Student BYOD

'Bring your own device' or BYOD delivers the benefits of one-to-one access to technology facilitating more personalised student centred learning creating engaged and motivated self-directed learners.The department provides network access in all schools as well as learning tools such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite for Education and Adobe Creative Suite. A BYOD environment enables individual use of these tools to support collaborative and independent learning in classes.

Research and case studies suggest student BYOD increases students' care and responsibility in looking after and using devices, and enthusiastic learning and engagement.

Issues to consider for BYOD

The school needs to recommend BYOD minimum specifications to students to ensure the devices have the technology required to support the education needs of the student. The school supports Wi-Fi network access and a range of software applications.

It's important to engage your school community early in the process to gain their input and support. These groups each have valuable contributions and need for engagement.

Teachers

  • understand the types of uses for learning and challenges BYOD can present in the classroom
  • are the first point of contact when things go wrong
  • need to be committed to the success

Parents and carers

  • concerned about the investment required
  • focus on the benefits BYOD can bring to their child
  • set objectives and expectations to help minimise resistance
  • could contribute to local procurement options

Students

  • they are ones using the device/s
  • research shows they are more likely to look after their device and use it effectively if they have a sense of ownership, involving them in developing the program will build this

  • There are various BYOD models schools can implement based on sourcing and supply options. These may include:
    • local suppliers - some schools have arrangements with local retailers covering an agreed range
    • specialist BYOD suppliers - there are a number of retailers and manufacturers with a dedicated student BYOD range and/or portal offering complete service including warranty, repair and insurance.
  • The Procurement Solutions Directorate has guides to help in the process:
  • Warranty, service and insurance are important considerations.
  • The DoE Yammer 'BYOD' group is a good resource for peer discussion and advice.

Determine what functions the devices will perform then agree the range of specifications needed to adequately cover the required functions. From this some schools have developed a parent checklist to help parents find the right device that is up to the job and within their budget.

Recommended device specifications can help you determine what your students need.

Policies and guidelines are important for establishing the rules and expectations for all parties, acceptable usage, support, damage and loss.

  • Digital detox and device downtime - establish guidelines for device free time at school and home.
  • Student Agreements / User charters are also good to gain commitment and understanding from students to look after the devices, associated equipment, software, the information and the school's technology.

The table describes how to get ready for BYOD, at school in the left column and at home in the right column.

At school

At home

Determine and distribute the suggested or agreed specifications

Supply parents with clear guidance on what to buy

Understand and manage safe use of devices at school

Understand and manage safe use of devices at home and set some rules around digital detox

Ensure adequate Wi-Fi network capacity is in place

Parents need to arrange internet access at home

Prepare the software licensing requirements and access

Anti virus software must be installed before bringing to school and regularly updated

Consider setting up a bank of loan machines and process for borrowing eg ex DER laptops

Students need to fully charge their device at home before bringing to school each day

  • DoE has enterprise software contracts in place which apply to BYOD. These include:
    • Microsoft - can be downloaded onto multiple devices per student.
    • Adobe - can be downloaded onto BYOD.
    • Google - can be accessed from any device.

  • Repairs to and technical support for BYOD are the responsibility of the student.
  • The department does not fund or offer this service.
  • Some schools have found a local reputable computer repair service and make their details available to families for repairs when needed.
  • An ongoing relationship with a good repairer can help keep costs and downtime for students to a minimum.
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