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BYOD – (Bring Your Own Device)

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 177.8mm or 7″ measured diagonally. Please note that all student devices must be able to connect to the internet using a browser so they can access the school Ultranet site which acts as a subject homework and resource depository”.

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.

Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests 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 touches 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. When respected, they will benefit the learning environment as a whole. Students and
parents/guardians participating in BYOD must adhere to all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use and Internet Safety.

Additionally, technology:
• 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.

Please find below a link to the full BYOD agreement forms…These form will require printing off, completing and submitting to the Tech Angels in the school library during lunchtimes..

BYOD documents

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