It is widely acknowledged that technology plays a huge role in students' everyday lives and should, therefore, be an integral part of their learning. For most schools, it is financially unsustainable to provide every student with state-of-the-art technology.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a cost-effective alternative; recognising that many students already own devices that are superior and more up-to-date than those available in schools.
This program is running in many schools across NSW, Australia and worldwide and is a component of Future Focused Learning.
At Bundanoon Public School students in Years 3-6 are encouraged to bring their own technology to school to assist with their classroom learning experiences.
It is essential that parents and students understand the following two key points to this program:
1. A computer device will not be mandatory for all students at Bundanoon Public School, it is a tool for students and teachers to utilise to assist with learning.
2. A computer device will not replace pens or books, as writing is a vital skill in brain development and fine motor skills in young children.
At Bundanoon Public School we are focused on how the device will enhance learning, rather than how to use the device. The school has purchased and installed an Arubra Wireless Network to support the infrastructure and access to the Department of Education (DoE) Wi-Fi network. Access to the Internet will be made available to students who BYOD for learning.
BYOD provides an effective process that allows schools and the DoE to efficiently incorporate devices into our digital learning environment while securing and protecting school and DoE infrastructure and data.
Students who choose to take up this opportunity are required to complete two forms. The student, parent/caregiver and teacher must sign a copy of both the BYOD Policy and the Student Agreement. These are available from your child's class teacher, or to download below.
BYOD Student Agreement (pdf 31 KB)
BYOD Policy (pdf 29 KB)
Technology and 21st Century Learning - "Engage Me" - A video by students from Robin Hood School in Birmingham.