally, more lab computers should be available during study halls, recess, before/after school if students who own their own laptops are permitted to use them during these time slots.

USM WiFi Project Questions

Is this another way to say, "Student laptop program?"
No, not at all. This would simply involve allowing student to use their laptops on campus before, during and after the school day if they are interested in doing so. Allowing students to use their own laptops during discretionary time periods would take pressure of our very limited computer resources.

Will the Tech Department Offer WiFi support to students and parents?
Level one support - showing users how to locate and join the public WiFi network and maintaining a website that offers guided assistance and FAQs will be offered. The committee feels strongly that under no circumstances and without any exceptions should USM personnel be responsible for troubleshooting or handling personally owned computing devices. Users who are not able to join the public network (for whatever reason) will not be offered technical/professional services by the school.

How much will it cost to implement WiFi at USM?
Luckily, most of the infratstructure is in place to make this project happen. The vendor estimates the cost for the hardware to be $18,257 which includes all the Cisco Clean Access modules. The vendor budgets another $8,000 for professional services and software. Click here for the summary of the vendor's proposal.

Will there be any ongoing costs?
Yes, for software updates, monthly fee for the additional internet connection, etc. Annual costs should be minimal.

What is "Clean Access"?
Cisco NAC Appliance (formerly Cisco Clean Access) is an example of an easily deployed Network Admission Control (NAC) product that uses the network infrastructure to enforce security policy compliance on all devices seeking to access network computing resources. With NAC Appliance, network administrators can authenticate, authorize, evaluate, and remediate wired, wireless, and remote users and their machines prior to network access. It identifies whether networked devices such as laptops, IP phones, or game consoles are compliant with your network's security policies and repairs any vulnerabilities before permitting access to the network. The majority of the committee members felt that a security device (such as the Clean Access product) should be part of our public WiFi system.

How long will it take to install the WiFi at USM?
Once all parts are ordered and delivered it will take approximately 3 days to install the system.

What will I see when I acces the WiFi at USM?
Users will see our terms of service, policy statements and a disclaimer statement each and every time they join the WiFi network. Once users agree to the terms of use, they will then have acces to the Internet. They cannot access USM network resources such as server storage, printers, etc.

What about students who don't have a laptop? Is this a have/have not issue?
The committee discussed this topic and suggests that laptops be available for students to check out during the school day. Additionally, more lab computers should be available during study halls, recess, before/after school if students who own their own laptops are permitted to use them during these time slots.

Would web access be filtered?
The same level of filtering that is currently used on USM-owned computers would be applied to visitor computers.

What about game playing and students using the computers to fool around?
The same acceptable use computing agreement would apply to visitor-owned computers. If students break the rules then they would lose their privilege to use their device on campus. An ancillary benefit of this project is that it gives us the opportunity to further discuss issues of computing ethics. This project fits in nicely with our efforts to teach the global skills of digital citizenship. Additional policy would be created and implemented prior to the introduction of this project to the community.

Why not add additional labs?
We don't have the space to do this. In the new building proposal for the Middle School we would have two full-sized labs. This project leverages the computing power that already sits in the hands of many of our students.

What if we don't do anything?
This is always an option. However, students will find a way to access digital resources in another manner. Whether it is through their cell phones or via their own wireless broadband service subscriptions, students will eventually be utilizing their own web enabled devices on campus. This project helps us stay ahead of the curve by providing a sensible, filtered system for visitor access to digital materials while on campus.

Berbee System Quotation Summary

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2007-2008 Implementation Timeline

Fall Semester 2007
  • Re-introduce Public WiFi concept in department heads meeting
  • Work with department heads groups to determine acceptable student use for the 2007-2008 school year...modify our AUP to reflect WiFi. Discuss with department heads when laptops may be used (much of this may amount to individual teacher discretion).

