“Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. A personally owned device is any technology device brought into the school and owned by a student (or the student’s family), staff or guests” (Alberta Education, 2012)
Why is BYOD required?
With the removal of funding of the DER program by the Australian Government, schools and systems are examining ways of continuing the 1:1 computer to student ratio.
With BYOD there is evidence of improvements in standardised test results, particularly in literacy.
Teachers will have the opportunity to deepen student learning and develop digital literacy, fluency and citizenship in students to prepare them for the high tech world in which they will live, learn and work.
BYOD puts students in a position of power over their learning. Educational researchers argue that giving students the authority over their own learning is best: the teacher becomes a manager of learning, rather than a direct source of information.
Managed BYOD Program
Jamison High School is going ahead with the BYOD program. This initiative has the support of the P&C. It will enable students to bring a device they own and connect to the internet through the school’s wireless network. Students will be able to undertake research, carry out word processing and other applications in an efficient and creative manner.
Students who wish to use a device they already own for BYOD should check the BYOD Hardware and Software Specification document to see if their device is suitable.
NOTE: A MOBILE PHONE IS NOT AN APPROVED DEVICE.
The Information Communication Technology Policy document will also need to be sighted and acknowledged when completing the BYOD permission note. The policy contains procedures, expectations of students and technical details.
Please also see the Social Media Code of Conduct policy for information about the appropriate use of devices in school.
Jamison High School provides free internet access via the NSW Department of Education's network. They provide your child with an Internet and email account to improve their learning opportunities in a safe environment. This means their access to the Internet or World Wide Web will be filtered to stop inappropriate sites from being seen.
Please see the documents on the right for our easy-to-follow guides for Windows, Mac and Chromebook devices.
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