Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program

 

Merbein P-10 College now offers a Bring Your Own digital Device (BYOD) program for students in Years 4 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.  


Benefits

BYOD offer significant advantages for students.  They can be customised for each individual student and will operate at fast speeds.

They can also be used at home for personal use.

The school will provide access to netbooks and desktop computers for all students.  They are kept in working order by our IT technicians on site.


Approved Devices

Based on advice from our ICT team, the preferred categories approved for use in the 2020 BYOD program are iPad Minis, iPad 2s (or later) or netbooks/ laptops (Windows 7 minimum).  We also support Apple Macbook laptops (OSX 10.8 or later). Microsoft Pro Surface tablets are also supported.

 

Other tablet platforms such as Android may be used but are limited to basic internet only.  The College cannot guarantee that all Android devices will work on our network (due to technical complications).


Purchasing Options

Many families may already have a device at home that can be readily set up for use.

 

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

 

The school is currently setting up a parent portal with JB Hi-Fi, which will give families easy access to purchase a device that is preferred for school use. This is optional for families to use and devices may be purchased from any company. A link will be provided when the portal is online.


iTunes Accounts

In the case of Apple devices, students may be required to download apps recommended by their teachers.

This means that students will require their own iTunes account.    Legally, students who are under the age of 13 require parent permission to set up an iTunes account.  

Parents are therefore asked to sign a Parent Approval form if your child falls under the legal age.

Students are able to have their devices set up to access the school’s wireless network and will be able to use their iPads to print.


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 DET/ School Cyber Safety guidelines.  During 2019, the incidence of accidental damage has been very low because of the procedures put in place.

 

Secondary students are provided with a large lockable locker.  All students who BYOD must provide and use a lock on their locker.  Security cameras are also installed around locker areas for added security.    

 

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.

 

Mr Chris Grimmer

ACTING PRINCIPAL

 

 

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