Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Coming in 2018!
Based on feedback from recent parent forums, we can confirm that we will be launching BYOD in 2018.
“From 2018, all students from Year 6 to Year 12 will bring their personal laptops or tablet computers from Home, and use them for educational purposes in the classroom.”
Many of our teachers have already embedded online learning and digital content into their daily teaching practice.
The vision for our BYOD Program includes:
1. Personalisation of Learning
2. Participation in Learning
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is BYOD and how does it work?
- BYOD- Bring Your Own Device.
- Term used to describe digital device ownership model where students use their own
devices to access the network and information systems in an educational setting
- Students will be provided access to the College internet through WIFI
- Internet Access will be filtered.
- Students will be able to print to College Printers.
2. Is buying a BYOD device for my child compulsory?
- We want all students from Years 6-12 with their own personal device.
- It is strongly recommended that your child brings a device
- If you have legitimate financial concerns please speak privately with Mr Makin or Mr
3. What devices can students bring?
- Windows Laptop/ Tablet (recommended)
- Apple Device (including iPad with Bluetooth keyboard)
- Devices need to meet minimum specifications, and need to be appropriate for both
consumption (web browsing) and production (word processing)
The minimum requirements are:
i. I3 processor or equivalent
ii. 128GB HD
iii. 4GB RAM
iv. 5GHz Compatible wireless card (Note: A USB adaptor will be available for purchase
from the College IT Department for older (2.4GHz) devices).
v. Battery lasting 6-8 hours
vi. Please note: Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free from students Office 365
account while they are a student at the College.
4. What if the device doesn’t meet the minimum requirements?
- Devices that do not meet the minimum requirements will be considered non
- A student will not be given any extensions or exceptions if they are unable to do any of
the following due to an issue with a non-compliant device:
i. Submit an assignment in the format required on the task sheet
ii. Complete classroom activities
iii. Utilise the College IT services
5. Will computer rooms still exist?
- Yes- but some will gradually be returned to classrooms, or flexible learning spaces
- The computer rooms that will remain will become exclusively used for specialized
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program
“From 2018, all students from Year 6 to Year 12 will bring their personal laptops and devices from home, and use them for educational purposes in the classroom.”
BYOD is a term used to describe when students use their own devices to access the College network and information systems, including filtered Internet access and the ability to print to College printers.
Principles and Guidelines
The purpose for the use of personal devices is to enhance teaching and learning, and students must use these devices as directed by the teacher.
The use of personal devices during the school day is at the discretion of the teachers and staff, and will be varied in task and length, and will depend on the subject and content.
The use of devices will evolve over time as students and teachers become more familiar with them.
The security of the device remains the responsibility of the student.
Staines Memorial College is not liable for any loss, damage or theft of the personal device.
Response to misuse, or inappropriate usage will be through the College ‘Behaviour Development Process’.
Students must bring their devices to school each day.
It is the responsibility of the student to have their devices charged and ready for use.
Devices should be appropriately protected so they can be transported around the College.
Applications and programs should be installed in advance.
Data should be backed up on OneDrive.
A system of file management and storage should be used.
Conditions of Use
Access to the College network is a privilege and not a right. Any use of the network entails a personal responsibility and compliance with all aspects of the Colleges ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’.
Internet access should be via the College network. Internet tethering or personal hot spots cannot be used.
Users should not attempt to bypass the College network, security, filtering policies or software licences.
The use of the College network is at the users own risk. The College will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including, but not limited to loss, damage or unavailability of data, for delays or interruptions of service, or the non-delivery of information or materials, regardless of the cause.
Contact with parents during school hours should be restricted to genuine emergencies, and should only occur with teacher permission.
Content recorded or captured at the College remains the property of the College. This includes photographs, video footage and voice recordings. This content should not be used outside of the College without the direct permission of the College, and the staff and students recorded.
Lessons and lesson segments are only to be recorded with teacher permission.
Images and videos are not to be created without the consent of those being recorded.
Devices are not to be used in locations that would be considered inappropriate (such as toilets).
Content inappropriate for school should not be stored on the device, access or shown to others while at school.
In bringing a device to the College, all students and parents grant staff permission to conduct any investigations regarding inappropriate use, or inappropriate content on the device at any time.
Consequences for Misuse
When the use of a device has been inappropriate, the College response will be according to our ‘Behaviour Development Policy’.
The use of electronic devices is a privilege, not a right. Disciplinary action may include removal of access to the College network and internet, and/or loss of privilege of using a device at the College. The College reserves the right to restrict access, or temporarily confiscate devices if a breach of the ‘Conditions of Use’ occur; or if in the reasonable opinion of a staff member, the use of a device would put the College, or others at risk of harm, in a position of liability, or unduly affect the College’s learning environment.
Devices may be confiscated for the duration of a lesson, or for the remainder of the school day. If a device is confiscated for a time greater than a lesson, it will be kept in Student Services.
Parents may be asked to collect the device from a Deputy Principal at an agreed time.
For serious matters where a criminal offence occurs, further disciplinary or legal action may be taken as deemed by the Principal and may involve police action.