Technology Program


Bring Your Own Device

Detroit Country Day School has a  Bring Your Own Device program for students in grades 6-12.

This program allows students to use their own devices, giving greater freedom of choice for students and families, while providing accessibility to DCDS email and file storage, and effectively transform a wide variety of devices into tools used to facilitate student learning.

Recommended Devices

The school requires the device have at least a 7" screen and include a keyboard (either touch screen or physical).  Examples of acceptable devices are Microsoft Windows based laptops, Apple laptops and Chromebooks.

Setup Instructions

If you already have a compatible computing device, setup is very simple.

Most of the applications we use are web based. The list of sites that we use are located on our apps portal page at: 

https://apps.dcds.edu/

Students can login to this site with their DCDS username and password.

Some applications require a Client to be installed on Windows, MacOS, Android and Apple iOS.  Here is the link to the download page for the VMware Horizon Client: 

Download VMware Horizon Clients

 

Help Desk

As always, Detroit Country Day School's IT Support is happy to provide assistance.

For Technical Support for all systems, including computers, phones, educational technology, network outages, senior systems and My BackPack, please contact us at: 

support@dcds.edu

To Reach us by Phone, please call: (248) 430-3744

We are staffed from 7:30am to 4:00pm workdays. If you leave a voicemail message, a service ticket will be generated.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If a student already owns a device, do they need a new one?

No, as long as the device is functioning properly and is able to meet the minimum hardware requirements, a student may use a device that he/she already owns.

What kind of devices can I use?

Any Windows, MacOS, Chromebook or Linux laptop device will work.

Do I need to purchase any software?

No additional software applications are required.

Can I access the system outside of school?

The virtual applications can be accessed from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.

Are students still bound by the Acceptable Use Policy if they bring their own device to school?

Yes. The same policies and guidelines apply to personal computing devices as to school provided public computing stations.

Are smart phones considered personal computing devices?

Yes, however they may not be used as the student's primary computing device.

Will any personal information on my personal computing device be accessed by the school or others?

School staff will not have the ability to remotely access the contents of any personal computing device. We highly recommend all students protect their devices by creating a password, as well as installing anti-virus software whenever possible.

As these are personal devices, what would prevent a student from sharing inappropriate content contained on their personal devices?

Unfortunately, these problems are not new to schools. The medium is changing from print to electronic, but the behavior is the same. These issues would be addressed through the standard disciplinary protocol of the school.

What should I do if my device is not functioning correctly?

We recommend you purchase an extended warranty for the device at the time of purchase. Malfunctioning computing devices should be brought to the Help Desk, where an initial diagnosis will be performed. If the problem can be easily fixed within 15 minutes, the technician will do so. If not, students will be provided with a loaner, and it is up to the student to have the device repaired as soon as possible. We will attempt to facilitate the repair if possible. Students will need to return loaners within two weeks.

How will students be kept from engaging in inappropriate use of personal computing devices?

We have high expectations for honorable behavior within our community. Our teachers are among the most engaging and gifted professional educators in the field. The workload for students is significant. Off-task behavior of any kind is often self-correcting.

The teacher can also, of course, tell students at any time to "close your device" to be sure the potential distraction is not available.

How do I download the Advantage (My Backpack) mobile app?

DETROIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL | CONTACT US
Lower School (Grades PK-2)
3003 West Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Phone: 248.430.2740
Junior School (Grades 3-5)
3600 Bradway Boulevard
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Phone: 248.430.3566
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
22400 Hillview Lane
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Phone: 248.430.1677
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
22305 West 13 Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Phone: 248.646.7717

Detroit Country Day School is a private, independent, co-educational, non-denominational, preschool through grade 12 college preparatory school focused on a well-rounded liberal arts education. Emphasis on academics, arts, athletics, and character development is prevalent across the curriculum. The school admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in the school. 

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