Planned Implementation of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Technology Program
After considerable consultation the College will move to a phased implementation of a BYOD model for student devices at Moreton Bay College. 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 will be providing minimum specifications for either a Windows 8/10 laptop/tablet or a Mac OSX laptop.
This change has been driven by several factors. We are increasingly receiving inquiries from parents and students as to whether they can swap their College provided laptop for a device of their own choice. A recent survey to parents about our laptop program highlighted that there is 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 current 1-to-1 program across all Australian schools, ceased in 2013. Since then the financial burden of supporting our current 1-to-1 programs has fallen on the College.
Commencing with the 2016 Year 10 cohort, the roll out will be extended in 2017 to Years 4, 7, 10 and 11. By 2019, all students in Years 4 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 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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