From 2015, the school will introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme which will allow students to bring a personal device to school to enhance their learning opportunities.
One of the objectives of this scheme is to ensure that students have access to ICT devices to assist with their learning.
The handbook and policy document outlines the expectations of the school regarding the scheme, as well as suggested minimum specifications for devices.
Questions related to this can be directed to the Deputy Principal, Matthew Hughes.
What is a BYOD scheme?
Students will soon be able to provide their own device for ICT usage at school. The school will provide access to the internet for these devices and allow them to use them in class to support teaching and learning. One of the rationales for the scheme is that students will be comfortable using a device that they "own" and manage themselves. They should be familiar with how it works and the software installed on the device.
What is the difference between BYO, BYOT, BYOD and BYOx?
Essentially, these are all versions of the same thing. Users can bring their own device or technology to school to assist them with their learning. Different schools and systems might use different terms but they are basically the same thing. Contact the school for their preferences regarding devices.
What kinds of device can be brought to school?
The device used by the students will need to be capable of joining the school network. There will be a set of minimum specifications which will be the school preference. Other devices might still be used but the school cannot guarantee that they will work satisfactorily.
Is there a cost associated with the scheme?
From 2017, there will be a $30 connection fee for participating in the BYOD scheme. This will cover the connection licences and also provide some basic triage at the school.
What sort of support will be offered by the school?
As the devices are owned by the students/parents, the school cannot actually service them. Technical support will be limited to providing assistance with connecting to the internet or basic troubleshooting which the students can carry out themselves. The school will not be a service centre.