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Bring Your Own Device

Hulstrom is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) School!

As a leader in academic excellence, Hulstrom K-8 recognizes that students of this generation learn and engage in education differently than students in the past. Research has demonstrated that students learn best when they are actively involved in their education. Technology engages students on all academic levels. As a 1:1 BYOD (Bring your own device) school, we are committed to using this academic tool to help create lifelong learners and productive 21st-century citizens.  At Hulstrom, 21st Century Learners are:

For more information see the BYOD Parent Information Presentation

It is highly recommended that all students come to school with a personal device for learning.  Students in Kindergarten through Second Grade are encouraged to bring an iPad, and students in Third through Eighth Grade should bring a Chromebook. Students will use devices daily as a learning tool within the classroom.

Device Purchasing Information

Kindergarten-2nd Grade  

It is recommended to purchase an IPad that is 3rd generation or newer.  It is our hope the families are able to utilize old or hand me down iPads. When possible we recommend an iPad 2nd generation or newer over an iPad mini. 16GB of memory is sufficient however the amount of memory is completely up to you.  Headphones and cases are recommended for all devies.  We are best able to support the specified devices with both IT and educational needs. 

3rd-8th Grade - Chromebook 

Hulstrom's Chromebook recommendation is a Samsung Chromebook with a minimum of 2GB Memory - 16GBFlash.
Samsung Chromebooks can be found online at Gov Connections (special pricing for Adams 12 students and employees, arranged through the district), Best Buy, Amazon or Walmart, for around $200.

In our 5 years of BYOD and supporting multiple Chromebook brands and laptops, we have found that the Samsung Chromebook is superior due to its durable construction against wear and tear, the battery life and Chrome browser interface. Samsung has proven to be more compatible with the district wifi network and online resources.  We have also found that students who had other brands of chromebooks or laptops ended preferring a Samsung Chromebook for its ease of use, size, weight, speed and battery life.  In maintaining the 1:1 devices, we are better able to problem solve and troubleshoot the Samsung Chromebook.  Headphones and cases are recommended for all devices.  We are best able to support the specified devices with both IT and educational needs. 

* If this is a financial hardship, please contact Dr. Urlik.

Headphones and cases


All students will also need to have a pair of headphones and should provide adequate protective cases.
Recommended iPad case Shock Proof iPad Case 

Chromebook cases vary depending on brand and model. With proper care Chromebook cases are not a necessity but are still highly recommended.



Parent Note:
Security is important information for parents to be informed about. All devices will connect to the Adams 12 district guest Wi-Fi (ad12guest). All devices connected to the district’s network are secured and filtered for content in order to keep students safe.

Home Internet Use Security Resources:
4 Ways to Set Up Parental Controls On Your Home Network
Everything You Need to Know About Parental Controls
Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation
10 Lessons for Parents Raising Children in a Digital World

Hulstrom BYOD Background