What is BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students and/or staff use their privately owned devices to access the departmental networks and information management systems in an educational setting.
- BYOD recognises that technology and choices about technology are very much personal.
- BYOD acknowledges technology in education enhances opportunities to meet specific curriculum requirements.
- BYOD is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.
IT devices are a powerful means of differentiating and personalising a student’s education, and student-owned devices allows student choice regarding which applications best suits their learning and
communication style. We are giving families control over the choice of IT device students use at school (within specifications).
How does it work?
Students in the above year levels/courses are required to bring a laptop to school every day. Recommendations as to the model of device which students choose to bring are based on technical specifications rather than brand or model of device. Students and parents/carers are required to sign the Woodcrest User Charter Agreement
. A member of the school staff, the BYOD Technical Support Officer, is available to answer questions and to give assistance. However, the school does not manage, support, own or warranty the device - it's your device.
At school level, there is management of student owned devices via the ‘BYOD Solution’. This provides students with a secure log in to the school’s network enabling access to in-school digital resources and the internet, at all times protected by Education Queensland’s filtering and reporting systems.
What type of device can we bring?
The expectation of the Woodcrest State College is a laptop device. Devices that support Windows operating systems will provide students with the most advantage. Some devices such as Tablets may connect to the BYOD network however we will not provide technical support to these devices. There are a range of devices in a range of price categories that meet the device specification requirements.
Technology subjects (Design, Media and Information Technology)
Where do I purchase device?
Devices can be purchased in store or online through the following BYOD portals:
Go to online portal: http://byod.acer.com.au/school/wsc/index.php/Or please call 1300 975 035.
Go to online portal: https://datashop-qld.datacom.com.au/woodcrestsc
Contact DellBYOD@datacom.com.au or 1300 662 087 for support.
Go to online portal www.jbeducation.com.au/byod
Enter School Code :WOODCREST2021
Go to online portal: http://theschoollocker.com.au/schools/woodcrest-state-college The School Locker superstore is located at 2118 Ipswich Road, Oxley. Call (07) 3725 2500.
‘Microsoft Office Student Advantage’ allows students to install the Office suite of software at no cost to families. Microsoft Office can be downloaded from theschool network or alternatively Microsoft Office can be installed at home by following the Student IT Guide Booklet page 4.
Reputable antivirus software is advised.
Adobe Design & Web K-12 Collection
This software is available, free of charge, to all students at the school. Woodcrest State High subscribes to the Adobe Software Agreement which offers students this access. This is a requirement for any student studying a multimedia subject.
Care of Device
It is the responsibility of families to keep their chosen IT device in good working order to ensure minimal disruption to learning. It is expected that students bring their IT device to school each day fully charged. Each device should be clearly labelled with the student’s name.
Students should take care to completely turn off their device when moving around. This will ensure a smooth reconnection to the network in their next classroom as well as ensuring no damage is to done to the Hard Drive.
BYOD students are not provided any type of cellular 3G or 4G connection and while at school they are not permitted to use any cellular connection to access the Internet.
The checklist below should be followed for each device that is to connect to the BYOD network prior to bringing the device to school.
- Completely shut down the laptop and restart it while connected to your network at home. This is to make sure the laptop has received and applied all updates.
- Ensure the account the student uses to log onto the laptop is an administrator account
- Time and date is correct
- An up to date anti-virus is installed.
Purchasing insurance is a personal choice – we highly recommend this. When purchasing your laptop please check your options to purchase accidental damage protection for your device. Ensure that this covers your device for accidental damage on and off the school campus. Fire, theft and Acts of God are usually not covered under these programs, but you can include it in your personal or home insurance. The insurance can be purchased with your computer vendor or any insurance company. All insurance claims must be settled between you and the insurance company.
We advise that all devices are covered by an extended warranty to last the student’s time at Woodcrest State College.
In consultation with the school community, we have conducted a review of the security Woodcrest will offer to the students that will be part of its BYOD. Security of devices during practical lessons and during lunch breaks will be offered to all students that are part of the BYOD at Woodcrest.
As a result, Woodcrest will be offering the following security for BYOD:
- Students that will be part of Industrial Tech classes and HPE classes will have a locker available to them (during the practical lessons only) to store their device.
- Lockers will be placed in specified areas that students can access before lunch breaks to store their laptop at lunchtime only.
- Students will be able to purchase a combination lock from the school if they wish to use these lockers. Only locks purchased from the school will be accepted.
Other items the school recommends parents/carers purchase
- Protective case.
- Pointing device (mouse or stylus).
- Onsite warranty (Next Business Day (NDB) Onsite Warranty is STRONGLY recommended).
- Accidental Damage Protection insurance (ADP) preferably from the manufacturer.