Spring Semester 2008
  • Bring parents up to speed in parent advisory group meetings (policy toward bringing laptops to school will really be no different than it is now-students may bring laptops in if they wish-it certainly is not a requirement). A few laptops will be available for students to check-out for use during the school day. Additionally, more desktops will be available as students who have laptops won't be using these computers
  • Consult with student groups and leaders about the WiFi system. Some sort of Q/A session might work.
  • Develop formal modification of AUP in student handbooks to reflect the new public WiFi system
  • Develop a WiFi terms of use agreement that students and parents read, agree to, sign and return to each division...this must be completed prior to a student using WiFi
  • If possible, begin a small trial of the public WiFi system in April or May.

Summer 2008
  • Configure and install the public WiFi system in preparation for the 2008-2009 school year

Instructional Technology Position Statement

The public WiFi concept at USM involves making the campus "WiFi" friendly. This means that visitors, vendors, guest speakers, parents, students and teachers who have a WiFi-enabled device would be able to access web based materials while on campus. In November a
sub-committee (Matt, Gregg, David Fritz, Rishi, Chris, Kristin, Nikki) was formed to explore the proposal of offering "WiFi" services to the "public" here at USM. The committee met 4 times between November of 2006 and January of 2007 to examine this proposal and make recommendations regarding WiFi's future place here at USM. At the end of our committee's work we met with the division heads and Ward to present our findings and report. After hearing the committee's report, everyone in the room was in agreement that we should go forward with the public WiFi system at USM for the 2007-2008 school year.

Explanation of public WiFi
"Wildcat WiFi" would provide an experience that is quite similar to taking your laptop to a conference or a coffee house and joining the WiFi network for Internet resources. "Wildcat WiFi" would only provide filtered Internet access for users; access to network storage drives and printers is not necessary.

The utility of publicly accessible WiFi connectivity here at USM
  • Teachers continue to increase the amount of technology they use in their classrooms, and that they expect students to use for their work. Each year we look at the issue of expanding access to technology in our divisions, and we have concern about the expense involved in increasing our technology resources, and the ongoing cost of replacement. A WiFi system harnesses the computing power that already rests in the hands of many of our users. Instead of continuing to add more computers owned by the school and supporting these computers throughout their life cycle, we leverage the computing power that is already owned by many of our constituents. This means fewer computers to maintain and fewer computers on the replacement cycle, but more computers in the hands of the students, in study halls, in the library, wherever they're working. We currently are at a point where we do not have enough computers for the students to engage in the kinds of learning activities that our teachers are providing them and we recognize that adding an additional lab for each division still won't come close to meeting this demand.
  • We recognize that laptops have become a common tool for adults, and an increasingly common tool for students. We already see students bringing their computers to school but being frustrated that they can't work effectively on them here, without access to the Internet and printers. Providing WiFi will give them this access, which is increasingly available in many public places, but we feel should be available in school, where the students need to do their work.
  • The instructional technology department is on the verge of bringing in a consultant who is an expert in the area of 21st century classrooms and media literacy. We recognize and expect that one of the recommendations from this consultant will include WiFi connectivity for students.
  • "Wildcat WiFi" will take pressure of our IT resources for special events such as Christmas and Holiday Show. Vendors, parent volunteers, and the Christmas and Holiday Show leadership team will be able to make use of their personally owned devices for working at this event.

WiFi System Questions

I didn't have time to reply to your original e-mail. I probably would be an enthusiastic user of Wi-Fi once implemented, but if there were a July 1 approval for this, would we be prepared for implementation Sept. 1? Since it has been a year since the original proposal was floated, how has the tech coordinators' sense of this evolved?

  • Yes, we are prepared for implementation of the system at the start of the 2008-2009 school year. We obviously have planning that needs to be done prior to the start of the school year and we've put together a preliminary time line for implementation of the WiFi system. The preliminary time line may be perused here:
  • In comparison to a year ago, the instructional technology department's position on the utility of public WiFi on campus has changed to become even more supportive of such a move. We're currently about to start some fairly intensive work with a consulting team that will work with us on developing students who have strong 21st century literacy skills. This consulting team will help us formulate a 3-5 year vision plan for instructional technology here at USM. FurthermoreWe are also preparing for an entire in-service day in October of 2008 on the topic of 21st century schools and classrooms. This day will be keynoted by Alan November and will involve several workshops dealing with the elements of 21st century classroom environments. We're fairly certain one of the issues they our consulting team and Alan November will raise is student connectivity.

