BYOD Program

Merbein P-10 College now offers a Bring Your Own digital Device (BYOD) program for students in Years 3 to 10. The BYOD program gives students the option of bringing their own digital devices to school. Our technicians will set up the device so it can be used both at school and at home. The BYOD program was introduced for the first time in 2015, and the student response rate has been very positive.


iPads offer significant advantages for students. They can be customized for each individual student and will operate at much faster speeds. They can also be used at home for personal use.

The school will also provide netbooks however these are not as fast as personalized device and cannot be taken home.

The school is investigating the use of digital text books for future years which will be able to be installed on the devices.

Approved Devices 

Based on advice from our ICT team, the only categories approved for use in the 2018 BYOD program are iPad Mini’s 2 Higher, iPad Air & Pro (iPad 3nd Generation & IOS 11.0 is Minimum) or Netbooks/Laptops (Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Version 1607 minimum), Apple Macbook laptops (OSX 10.12 or later) and Microsoft Surface Book or Pro tablets.

Android Tablets for Internet & Microsoft Office use only are Approved and must be on Version 6.0.0 or Higher (Check About Device - for Android Version)  

Other tablet platforms such as Linux are not approved devices at this stage.

Purchasing Options 

Many families may already have an iPad at home that can be readily set up for use, however it must be at least an iPad Air 2 (or a later generation). Generation 3 iPads (or later) are preferable because they can accommodate most learning Apps and can readily be configured to work on the school network.  

If you decide to get a new iPad for your child, they can be purchased from any of the normal suppliers.  

Responsibility for Taking Care of Digital Devices 

Students are expected to be responsible for ensuring their devices are securely stored, handled carefully, fully charged and ready for use each day. Students are also responsible for ensuring their devices are used in accordance with DEECD/School Cyber Safety guidelines. 

Primary students are provided a secure storage space within their learning centers.  

The school takes all reasonable measures to help students to look after their BYOD devices however ultimate responsibility rests with the student. The school also strongly recommends that students use a robust protective cover for their device.

(Last Updated 20/09/18 By Tech)

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