Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in 2015

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in 2015
Mordialloc College aims to connect our students with vibrant and engaging learning communities that extend beyond the classroom and help develop our students as resilient and innovative learners. We recognise that our students are immersed in a technology rich world and aim to guide them to become flexible, efficient, conscientious, creative, safe and responsible digital citizens. As part of these endeavours, we have been actively increasing the role of technology in our teaching in recent years, adopting new online systems and using government support to increase students’ access to technology and digital resources.
As most parents will be aware, the main funding for this growth, the Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution (DER) program came to a close in mid-2013. Through its main component, the National Secondary Schools Computer Fund (NSSCF), Mordialloc College was able to initiate a College-owned 1:1 netbook program in the Senior School, create greater access to technology for Middle-School students and develop robust technological infrastructure for the entire College.
In response to the ending of these programs, Mordialloc College is adopting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This would require students in specific year levels to bring their own personal digital learning device (laptop or tablet computer) to school on a daily basis. We have already initiated a BYOD-iPad program in Year 7 in 2014, which will progress until students complete Year 9 and will supplement our current 1:1 Netbook program in the Senior School with a BYOD policy.
As of 2015, students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be encouraged to bring their own devices (laptops, netbooks or tablets). Ideally, we would prefer all students to bring their own devices to provide an authentic and rich as possible learning. We do recognise that, like uniforms, supplies and extracurricular activities, a laptop/tablet computer for student use represents a significant investment for families. If a student were unable to bring
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their own device, we would require the student to participates in the College’s 1:1 Netbook Program.
An information evening will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 18th November in the Learning Centre to explain the requirements and conditions of the BYOD and 1:1 Netbook programs. All students wishing to bring their own device or participate in the College’s 1:1 Netbook Program are required to attend and will receive the relevant user agreements on the night.

Josh Flood
Director of eLearning