How will this be staffed? Surely when C&H show vendors bring their stuff, a few will have issues linking up over the weekend. Who will help them? Same question with parents-what happens when they get websensed out at the ice arena at 6 AM on Sunday morning? If there is no support, how do we even know when there are problems with the system? It's not the USM style to offer things without support.

  • Outside of providing users with directions for how to join their WiFi enabled device to the network, absolutely no support will be offered. In the terms and conditions of use, we will also have a statement that USM is not responsible for software problems that arise while using Wildcat WiFi. Just like at conference centers and coffee houses, we'll offer an instruction sheet that explains the process for connection to the public SSID. As far as websense goes, users will be informed in the terms and conditions of use that this is a K-12 environment and as such, it is necessary to filter Internet access. However, we also recognize that Websense and other filtering mechanisms block websites with legitimate educational content. This happens all of the time right now and when it does, teachers fill out this form online to request that a site be unblocked: Filtering Request. If the site has value then we unblock it. We would have a similar request mechanism for users on the public WiFi system. Finally, we'll know we have problems with the system because our division instructional technology coordinators work very closely with students and faculty. If there is a problem with the system, students and faculty will report it to us for investigation.
  • No troubleshooting of an individual's WiFi card software settings will be offered with this system. The only support we'll provide is documentation/instructions that show people how to join the network.

What are some examples of classroom scenarios where kids bringing laptops might be helpful? What if half don't bring one-do the rest go to the lab? Where should the classroom teacher stay, the classroom or the lab?
  • We have very limited computer resources as it stands now. We have several teachers who don't even bother to sign up for the lab because they know it will not be available in a reasonable amount of time. Wildcat WiFi will eventually take pressure off of our existing resources allowing these teachers better access to our limited lab resources.
  • Several of our teachers and classes engage in small group collaborative projects that do not require each student to have their own computer. Typically speaking 2-4 students work in collaborative teams on these types of projects. Personally owned, WiFi capable devices would work exceptionally well within the context of small group, collaborative types of projects.
  • With our existing resources we often have teachers sending small groups of students down to the labs/library while to work on a project. The teacher will remain in the classroom with the remaining students who are working with different resources and materials. These flexible learning spaces are something we're already quite comfortable with.
  • Allowing students to user their own devices on a public WiFi system will take a considerable amount of pressure off of the school computers during discretionary time periods such as recess, study halls, and before/after school times. This will free up the school owned computers for use by classes and/or students who don't bring their own device to school.

Has anyone estimated how many students without laptops will need loaners? Or that have laptops at home but no network cards? Or have laptops but find it easier to use USM computers?

  • In the first few years of this program we expect that personally owned student devices will be used primarily during discretionary time periods (recess, study halls, before/after school) and for classroom projects involving group work. We would provide 5-10 low cost laptops for students to check out and use from the Middle School and Uppers School labs (Lower School students will not be bringing personally owned devices on campus for use during the school day). Cost on these loaner laptops would range from $200-$1000, depending upon the model that we choose.
  • Most laptops purchased in the past 3-5 years have network cards built-in. We don't foresee this to be a major concern.
  • We don't think there will be a large number of students who find school owned computers to be easier to use in comparison to their personally owned devices. For students who do find it easier to use school computers, then this system will have a positive impact because it will free up more school computers for their use.

Would this escalate into an arms race among parents? Has PA been consulted?
  • Unfortunately this has already happened. We have several students in the Middle School who already bring in laptops to use during the school day. Two of these students have high speed Verizon cellular cards in their notebooks. The monthly cost associated with the Verizon cards is considerable at $70/month.
  • Last year we consulted the parent advisory groups at each division and all were supportive of the program.

As of last year there were no other schools that we could find that had a separate wi-fi system. A year later there has to be some. What can we learn from them? Could there be a survey?

