Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use a personally-owned device to support their learning.
In 2021, the expectation for students in years 3 – 12 is that they bring their own device that meets the required specifications. This ensures that students can access the resources and software used in class through the entire day and that learning between home and school is seamless for students.
Requirements - What do I need to do?
To participate in our BYOD Program, you must:
- have a suitable device that meets our minimum device specifications,
- install the required software and applications on this device,
- ensure your child’s device is connected to the school Wi-Fi network by following the BYOx Link instructions below before the device is used onsite at school,
- you and your child must sign and return the Student Learning Expectations and Participant's Agreement and return this to your class teacher in 2021,
- complete the Online Services Consent Form that will be emailed to parents after school resumes in 2021.
Minimum Device Specifications
To keep pace with changes in technology and teaching and learning, Stretton State College will update the BYOD technical specifications as required.
We believe in most circumstances that an iPad will last you for 4 years so if you have purchased a new ipad for BYOD in the last 4 years then there is no expectation for you to purchase a new iPad in 2021.
Minimum Device Specifications for 2021:
* Please ensure your iPad is updated to the latest iOS (currently 14.2 or above).
* Please note that iPad Minis are not suitable for use due to their small screen size.
For students in Year 6
Parents of students in Year 6 who are purchasing a new device in 2021 are strongly recommended to consider the Illaweena Campus device specifications. A laptop device may be used in Year 6 if this is bought in preparation for Secondary School.
iPad Release Timeline
Any full size iPad released from the iPad Air 2 (2014) and onwards is suitable for use at Stretton.
Which iPad model do I have?
Click here for instructions on how to identify your iPad model.
Software and Applications
Each year our app lists are updated. It is an expectation that all students in the BYOD program have the required apps installed on their device before the start of the school year. These cannot be provided by the school and must paid for and installed with your own Apple or Microsoft account. There is no need to pay for a Microsoft Office subscription as this is provided and can be activated with your child's email address and their school login / password. This can be done at school in class if the Microsoft apps are already installed.
If any software on the list changes or becomes unavailable over the holiday period then please ignore that particular app for now.
If your child is on an Individualised Curriculum Plan (ICP) then please do not purchase applications on the list with an asterix before them until you have consulted with your student’s case manager.
2021 Year 3 App List.pdf
2021 Year 4 App List.pdf
2021 Year 5 App List.pdf
2021 Year 6 App List.pdf
The following links contains videos on how to set up your child’s device for use with the college.
If you are unsure of your student’s email address or password, then please make contact with their class teacher.
IPAD - BYOxLink - How to guide - iOS - Enrol your BYO device into Intune
WINDOWS LAPTOP - BYOxLink - How to guide - Windows - Enrol your BYO device into Intune
APPLE LAPTOP - BYOxLink - How to Guide - MacOS - Enrol your BYO device Intune
BYOxLink - Parent Fact Sheet - How to get your childs device ready for school - V1.0.pdf
Student Learning Expectations and Participant's Agreement
The Student Learning Expectations are a student friendly version of the BYOD Handbook (available at the bottom of this page). Reviewing the Learning Expecations together with your child is a great way to ensure that that they understand how to use their device correctly and safely at school.
Please print, sign and return this to your child's classroom teacher.
2021 Gowan BYOD Learning Expectations and Participant's Agreement.pdf
Online Services Consent Form
The Online Service Risk Review is an online document that must be signed by parents to give permission for us to share student information with each of the third parties listed. We will always share as little information as we can, this may include: student name, student ID, age, year group, class teacher and student email. We use this permission to create accounts for or to allow students to create accounts for use with apps like Seesaw, Scratch etc.
You will receive an email with a unique link to this agreement early in Term 1.