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Advice for parents - BYOD

​​Advice for parents

All students now participate in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)​ program where they bring a personally owned device to school to assist with their learning.
 
 
BYOD devices selected for each of the year levels are as follows:
 
  • Years 7, 8, 9: iPad
  • Years 10, 11, 12: laptop/tablet
 
Download the specification sheet to assist with your purchase decision. Ideally, the device should also be covered by an extended warranty and accidental damage insurance.​
 
The school has discontinued the technology procurement program and no longer offers parents the option to purchase new devices through the school.

BYOD device choices, warranty and insurance

With the BYOD program students have more choice in the technology they use to conduct their learning. They take it home with them and can personalise the settings on their device to suit their learning style and individual needs.
 
Parents can choose from the wide range of devices offered in the retail market place. For senior students we recommend a touch screen with a pointing device such as a mouse or stylus. Touch screens are more responsive and interactive with the latest operating systems and programs but in some cases you can't get fine enough positioning with finger touch. A mouse or stylus assists in such cases when working with images, graphics and other finely detailed work. Check the current specification sheet for details.

Many devices now come with Bluetooth capacity, so a Bluetooth pointing device will save you using up one of the USB ports.
 
Computers are complex technical devices and they do break down and can be damaged, especially in the hands of teenagers. It is vital therefore to ensure a fast turnaround for repairs when the need arises.
 
We highly recommend adding ADP (accidental damage protection) insurance and NBD (next business day) on-site warranty. You may also have the option of adding the device to your home and contents insurance policy but be sure that it covers the device 24/7 and while away from your home.
 

At the very least, we recommend a return-to-store, 3 year warranty on any new technology purchase.

If you purchase an on-site warranty we have capacity in our IT Service Centre to accommodate repair agents to attend to the repairs of your student's device.

BYOD device specifications

Download the specification sheet for help when selecting a device for your student.

School IT Support and the BYOD program

An integral part of the BYOD program is the onsite support offered by the school IT support team. School technicians will perform standard checks and tests on BYOD equipment including logging jobs for machines covered by an on-site warranty. This may depend on vendor warranty terms and conditions but the team will help in any way they can.
 
It may become necessary for students to restore their device using recovery software supplied in the box or by following another reset procedure. In these cases students will need to take the device home and follow the recovery instructions provided by the vendor. Our school technical support team will be able to assist with minor problems and offer advice where more extensive repairs or work is required.

Why BYOD?

The reality is that online tools and resources have changed the educational landscape. Students can now carry with them, and have available at their fingertips, almost unlimited access to multimedia content, reference material, online experts and collaborative spaces. 
 
Google, Wikipedia, the iPod, 3G mobile phones, Facebook and YouTube were all launched during the lifetime of most of our students. They have never known a world without these devices, other remarkable developments and a high speed internet.
 
Laptops and handheld devices have become very affordable and provide students with 24/7 access to a vast network of information. Portable devices have very much become part of students' lives and are integral to the world in which they live. It is therefore highly desirable that they should also be integral to their learning.
 
Technology fosters enhanced student engagement and BYOD leads to a higher level of student familiarity with devices. Our teachers encourage the integrated use of a range of devices across the different year levels and as we move towards a more open BYOD model, we'll be able to accommodate a wider range of devices.
 
Browse through the other pages in the Computers and Technology​ section to find out more about technology at Southport.