  • Luassane School in Memphis, TN has employed this scenario for the past several 7 years with great success. We've spoken with Stuart Crais, the Director of Academic Technology at Luassane about the development of the program to gain ideas for our own implementation. Luassane students bring in any laptop that they own and connect to the school's public WiFi system for use during the school day.
  • Last year we did survey and question several other Independent schools regarding their public WiFi systems. Several of these schools shared information about the different software and hardware tools that they use with their public WiFi systems.

What extra precautions are necessary to control lost, damaged and missing laptops? We already have a problem with designer jeans and ipods taking a day to investigate!
  • Again, we currently have a considerable number of students bringing these devices to school right now, including laptop computers. Students will be encouraged to lock up their personally owned devices when they are not in use.

If kids bring their own laptops, I envision teachers and the tech department trying to provide support for laptops what happens when people are working off different platforms, different computers, with different operating systems and different software. The teacher personality is geared towards being helpful. I am concerned that we are effectively backing into a messy student laptop program, if so then why not just charge MS and US parents for one and buy them in bulk?
  • Supplying students with a new laptop through the school fails to recognize that students and families in the USM community already own a significant number of laptop computers. When surveyed three years ago about laptop ownership, a large number of students indicated that they owned a device already. This number has surely grown over the past few years.
  • The kinds of software that we are using now and plan on using more in the future is operating system and manufacturer independent. It doesn't matter if you own a Dell, Compaq, HP, Apple, or a Linux computer to run the kinds of applications that we're using with our students. The concern about a messy laptop program is a valid one if we were considering only using traditional, client installed software applications. But this isn't the direction we're heading. The only thing students need is an internet connection and a web browser to access most of the the tools and resources that we are using now and that we will use more and more in the future.

What is the student usage policy outside of classrooms? How do we handle access to sites such as YouTube, and other sites that have some content that has academic merit and some content with material unsuitable for a school?
  • We expect that our student body will do positive things with Wildcat WiFi. We sense that they will view this as a privilege and a powerful tool to help them with their academics. Within this context we will teach the skills of effective digital communications, ethics and citizenship which are some of the most important skills of the 21st century.
  • We'll use the same policies that we have in place now with student usage outside of the classroom, during study halls, and before/after school. In the conditions and terms of use agreement, users will be informed that this system is designed to be used for educational value only. Idle "horse play" is neither acceptable on the public WiFi node nor in a computer lab on school-owned computers.

What is the effect, good or bad, on the annual operating budget? Can the "minimal" annual costs be articulated?
  • The effect of Wildcat WiFi on the annual operating budge will be overwhelmingly positive. If we continue to add school-owned computer labs and computers, then our operating budget will increase substantially primarily due to annual software licensing fees and perhaps even an additional staff member or two. There will also be a positive impact on the capital budget if we can increase student access to computers through WiFi, and hold down our investment in school-owned computers and the subsequent replacement costs.
  • As part of phase II, the Middle School did not request and additional lab space due to the understanding that students would be bringing in their personal computing devices for use on the campus during the school day. We certainly have a very strong case for additional computers and lab spaces, but we didn't make this request because we thought it made sense to harness the mobile computing power that already rests (or will rest) in the hands of our students and families.
  • Public WiFi will have a very positive impact on the one time capital investments associated with building additional lab spaces and outfitting these lab spaces with more computers. The positive impact will be realized even more in that we won't need to be replacing these lab computers on a replacement cycle.

Who benefits from this primarily? Parents? How does this tie into our mission/strategic plan?
  • The entire school community benefits, from teachers to students to parents. The effective use of technology in the curriculum is a very important part of what we do in our classrooms at USM. Wildcat WiFi allows us to leverage the computing power that already sits in the hands of our students and families. Additionally, with the cost of portable computing devices nearing the level of cell phones, we recognize that even more students and families will own these mobile computing devices in the future.

How much is Winter Club willing to contribute to this?
  • Last year the Winter Club did offer to contribute monies toward the development of the Wildcat WiFi system. At this point we're not certain of the exact figure but we believe they are still willing to participate.

