BYOD = Bring Your Own Device
As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, students at Spotswood College may now bring their own technology to school.
Definition of “Technology”
For purposes of BYOD, “Technology” means privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment that includes, portable internet devices, equipment including laptops, netbooks, tablets/slates and smartphones that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.
“Spotswood College does not go as far as recommending purchase of any particular device, brand or operating system for students devices. However, we recommend that you purchase a device that has a minimum screen size of 10” measured diagonally, has a mouse and a keyboard (not on screen). Please note that all student devices must be able to connect to the internet using a browser so they can access “Schoology” which acts as an online subject communication hub 24/7″.
The school wireless system may be accessed while at school daily from 9am until 4pm. Personal internet connective devices such as but not limited to cell phones / cell network adapters t-stick, modem, etc, are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources during class time, unless permission is given by the teacher (using own cell phone data).
Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests completely with the individual owner. Spotswood College, nor its staff or employees, are not liable for any device stolen or damaged at school. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal effects. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom marks are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged, as is personal equipment insurance.
The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the ultimate right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. When abused, these privileges will be removed. The staff member has the right to confiscate the device and return it to the parent guardian at a later date. Students and parents/guardians participating in BYOD must adhere to all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use and Internet Safety.
Additionally, all devices/technology:
* Must come to school already charged
* Must be used in ‘silent mode’ while in school, unless directed by a staff member.
* May only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.
If your son/daughter has an issue connecting to the school Wifi, please inquire at the library for assistance.
BYOD local suppliers listed below:
Harvey Norman, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leaming, PB Tech