2016 will see the final implementation of BYOD at St Paul’s College. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a necessary shift in the way we deliver the curriculum to our students as we aim to nurture and accommodate the skills and practices significant for 21st Century learners.
Over the last 18 months, we have been preparing staff and students for this change, which will be compulsory in years 7 – 10 in 2016. Many of our year 11 - 12 2016 students already have a device and are encouraged to use them in their learning, but given the lifespan of a new device is approximately 3 years, we believe it is unfair to mandate their device choice given they may not use the device after their time at St Paul’s. Information about device requirements as well as our Responsible User Policy have been available on our website for quite some time. Teachers have been trialling various ICT strategies and platforms in their classrooms with great success and engagement with students.
Evidence suggests that the benefits of integrating personal devices into learning include independence and greater critical thinking skills and improved student engagement. Benefits of the BOYD program, which involves our Cyber Safety Programs and Students' ICT Committee, also include responsible productive use of technology to which we are committed.
Platforms which will be used include Moodle, our school intranet site, Edmodo, One Drive, and various social media applications. Moodle is used to enable students to access content digitally, including course materials, assessments and school emails at any time from their personal devices. Teachers are increasingly using this as a means to deliver content and instruction for their classes, submission of assessment and teacher feedback to students.
The St Paul’s College wireless network operates on the 802.11n/a 5Ghz standard. When purchasing a device ensure that it is able to connect to a 5Ghz wireless network. You may see these advertised as “Dual Band Wireless”, “802.11abgn”, “802.11agn”, “802.11ac” or “Gigabit Wireless”. Devices with 2.4Ghz only wireless capabilities will not be able to connect to the college network.
Devices need to last the whole school day – look for a device with a battery life of at least 6 hours.
All devices must be equipped with a physical keyboard.
To ensure the greatest amount of compatibility we recommend the current or previous operating system applicable for your device. Eg; Windows 10 or 8, MacOS 10.9 or 10.8
In order to ensure the device is usable for a variety of purposes we have set a minimum screen size of 10 inches (Full size iPADs are accepted at 9.7 inches).
Your device must have antivirus installed. Free antivirus can be obtained for most devices in your family from Sophos
For Notebook-style devices a minimum of 128 GB of storage is recommended. Solid-State Drives (SSD for short) provide increased device performance and better storage security and should be considered although are optional. For Tablet-style devices 32 GB or more is recommended. Storage will be of greater importance to you if you have limited internet connectivity at your home. External storage can also supplement any storage the device has.
One of the main determinants of the speed of a device is the amount of memory it has. We recommend at least 4GB RAM for notebooklaptop style devices.
The device needs to be light enough to enable your child to easily transport it from class to class.
Devices with the ability to use a stylus on screen would assist in taking notes and annotating.
Consider purchasing extra warranty to reduce future repair costs. We recommend that your warranty should cover the length of time you anticipate to use the device at school. We recommend 3 years.
Devices can become lost or broken at school. Make sure your policy covers accidental damage while in transit and while at school