BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
With the demise of the Commonwealth Government instituted Digital Education Revolution funding, schools are examining ways of continuing the 2:1 computer to student ratio in Years 9 – 12. Many schools are looking at BYOD where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning.
Yankalilla Area School has benefited immensely through the DER funding with a resulting robust infrastructure that allows us to provide wireless connectivity to students on a range of portable devices to support their learning. With the lack of continuing funding however, there is a need to address the issue to ensure our students maintain step with the demands of the 21st century. In order to enable future-focused learning programs to continue to be implemented, the Yankalilla Area School Information Technology committees, in consultation with the Governing Council, are working to establish a BYOD program. This means that students from Year 6 up will eventually be able to bring a suitable portable device to school daily.
It is important that laptops brought by students are suitable for use at school. Please be aware that some older devices will not work on the school’s network, the minimum specification for devices to qualify for BYOD can be found here. Also note that as the school network is Microsoft based, its capability to connect with Apple devices has not yet been fully tested.
The program is currently available to students from years 10 to 12 and will be extended down to year 8 students early in the new term. Before a student is allowed to connect their device to the school's BYOD network, students must review the BYOD student policy then complete the BYOD student agreement with a parent or caregiver and return the agreement to school. Students will then be notified when they have approval to connect their device to the BYOD network.