BYOD FAQ

What is BYOD? 
BYOD is short for Bring Your Own Device, and is generally used in the context of students or employees bringing their own technology to their work, school or university. It also is known by BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) and BYOB (Bring Your Own Browser).

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING FOCUSED

Why use mobile devices over desktops?
Tablets, Ultrabook and Notebooks allow for portability and increased ease and speed of note-taking which increases engagement with online sources, and can be used to easily facilitate interpersonal learning opportunities. All of which can increase participation and motivation. They also allow students a measure of autonomy and control in their learning, which research has shown increases engagement (Hafen, 2011).

What level of support will my son receive specific to his device in the classroom.

Teachers will NOT be expected to be experts at multiple operating systems so the onus is on the student to develop a mastery of the device. Research has shown (Boud, D., Cohen, R., & Sampson, J. ,1999) that peer based learning between students is invaluable and indeed happens right now in classrooms.

Will students use a computer in every lesson?
No, technology will only be used when appropriate and enhances the curriculum. Technology is only one of many tools used in a modern pedagogy.

How will it be used in the classroom?
In a modern classroom, as the pedagogical focus moves from remembering content to creating content, technology can be used to allow students to creatively apply knowledge in the production of multimodal content, without the need to book a lab. Resource availability is no longer a limiting factor or impediment to pedagogical processes and ensures digital learning styles are no longer situational. Remembering, while still important, can be done at home and at the students own speed, this potential will increase overtime through increased digitisation of resources, and brave teachers exploring new delivery methods like flipped teaching.

Technology can also be used to accommodate individual learning styles with little extra effort on the teachers part, ensuring students can learn in a way that works for them. While techniques like audio video recordings and mind maps can be used to differentiate and scaffold content.

How can 1:1 access improve learning?
Technology can be used in the classroom to change the focus to the higher order activities like creating, evaluation and analyzing. Modern productivity tools allow student to create content much more readily, and the easy collaboration offered in Google docs can enable students to get peers analysing their content. By peer evaluating each other’s content can gain a deeper understanding of what they need to do when creating their own content. Technology can also be used to reduce the intrinsic cognitive load of content, by removing the requirement for remembering content in class before applying or creating content, by reducing this intrinsic load we are maximising the germane load and maximising learning potential. 

Will students become too dependant on computers? or Will students never use a book ?
No, technology will not supplant a well rounded education. Importantly the humble pencil is still part of the modern academic entry processes, and the college will ensure that students are well prepared for externally run exams like QCS and NAPLAN. Electronic devices are just another tool in the wide spectrum of tools used in classrooms.

What about handwriting?
Handwriting will have a place in the classroom, and remains important in the curriculum. It however will not be the sole way students can create content in a standard classroom.

What about learning to spell and use good grammar, when computers have all these automatic tools?
Research (Potter, R. Fuller D, 2008) has shown that critically using and applying spelling and grammar tools can increase student confidence and understanding of key grammatical concepts. Timely (instant) correction and feedback from a machine can build student self efficacy, an important objective in a positive education.

Students will play computer games instead going outside for recess?
As a college we don’t believe this will occur. The curricular activities are well supported by an extensive and vibrant extra-curricular program.

 

OPERATIONS FOCUSED

Will the college be offering a range of acceptable devices to leverage the purchasing power and educational pricing?
No.

Can devices purchased for BYOD be claimed as part of the Education Tax Refund?
Talk to your accountant.

Is the college organising any form of Pay As You Go, Lease or Hire purchase scheme?
No, however suppliers the college uses may offer such services. Note the college is not making any recommendation for these services.

Who is responsible for safe internet use at home or on 3G?
Parents or Guardians are responsible for any use of devices off the college network, this includes 3G devices that are brought to school.

Will students be safe carrying these devices?
There has been no reported cases of criminals specifically targeting of students since the DER introduced widespread device ownership amongst students.

Where do students store devices when not in use?
Every student will have access to a locker from 2014, students are to store their devices in lockers when not in use. Students are not to leave devices in lockers overnight. Guidelines for locker usage at Nudgee College are part of the College policy.

Who is responsible for device security?
You son is responsible for device security. Your son should store their device in their locker when not in use, and should never be left unsecured and unattended. You can get mobile devices/notebooks with biometric security and remote tracking capabilities. Talk to your insurer. 

What happens if it gets stolen from a locker?
The school provides no personal insurance for any belongings stored in lockers.

What happens if a locker gets flooded due to rain?
The school provides no personal insurance for any belongings stored in lockers.

Won’t students just play games? What are we doing to monitor student usage?
Students in classroom environments will be actively monitored as normal.

What if another student breaks my son's device?
Contact the student office for support.

How will parents be informed of process integrating the technology?
Through targeted letters, emails, newsletters and the portal.

Can a student use a 3G connection at school?
They can, but they do so under supervision of the person supplying the 3G connection.

 

TECHNOLOGY FOCUSED

What choices do I have for a device?
The currently proposed minimum form factor is a 17 cm diagonal device with enough battery to survive a day at school (around 5 hours) and at least a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software (being compatible with Google Apps fulfils this requirement). 