Terms of Use Statement:

A Terms of Use agreement needs to be constructed for or public WiFi system. There are many good samples out there that we can build ours from (no need to reinvent the wheel!) Below is one such document from a school district in Mansfield, CT. Steve Soko, who is a peer of mind and who works in this district, shared this following terms of use document with me:

"Region 19 and Mansfield Public Wireless Acceptable Use Administrative Regulation for
Public, Staff, Student, Contracted Vendor, and Volunteer Use"

Wildcat WiFi Wireless Network Acceptable Use Policy
University School of Milwuakee provides free filtered wireless (WiFi) access for students, faculty and vistors to use their personal laptop computers or other WiFi-enabled portable computing devices to connect to the Internet. By choosing to use the USM WiFi service, the user agrees to abide by the USM Wireless Network User Agreement (below). All relevant USM rules, regulations and policies apply, including but not limited to, the student handbook.
Using the "Wildcat WiFi" Wireless Network
  • The Wildcat WiFi network can be accessed from any 802.11b- or 802.11g-enabled device, such as a laptop computer or PDA.
  • If your computer is properly configured, it should connect to the WiFi network nearly automatically; if it lists multiple networks, select wildcat-wifi.
  • When you open your web browser, you will see the Wireless Network User Agreement (below); you must accept the agreement, by clicking the "Accept" button, before going online.
  • There is no time limit on using the WiFi network; stay connected as long as you like.
  • Bring a fully charged battery (or two!); electrical outlets for plugging in laptops are limited.
  • Only web browser-based services are available (Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Safari, etc.). This includes e-mail services such as Yahoo and HotMail. Stand-alone programs for e-mail (such as Outlook) and other protocols cannot be used on the WiFi network.
  • Printing is not available over the WiFi network. If you need to print a file and are able to transfer it to a USB flash drive, e-mail it to yourself via a web-based e-mail service, use your Google Docs account, and then you can then open the file and print it from the school owned lab computers (only students have access to these lab computers).
  • Though the network is designed to cover the entire campus, including the theater, gyms, and lobbies, no guarantee is made for signal strength or availability.
  • You need to know how to configure your computer for WiFi network access; USM staff cannot provide technical assistance. Refer to the documentation posted in the lobbies of the Lower School, Middle School, Upper School and ice rink for simple instructions on joining the wireless network.


Wireless Network User Agreement
1. All relevant University School of Milwaukee rules, regulations and policies apply, including but not limited to, the USM Student Handbook.
2. USM uses filtering software to block access to sites that do not have educational value. However, filtering software is not 100% reliable in blocking all objectionable content. Users are responsible for reporting any objectionable content to a division Instructional technology coordinator or via the online form. Likewise, if you would like to make a request to have a site unblocked that has educational value, please speak with a division technology coordinator or submit your request via the online form.
3. Wireless connections are not secure. Users should not transmit credit card information, passwords or any other sensitive personal or business information over the Library's wireless network. Anti-virus and security protection are the responsibility of the patron.
4. USM is not responsible for any loss of data, or for theft or damage to personal equipment or software.
6. USM staff cannot provide technical assistance on using the Wildcat WiFi wireless network.
7. There is no guarantee that a wireless connection can be made or maintained.
8. USM assumes no responsibility for any alterations or interference with a computing device's configurations, operation or data files resulting from connection to the WiFi network.
9. The Wildcat WiFi system is intended to be used for academic use by students. It is intended to be used by other patrons for personal productivity work. It is not intended to be used as a tool for game playing and idle surfing of the Internet. Using the system for idel surfing slows down the Internet connection for those who are using it for academics and productivity.
9. USM reserves the right to terminate a wireless Internet session at any time.
10. We expect patrons of the Wildcat WiFi system to use this tool responsibly, ethically, and in good faith. USM reserves the right to ban the use a personally owned WiFi device on campus.

