The College is implementing a 1:1 Learning environment where students bring a parent-owned digital device to school to use as a powerful learning tool. This environment is known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In 2015, BYOD will be available for students in Years 7, 10 and 12 only. Years 8, 9 and 11 will continue with current notebook lease arrangements which rely on both parent and school contributions because these arrangements were made for 3 years.
Our previous 1:1 Learning environment has been based on all students accessing a Lenovo notebook. A Commonwealth grant first provided in 2010 was used to purchase laptops for three year levels in 2011. Since then the College has used various funding models with a mixture of parent and school contributions to give every student access to a notebook.
However, along with other schools, high damage and repair costs along with significant damage rates, and relatively poor parent contribution rates and low repair payment rates have detracted from the program’s overall effectiveness.
Consequently, like other schools, we are implementing a BYOD program for Year 7, 10 and 12 in 2015. We are advising Year 7 parent/carers to provide their child with a tablet because of its lower cost and greater portability. We are able to offer Year 10 students the opportunity to buy their current notebook to use for BYOD since it is school-owned. Year 12 students can choose to continue to use their current commonwealth notebook rather than being involved in BYOD.
Unfortunately, we cannot implement BYOD for Years 8, 9 and 11 in 2015 since these Year levels are still involved in leasing arrangements and parent contributions will continue to cater for a proportion of these leases. These students will transition to BYOD as leases expire.
So, in 2015, three year levels will continue with school leased laptops. 2016 will be the last year of school leased laptops with only one year level using these devices. In 2017 all students will be involved in BYOD.
A BYOD Guide with a Responsible Use Agreement has been produced for Years 7, 10 and 12. Students in these year levels can have their device registered and connected to the school network when their Agreement has been signed.
The College is looking forward to all students using whatever device they are using in a smart, safe and responsible way. If you have any questions about 1:1 Learning or BYOD please contact Mark Nugent at Sydenham, Glenn McLeod at Kings Park or your campus office who will direct you through to someone who can help you.