Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their personally owned mobile devices to access the department’s ICT network.
After consultation with staff, parents, students and other key stakeholders, in 2016 BYOD was initially offered to Year 7, 8 and 9 students only. Year 10, 11 and 12 students had access to the BYOD program as it expanded to include them in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Our goal is for students to use iPads as a tool to support key processes in learning - accessing, organising, processing and publishing information, collaboration, creativity and communication, and for teachers to use them as an environment to facilitate deeper engagement in learning and higherordering thinking. These processes, which align with the ACARA ICT Capabilities, move students away from seeing ICT devices as tools for researching, emailing and typing assessment to being catalysts for deeper knowledge exploration and 21st century skill development.
The iPad has the varied functionality that will allow students to consume information as well as produce information through:
- Textbooks available on the iPad in eBook format. This not only alleviates the need to carry heavy textbooks in their school bag, it provides on-demand access to these up-to-date rich resources.
- A wide range of classroom apps and tools as part of the school’s ever-evolving digital platform for learning.
- The rich combination of resources that are available 24/7. Innovative teaching and learning tools and materials are being developed and will continue to be released as we move forward.
Warranty & Accidental Damage Protection
Laptops and tablets are expensive technical devices and they do break down and can be damaged, especially in the hands of teenagers. It is vital to ensure a fast turnaround for repairs when the need arises.
We highly recommend every device has Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) insurance with Next Business Day (NBD) onsite warranty. You may have the option of adding ADP to your home and contents insurance policy. However, be sure that it covers the device 24/7 and while away from your home. It is worthwhile to know the warranty period and exactly what is covered as this will vary between vendors.
Aviation High School runs an IT help desk that offers level one support for the student owned devices. However, warranty, security, insurance and maintenance will be something the parent will need to discuss with the vendor when the device is purchased. Advice about this will come out with the minimum device specifications. The installation of an Anti-virus software is a compulsory requirement of connecting the BYOD to the school network solution.
Recommended Anti-virus solutions include: Norton/Symantec (DETE offers a 3 year x $9.99 offer) or Microsoft Defender. If a solution is not detected the ‘on-boarding’ process will cease the connection to the school network.