BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) / Information / Waitaki Boys' High School
Bring Your Own Device
Students are encouraged to bring an appropriate device to access learning resources, process information, organise resources and communicate with others. Pupils in year 9 are now required to attend class with a fully charged laptop. Pupils in year 9 unable to provide their own laptop may sign one out at the start of the school day then return it before leaving after period 5.
Many of our students are already using digital devices outside of school to communicate and learn. We are now making our school resources available so that the potential of those devices can be used to further enhance learning. Our core technologies including Office365 are now being used to share resources and provide feedback. OneNote is a powerful tool for students to record and organise their own material.
What types/models of devices can be brought.
The device must be internet capable and have the ability to create and edit common documents such as wordprocessed documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It should also have the ability to read ebooks and pdfs.
We recommend a laptop.The type of device that you consider will also relate to the type of subjects that your son studies particularly in the senior school. Device configurations change regularly, as do prices and there are a wide range of suitable devices.
Will the school be operating a purchasing programme?
If you are considering a device for purchase, we recommend that you view the specification of the device that is appropriate to you in terms of budget and power. You may wish to print off the specifications when you are comparing offerings from other resellers. Look particularly for lightness and good battery life.
Software for Student Devices
Office 365 and Microsoft Student Advantage
All students have been provided with an Office365 account, using their school email address.
This gives them access to Outlook Mail, One Drive for Business (25GB of cloud storage) and Microsoft Office ProPlus for PC or Mac.
- One Note is a particularly good application that is part of Microsoft Office for PC, and is free on iPads, Android and the Surface RT.
What if my son does not have a device?
We provide some ICT resources for students, particularly in specialist areas, but where a student has a suitable device and wishes to bring it to school, then they may do so
How regularly will my child use their computer in their classwork?
This will obviously differ from class to class and teacher to teacher. Some subjects lend themselves to using a computer more naturally than others.
Supporting BYOD infrastructure
We have sitewide wireless, high internet access speeds and a comprehensive firewall system to monitor and filter usage.
Student Device Care and Security
It is important that students take responsibility for their own equipment, naming their device, handling it carefully and storing it securely when not in use.
Care and Security of Personal Devices
Mis-handling portable devices is the largest cause of problems. Most devices will come with care guidelines which we advise users to read. The following are conditions that we recommend.
- Portable devices should be protected by a username and password. This should not be disclosed to other students.
- Always store the Portable Computers in the protective bag
- Avoid storing it at the bottom of your school bag – pressure from books can damage the screen and hinges
- Do not store anything additional to the Portable Computers within the Portable Computer’s sleeve (e.g. cords, papers or disks), as this may damage the screen
- Carry your Portable Computer within its protective cover inside your normal school bag. Do not overfill your school bag. (Pressure on the Portable Computer can cause permanent damage to the screen and other components)
- Never lift the Portable Computer by the screen. This will stress the hinge mechanism, which also carries the power supply to the screen.
- Never leave your Portable Computer in a car or in an exposed area where it can be stolen
- Never leave your Portable Computer in unsupervised areas during the school day.
Security of devices while at school
The security of a student owned device is the responsibility of the student.
Service and Support
We are unable to provide support for student owned devices although Mr Robinson is available in N4 at lunchtimes to provide advice.
Warranty and Insurance
Most machines come with a one year warranty although sometimes there are options to include a 3 year warranty. Warranties usually cover the laptop hardware for the period of the warranty but only one year on the power adapter and battery. Damage to devices are not covered under warranty. All insurance (theft and damage) should be covered by the owner of the device. Owners should check with their insurance company as to the cover that they have under existing policies – there are variations between companies.
Ensure that the virus protection on portable devices is kept up to date. Windows Defender is a good option and is included in the software when you purchase a laptop.
Saving and Backup
Students are responsible for their own backup of critical data at all times. We provide storage through our OneDrive accounts. Students may wish to set up alternative cloud storage accounts.
Keeping safe online
Students will often share concerns with each other online. It is important that they tell a teacher and/or parent/caregiver when they are feeling uncomfortable or threatened online. If you have any concerns about this agreement or internet safety contact the school or visit http://www.netsafe.org.nz