First I want to agree on the following
I agree that the technology exists to get it done and have confidence that we have the ability to install it.
I also agree that such a system will reduce dependence on limited USM resources.
I think we can also agree that there will be no current benefit to LS students.
I am concerned with some of these budget effects:
· The current plan is for no helpdesk help but I feel that it will be inevitable. It’s just not the USM way to offer no support, particularly for paying customers, whether it be parents or Christmas and Holiday show vendors.
Any support that will be offered will be "Level 1" in nature. We will provide users with web based documentation (via video screen casts and written documentation) and signage documentation for joining the Wildcat WiFi public network. That is it. No troubleshooting will be offered. We anticipate that users of the Wildcat WiFi system will be quite pleased with having access to Internet based tools on their personally owned laptop computer. We will not provide support to individuals who are experience software configuration problems or hardware failure on their computers.

· The plan is for 5-10 low cost laptops as loaners for lower income students.
First, this is not in the operating budget--$300-1000 per laptop is $1,500-$10,000, nor are the software licenses.
Second, 5-10 is low compared with the number of financial aid students (182), plus faculty tuition remission (45). There could be a potential need for over 200 laptops, split across two divisions.
Third, if $300 laptops are fine as loaners, why not solve our lab issues by buying them?
Fourth, the low cost laptops might be identified as Financial Aid laptops. Meanwhile, someone could have a $2500 laptop.

· There are already some students using unfiltered Verizon cards. What do we do when technology drives the price down so that many are using the unfiltered web? Will we have spent $30,000 in vain?

In comparison to adding computer labs here at school, the $30,000 price tag for this system is quite minimal. There is no doubt that broadband wireless via cellular will proliferate in the future, but it will always come with a subscription fee. The annual subscription fee will be quite expensive for families to afford.

· I note that the MS AUP needs updating, the US AUP needs freshening and both MS and US need enforcement provisions. There is going to be more work for MS and US deans.
We are going through the process of right now of revamping the AUP to reflect a host of changes in the computing landscape here at USM. This revised AUP will not only address public WiFi use, but will also reflect the new web based publishing tools that our students and teachers are using on a regular basis.

Will there be an AUP for parents? Some adults don’t have good judgment.

Every time a Wildcat WiFi user logs into the public WiFi system they will agree to our terms of use. We recognize that some adults will abuse the system. But we also recognize that the overwhelming majority of our adult users will use the system respectfully and positively.

A lot of the assumptions about availability of laptops to students are based on observations or dated surveys. Would it make sense to have a current survey that asks the following?

1. Do you feel that USM has sufficient computer availability for you at school? Comments?
2. Are you currently bringing a laptop to school every day?
3. If USM had a Wi-Fi program, is there a laptop at home equipped with a wireless card that could be made available to you for your exclusive use at school?
4. If so, is the laptop less than 3 years old? (More recent laptops have better wireless connectivity)

1. Lab time
2. Only a few teachers are regular lab users right now...what happens when this changes? Many teachers don't even try to use the lab now.
3. Supporting and developing school owned mobile labs and fixed labs is EXPENSIVE. Adding more labs, whether mobile labs or fixed labs, will be much more expensive than harnessing the computing power that rests in the hands of many of our students right now.

Why not harness the computing power that already rests in the hands of many of our students?

To quote Karl in his post:
"Our students will spend the rest of their lives in a multi-tasking, technology-driven world and will need information and communication technology literacy in order to be successful – in both their professional and personal lives. They will need to be continually learning throughout their lives. “Lifelong Learner” will not be an educational buzzword for them; it will be an economic and personal necessity."

All other options for giving our students more access are much, much more expensive than public WiFi and will most likely involve adding more support people in the tech department.

Arapahoe High School's WiFi system acceptable use policy

USM reserves the right to deny access

Cyber Bullying and digital harrassment...

Why are we inviting laptops into the building?

It is not an expectation that everyone has has one

Checkouts will be available

Rollout to students:
use an assembly

Rollout to teachers:
In june talk about the plan

Rollout to

Study Hall monitoring techniques-laptops used by students must be used by the teacher