TechnologyICT & BYOD
mount compass area school
Bring your own device information
In response to the end of Federal Governments Digital Education Revolution (DER) funding for laptops, Mount Compass Area School is adopting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in 2016 for students in years 7 – 12.
This page provides information for parents, carers and students on minimum standards for devices, MCAS policy, purchasing options and support resources.
What is BYOD?
Under the MCAS model, students are permitted to bring devices that can connect to the school’s WiFi and meet the requirements outlined in the Mount Compass Specifications document. We have chosen this model, as we believe it is the most flexible and economic for our community.
Many schools across the world have been using this strategy for several years to meet the requirements of 21st Century learning.
BYOD is designed to give you, as families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances, rather than being locked into one form of technology.
Why have BYOD?
MCAS wants to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by the ending of the DER Laptop Program. Accordingly MCAS has extensively reviewed all options and determined that our only reasonable course is to introduce a BYOD policy.
MCAS values the rich learning experiences that come with integrated interactions with technology. MCAS also recognises the need to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, where technology plays a large role in our personal, social and professional lives. Our findings from student consultations have revealed that our students want to have access to devices available to support learning activities in the classroom.
Many students have access to electronic devices that could be used to enhance their learning. BYOD enables students to bring these devices to school and use them in the classroom.
Opportunities for Learning
The School’s BYOD policy means that students bring their own school approved computing device to all of their classes. In implementing its BYOD policy, MCAS empowers its students and gives them direct involvement in the way they use technology in their learning.
- The technology is available to the student all day at school, so learning is not limited by availability of high demand school resources.
- Devices can be smaller, more convenient to carry and are generally more easily accessible.
- Provides consistent and more up-to-date access to ICT, allowing students to view e-textbooks, videos, educational apps, online research and digital learning apps.
- Seamless integration between home and school, leading to more consistent application to learning.
- Students have complete control of their own devices and are not obliged to return them at the end of a lesson or a day, thus reducing time spent booking out or returning equipment.
- Research suggests that when students have ownership of their devices, engagement in the learning increases, ICT skills improve and students become more versatile in the way they demonstrate their learning outcomes.
- Students can become more autonomous learners, improving their self-reliance and resilience, which provides a more solid grounding for higher learning and employment.
It is vital that students have the capacity to learn with technology. It allows all teachers and students to have access to world-class digital content with which to create, communicate and collaborate locally and globally. Learning is engaging, personalised and authentic to enable students to become confident, creative, active and informed citizens of the twenty-first century.
Why doesn't school provide devices?
The DER laptop program has led to enhanced access to computers and the internet for students and teachers, plus the movement of teaching practice towards the skills of the 21st century, greater access for students to global information resources and tools and improved motivation and engagement of students (source: The 2010-2012 evaluation of DER-NSW by the University of Wollongong).
With funding for the Digital Education Revolution (DER) program by the Australian Government ending in 2014, Mount Compass Area School is adopting a BYOD policy for students. This is because the technological requirements of schools now means that it is not feasible for schools to purchase and maintain a large and ever increasing amount of devices. Some schools substantially increase their fees to purchase and maintain school technology. MCAS has chosen to avoid large increases in fees as we recognise that many families already own devices which are currently used by students at school and/or at home.
What will MCAS provide?
MCAS will provide the ability to connect compatible devices to a filtered Internet service. Existing DER laptops will continue to be available, however the equipment offered will need to be shared amongst a number of classes.
MCAS has invested $50,000 upgrading outdated servers in 2015 and a further $50,000 in 2016 to upgrade the infrastructure to make sure the wireless network could cope with the increase in numbers of devices coming into the school.
Does MCAS provide any payment plan options for purchasing a device?
To support parents who wish to purchase a new computing device for their child, MCAS has brokered an agreement with Learning With Technologies (LWT).The devices offered by LWT meet the MCAS BYOD minimum standards. The devices can be viewed at http://mcas.orderportal.com.au
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to shop around to get the best deal they can on a suitable device.
What happens if we can’t afford for my child to have his/her own device?
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ICT Links and Policy Documents
BYOD User Agreement
ICT User Agreement
(Information/Form, PDF 233KB)
Electronic Communication Policy