Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a school programme that allows students in year 5 and 6 to bring their own device to school and use it in the classroom as an additional learning tool.
Students will use their devices for a variety of activities which vary from class to class. Activities may include: completing class activities, accessing on-line homework, collaborating in real time, research, generating assessment tasks and following instructions from Moodle, Edmodo or Google Classroom.
Parents are responsible for purchasing the most suitable device for their child from any reputable retailer.
Key Benefits of BYOD:
- The opportunity for digital assignments to be submitted and for feedback to be received.
- Google Apps for Education will enable students to share and collaborate in a classroom on a larger display and each student will be given an account in our Google Apps for Education domain. (Please note that information stored in Google Apps For Education may be held in overseas data centres. We are confident in the security and protection of this data. More information can be found athttps://www.google.com/edu/trust/.)
- A touch capable device (e.g. Chromebook or iPad)
- A device which is fully functional and is not damaged
- With enough battery life to last a day.
Any laptop that has been made in the last 2 years will be effective regardless of its specification, power etc. Battery life will need to be considered as laptops run out of power much faster than tablets.
Devices MUST HAVE an up-to-date anti-virus protection programme, such as Sophos Anti-Virus and Norton Anti-Virus, installed. If a device is considered to be a threat to the network, it may not be allowed access.
We also recommend that a cover and keyboard, as well as personal insurance are purchased for the device.
It is important that parents are involved in checking students’ devices consistently to make sure they are maintained and up-to-date. Students might load games, music and video on the devices which could take a lot of power away from the machine and slow it down.
Students need to ensure their device is fully charged before they come to school and maintain their devices in good working order. When at school, the required safe and effective use of IT devices needs to be followed.
The school does not provide repairs/support for BYOD devices. If the device is broken or malfunctioning it is up to the owner to resolve these issues.
Click here to access the Kalamunda Christian School’s User Agreement. This needs to be signed by the students and returned to the school office.