Moreton Bay College's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Technology Program
After considerable consultation the College moved to a phased implementation of a BYOD model for student devices in 2016. Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to a technology model where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. We provide minimum specifications for either a Windows 10 laptop/tablet or a Mac OSX laptop for our secondary students and an iPad for our primary students.
This change was driven by several factors. We were increasingly receiving inquiries from parents and students as to whether they could swap their College provided laptop for a device of their own choice. An online survey to parents about our laptop program highlighted that there was considerable parental support for a move to a BYOD approach. Funding assistance associated with the Federal Government's Digital Education Revolution program, which saw the implementation of the 1-to-1 program across all Australian schools, ceased in 2013. Since then the financial burden of supporting our current 1-to-1 programs had fallen on the College.
Commencing with the 2016 Year 10 cohort, the roll out has been extended in 2017 to Years 4, 7, 10 and 11. In 2018 it will be further extended to include students in Years 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 (Year 3s may bring an iPad in 2018, but this is optional) and by 2019, all students in Years 3 to 12 will be using the BYOD model. The advantage of a BYOD strategy is that it enables students to personalise their learning and adapt technology to suit their individual learning styles, rather than working with a device that has been prescribed for them. Parents and students can choose the device (Windows or Apple) that they are comfortable using. Suggested device specifications are provided in the document below. For parents wishing to purchase Apple products, the College has entered into an agreement with Apple to join the Apple Family-funded program. Apple now offers special Mac and iPad pricing for students attending our school. This special pricing is available for purchases made at Apple Stores, via the Apple contact centre (call 133-622) or at the Apple online store.
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