BYOD is not new at Caboolture CSHS. Since 2002, students have ‘brought their own device’ as part of the school’s LearnIT program.
From the commencement of the 2017 school year, the P&C of Caboolture SHS has approved the schoolwide implementation of a BYOD program.
To participate in the program, student-owned laptops will need to meet minimum specifications. These will be determined by the school as those required for a device to satisfactorily operate on our network and run the designated software. It is important that families read this information carefully before choosing a device for use in BYOD@CSHS.
The Benefits of BYOD Learning
- BYOD encourages independent learners as students have all the necessary tools and resources at home or at school. No “I left it at home (or school)”!
- BYOD learning offers relevant ways to support student learning that can be transferred to the workplace, including respectful, appropriate use of mobile devices
- BYOD learning is more portable, personal, collaborative, interactive, differentiated and contextual
- BYOD learning creates a stronger connection between school and home
- BYOD learners are often more engaged with their learning
BYOD students have a choice of three levels of participation
LearnIT is an Education Queensland Program of Excellence which operates from Years 7-10. Student participation is by application, interview and meeting the criteria of behaviour, effort, academic ability and keenness to learn through ICTs. The program offers a unique learning style and environment to suitable students.
Students in this program buy from a designated pool of laptops. These laptops are supported and serviced onsite at Caboolture State High School by school technicians and authorised repair agents who also, in cases of accidental damage, facilitate repairs and claims.
Entry to LearnIT is by invitation only. Contact email@example.com to request information about possible vacancies.
Post-LearnIT students in Year 11 and 12 who wish to continue using their LearnIT laptop:
- Complete BYOD participation agreement 2018-19 (PDF, 1.4MB).
- Once Year 10/11 programs are no longer needed, the laptop can be prepared for the next year and relevant subjects by school IT Support staff.
- Student will be invoiced $80pa.
BYOD 1 – supported option - Toshiba or HP devices
Caboolture SHS has service and support arrangements with both Toshiba and HP. Students who purchase through the designated Toshiba and HP vendors will receive onsite support with any repairs facilitated for families. Students can choose from a small number of devices, designed to suit EVERYDAY* or MEDIA* study needs.
Laptops should be ordered by the end of October to ensure students have their device by the start of the school year.
Contact Caboolture Computers in Term 4 on 54985430.
- Choose one of the models available through Toshiba (contact Caboolture Computers on 5498 5430) or HP (portal)
- Discuss options and EVERYDAY vs MEDIA* with vendors or school IT support staff if necessary
- Order laptop
- Complete Participation Agreement, pay school cashier $80 and present laptop to school IT Support staff for connection and support with software
BYOD 2- own option
Students can opt to bring and use other devices provided they meet minimum specifications. The school will assist in network connection and access to school software but will not be able to extend onsite support or service to hardware or operation issues.
If you wish to use a laptop you already own, we recommend that it not be older than two years and it will need to meet the minimum requirements as per the BYOD@CSHS Minimum Specifications (PDF, 270KB) list in order to connect to our network and satisfactorily run the required programs.
- Choose device.
- Present BYOD participation agreement 2018-19 (PDF, 1.4MB) and payment to cashier.
- Take stamped agreement and laptop to IT Department for installation of BYOD software and connection to network.
Participation in any of our BYOD options
Bringing to school and connecting to our network a privately-owned device comes with a range of roles and responsibilities. In addition to providing a device that meets minimum specifications, students participating in BYOD@CSHS will be expected to comply with the program’s Participation Agreement.
Everyday versus media
- For most students, the EVERYDAY device will meet school needs. Its specifications are sufficient for everyday programs such as MS Office, electronic textbooks, online programs and web browsing.
- An EVERYDAY device would be suitable for junior school
- Parents might like to consider an EVERYDAY device for junior years (7-9) and then weigh up student study interests for senior school and consider whether upgrading to a MEDIA device would be more appropriate or beneficial for their studies.
- For students with a strong interest and focus in media-based subjects such as Graphics, IT and Art, a MEDIA device will be more appropriate. Students will need Adobe software which is available through the school.
- NB Students of MEDIA subjects will have access to the necessary software on school computers, so students don't have to have their own laptop. However, it will be beneficial to their studies if they do.
Enquiries about our BYOD options are welcome at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07 54980111.