BYOD Laptop Program

Throughout 2014/15 Findon High School has reviewed all ICT options extensively and has determined that our only reasonable course is to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative which is a strategy many schools across the world have been using for several years to meet the requirements of 21st Century learning. We believe this option will ensure that no Findon High School student will be disadvantaged.

Findon High School has made a major investment to develop a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) computer network across the school. The main focus of this development has been to enable students to bring their own computing mobile hardware and for them to have access to the school’s software and network storage from their own devices. This access enhances their work environment, access to required software and supports their learning. The VDI system is also accessible from home and elsewhere offsite, enabling students to conveniently use school software and storage.

The school has opted for a windows VDI environment, and this will offer the same set of applications to all ICT users in the school and at home. These programs will include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other applications yet to be determined by staff, in line with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum and the SACE Board.

Should parents decide to purchase a new device, our recommendations are that the device has these minimum specifications:

  • A 6 hour battery life
  • WiFi Network Access
  • At least a 10 inch screen
  • Keyboard (Bluetooth is suitable)
  • Touchscreen, a trackpad or mouse.

Findon High School cannot take responsibility for your child’s BYOD and you may like to consider insurance or a maintenance agreement when purchasing.

Some of the advantages of the BYOD program to your child are:

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, digital learning apps

Seamless integration between home and at school, leading to more consistent application to school work (assuming a suitable broadband connection at home)

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 wasted by booking or returning equipment.

Research suggests that when students have ownership of their devices, engagement in 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

We believe this BYOD and the VDI system is the best possible solution to maximising your child’s learning outcomes, as his/her device will be able to connect with the school network any time at home and at school.

It is anticipated that some students will already have their own devices, and we encourage these students to bring them to school for use in the BYOD program.

There will be a requirement for students to submit a completed BYOD user agreement, which will be signed by parents before they can be registered as users on the BYOD Network. It will be the students’ responsibility to use their personal device productively, therefore if there is any misuse or game playing there will be consequences in place.

Under the BYOD program, our ICT Office team will be available to help with network issues, but will not be dealing with issues that are specific to each device, as each BYOD program device remains the property of the students and their families. This is a contrast from the previous program, where the school retained ownership of laptops and was therefore responsible for their maintenance.

Should there be further enquiries you would like to make in regards to this new initiative please feel free to contact the ICT Team at the school and we will be happy to discuss any query with you. Our number is 8445 7944 and we can be contacted between 8.30am – 4.00pm on school days or email us at dl.0805.ictadmin@schools.sa.edu.au