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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students or staff use their personally-owned device to access the department's information and communication (ICT) network.

Access to the department's ICT network is provided only if the device meets the department's security requirements which, at a minimum, requires that anti-virus software has been installed, is running and is kept updated on the device.

At Kirwan State High School the BYOD initiative will allow students to bring their own device to school and access the schools information technology resources. This will allow students to use the same device at home and at school. Although it is not for everyone, there are many advantages to a BYOx program, including:

  • Students will have increased access to the school's network, the internet and specialty software for enhanced learning.
  • Greater continuity between learning at school and at home.
  • Development of critical IT and 21st Century Skills.
  • School based support to connect to the network and access to free software through Education Queensland.

The BYOD program at Kirwan State High School is designed to provide students with a safe environment that will allow them to engage with the curriculum and the school community in a respectful way. Students will be able to bring a supported device to school and connect to the Kirwan State High School network. The school network will provide access to curriculum resources, the internet, email and more.

Supported Devices

The school is allowing students to bring any device as long as it meets the requirements below. The listed requirements will allow the student to connect to the school network wirelessly and gain access to school resources.

Supported Systems ​ ​
Operating SystemVersionHardware
Apple1macOS 10.12+MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
Apple 2iOS 11+iPad or iPad Pro
Windows 10310 (1803 - April 2018 Update or above) 
Laptop or Tablet

1 For Apple Laptops newer then 2014 should be compatible with the school network.
2 Apple iPads should be a minimum size of a 32GB and have a strong case that protects the iPad from damage and a keyboard.

3 For Windows based devices you are required to have a minimum of 4GB RAM. It is also recommended these devices have a processor of at least Intel i3 (or equivalent). All devices require at least 80GB of free Hard Drive space. If subjects are being completed such as Graphics, Art, Design; higher specifications are recommended such as 8GB RAM and a processor of at least Intel i5 (or equivalent).

Software

Students are expected to have the Microsoft Office suite of programs. This is freely available to all Education Queensland students for PCs and Macs by following the instructions. The devices will also need to have an antivirus software installed and for it to be kept updated. Students are also expected to have an internet browsing program such as Internet Explorer or Safari.

Some subject specific software may have higher specific hardware requirements. The school has devices capable of supporting this software that are available for use where a student's device cannot support this software.

Cost

There will be no cost apart from students providing their own device. An induction will occur when students are granted permission to join the program. If a student's device requires further support there may be charges incurred but only after a parent's authorisation has been received.

Contact

If you are interested in participating in the BYOD program, or have further questions about the program, please contact the Head of Department of IT Tim Villalba on (07) 4773 8174 or by email at tvill4@eq.edu.au.

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Last reviewed 30 July 2019
Last updated 30 July 2019