Technology and the use of digital tools are increasingly important across all areas of the curriculum. There are a few models of BYOD (bring your own device) that North Sydney Boys has chosen after working with parents in the P&C, students, and staff. Students at North Sydney Boys will be required to bring a mobile computing device to school every day, except on a sport Wednesday.
The technology policy regarding BYOD for 2017 has been designed to give freedom for students and parents to make technology choices that suit your circumstances.
How does it work?
We recommend a range of devices, however students may bring any device that meets our device specifications and is able to work with the NSBHS wireless infrastructure.
The devices must have software to allow the students to fully participate in class activities. Though the school will be able to give students basic assistance, the device is still your own and it is the student's responsibility to keep it secure and functional.
Parents and students will be required to sign a user charter that sets out how the device can be used at school.
What devices can students bring: Preferred Vendor Devices
The school has negotiated with HP an JB Hi-Fi to offer mobile devices to parents.
These vendors/products have been selected by the school based on the following criteria:
Preferred Vendor Web Portals
Devices can be purchased through the link below. HP and JB Hi-Fi are the companies that will be offering BYOD products through a parent portal:
JB Hi-Fi: https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod
(The access code has been provided on Orientation Day for new students entering the school in 2017. For existing students the code has been emailed to parents.)
What devices can students bring: Bring Your Own Device
Families may already own devices or may choose to pay less for a mobile device.
Devices need to meet recommended specifications. If they do not meet the specifications below, devices will not function/or be suitable for our environment
Minimum specifications include:
It may also be important to consider the following when choosing a device.
Keeping my device secure
Past experience has demonstrated that students are generally capable of keeping their devices secure. However there are many anti-virus software options available, such as Windows Defender, if this is a concern.
You are advised to consider insuring the device against loss or damage, particularly if it is of significant value since the school and the Department of Education does not accept liability for loss or damage to student devices.