Mudgee High School

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What is BYOD?
BYOD is a program whereby students will be able to bring a familiar personal device to school to use as their primary technological device. The school can provide the ability to connect compatible devices to a filtered internet service.


What will be provided by the school?
The school will provide access to a filtered Wi-Fi internet service. No other support, software or service will be provided by the school. 


Who pays for the technology brought to school?
These devices will be purchased by and remain the property of the student/ family.


What types of computing devices may my child bring to school?
Students may bring devices such as laptops, netbooks, and tablets. Please be aware devices that such as Nintendo DS's and Sony PSPs are considered gaming devices and are not part of the BYOD program. Phones are also not considered an acceptable device.


Will there be a permission form that needs to be signed before a student brings their own device to school?
Yes. Parents will need to sign the BYOD agreement before students can use the device within the school.

 

How will theft, loss, or damage of a personally owned device be handled in a school?
The guidelines for the BYOD program specifically address the risk of students bringing their own devices to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged devices.

 

Will I need to have Internet access at home?
No. It would be helpful, however, to have some form of Internet access (wired or wireless) in order for a child to make full use of school resources from home, as well the multitude of resources available on the World Wide Web. Internet access is, however, not required in order for a child to use a personal computing device at school. In addition, there are many providers of free Wi-Fi in the community (such as the public library) that students could use to access the internet outside of school hours. Please be aware that these connections do not provide access to a filtered internet experience as provided by the school's network.

 

Will the wireless access be filtered?
The wireless Internet access available to students within the school will be filtered in the same way that access is managed at present. If students connect using their 3G or 4G connection, then this will bypass the filtering.

 

Will there be technical assistance provided to access the wireless network or to assist with the use of BYOD devices?
Since there are literally hundreds of devices that could be brought to school as part of the BYOD program, there will be limited technical assistance provided other than providing the name of the wireless connection. Students will be expected to learn how to connect their devices to a wireless network.

 

Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?
Students are not allowed to charge devices at school for health and safety reasons and availability of charging points.


Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
Students can only make recordings with specific teacher permission.

 

Can teachers require students to bring their own devices?
No. Students are not required to participate in the BYOD program. However, the use of technology in some lessons may optimise learning outcomes.


Does the school provide Insurance for damage, loss or theft?
No. This is the responsibility of the device owner.


Can students use another student's device?
Because of the inherent nature of personally owned devices, devices should only be used by the owner of the device.


How will students be able to print?
Students will not have the ability to print from their devices at school.


Have teachers been trained to work in a BYOD environment?
Teachers will have access to support resources to assist with the implementation of a BYOD program in their classroom.


Is the use of 3G, 4G allowed within the school day?
The BYOD policy only covers the connection of devices to the school Wi-Fi.  It must be reinforced that if students use their 3G or 4G connection, they will not receive filtered access to the internet.


As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device etc.) to my child's technology tool?
Yes. All applicable devices that connect to the internet will need to have antivirus software installed.

 

How will these devices be used in the classroom?
Students will use their devices for a variety of activities which will vary from class to class. Activities may include (but are not limited to): complete in class activities, collaboration in real time, research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments and, record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.


I don't have an electronic communication device that my child can bring to school. Will my child be penalised or miss out on instruction?
No, it is not mandatory for students to bring a device, even if they do own one.

 

Where can I find information about how to protect my child online?

Visit ThinkUKnow.org.au.