What software will the college provide?
Google Apps for Education, is a suite of collaboration and productivity tools including Email, Calendar, Drive (Cloud storage), Docs (Word processing, Spread sheeting and Presentation software).

Will students be required to purchase a specific set of software ?
No, Students are not widgets and don’t have to use the same tools and do things in the same way. When teachers work with students to understand learning goals, they challenge students to flexibly to meet those goals, which enables real learning to take place. Some individual subjects may recommend software, but where there is a hard requirement for a specific package that subject will have ready access to labs and machines.

WIll I have access to my files while “on the road”
While not actually part of the BYOD initiative, Google Apps offers a cloud based storage allowing students/staff to access files online anytime from any computer as long as there is a connection to the internet.

How are BYOD and moving to the cloud (Google apps) related?
Cloud services help to unite different devices and platforms, and can expand the storage capabilities of otherwise limited devices.

Can I access my son’s Google account?
It is coming in the short term using Hapara.

Who is responsible for warranty,insurance and repairs?
The school is not responsible for any warranties, insurance or repairs.

My son is a boarder, what happens if their device needs repairing?
The IT office will help in a basic non-intrusive way to do simple diagnosis before assisting the student to let parents know. The college has entered into an agreement with …...

Is there any college IT levy/charges?
No.

When will the school implement e-Textbook hire?
In part we are still waiting for publishers to catch up to schools.

Who is responsible for passwords on my son’s device?
Ultimately students and parents or Guardians. If your son forgets their password for their device you may have reset the entire device. We recommend creating an account on your son’s device so that if they change and or forget their password you can fix your son’s account. Some devices also come with a way to restore it to factory default and may require that a DVD or CD is burnt. If your son is a boarder we recommend that they bring this disc with them to school but store it separately to the device.

It should also be noted that some device for example Chromebooks do not have these issues.

What about viruses?
Parents and guardians are responsible to ensure their sons device has adequate virus protection if applicable (e.g. not required on an iPad or Chromebook).

Charging my battery?
It is an expectation students will bring their device fully charged, there will be some limited availability to power in classrooms. Repeated failure to come prepared may result in after hours opportunities for learning (also called academic detentions).

How do I print?
Assistance will provided and is platform dependant.

Is the college considering a sustainable curriculum and going paperless?
It is a long term strategic goal.

Will I have access to library resources online?
We will be implementing an e-book service in 2014, educational video and library services are already offered via the cloud based v-Library solution.

What level of support will be offered by the IT office for problems with BYOD devices?
Basic diagnosis will be offered by the IT Office, they will also help students and parents arrange repairs to be carried out by qualified external repairers. Note that you will be billed directly by these external services.

 

IDENTITY FOCUSED

What if I can’t afford a device?
The college will not be providing any devices for students. From 2014 it is an expectation that students bring their own device.

Why isn't a device included as part of my fees?
Because a 1 size fits all model does not work with technology. A student doing graphics has quite different computing requirements (ruggedness, CPU and graphics power and software) to a student doing construction and engineering. If we mandate a device or supply one, it will be cheap jack of all trades, master of none. Resulting in some parents still needing to buy their sons a device while others will have paid extra (through school fees) for a device that is beyond what was needed. 

My son is on fee relief, bursary or scholarship, will my son receive a device as part of that arrangement?
There is no special provision, it is expected students will bring their own device.

Won’t students bringing devices create a scenario of the “have’s” and “have not’s”?
A significant number of students already bring their own device, so that scenario if it is going to occur, will exist regardless of any BYOD policy. 

How does BYOD fit into Habits of Mind, and help create a mindful school?
Access to devices in every class, and students being the master of their own tools will enable students to actively engage in persistence, flexible thinking, creating, imagining and innovating. While use specifically of Google Docs, Blogs, Sites, Groups and Forums will develop interdependent thinking skills.

Why not mandate a device and a platform?
Mandated devices and platforms are hallmarks of an industrial education, where every student is considered to be the same, and the only outcome that matters is a degree. Nudgee celebrates student diversity in all aspects of life including learning styles and technology usage.

Won’t the fact that some parents can afford better, faster more expensive devices put my son at a disadvantage?
The college does not believe this will be any more of an issue than it is now.

What about the “specialist” subjects?
Labs will be maintained for subjects requiring special hardware or software e.g. Graphics, Accounting, ITS, Music and Art.

How will student ICT skills be developed across the curriculum?
The current year 8 subject TAC is being re-evaluated in the light of BYOD, AITSL and the Australian National Curriculum ICT General Capability.

 

STUDENT OFFICE FOCUSED

How are you ensuring safe internet usage for students at school?
Teachers actively supervise students in all aspects of college life, but on top of this we have Fortigate technology filtering content. Also, when they go home at the end of the day, many students will have unfiltered Internet access.  They need to learn what to do when they encounter spam messages or inappropriate content.  We are legally required to filter the Internet, but over-filtering gives students (and teachers) a false sense of security. We need to work with students to create responsible digital citizens and have necessary consequences in place when there are violations, just as is the case in real life. When we address the problem, rather than blame the tools, we move toward creating responsible  resilient students.