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Pendle Hill High School

Pendle Hill High School

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Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring your own device (BYOD) is an initiative designed to incorporate technology into the classroom. Pendle Hill High School uses BYOD as a way to enhance student learning.

BYOD policies and expectations

  • You buy a suitable technology device that is compatible with the school’s minimum requirements for educational use.

  • You own the device, usually a laptop. Students bring the device to use at school at their own risk.

  • The school is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to the device or the data stored on the device. The school does not provide any technical support for the device.

  • Parents need to consider whether the device needs to be insured.

  • Students are responsible for care of the device at school, for securely backing up all data and bringing their device to school fully charged.

  • Students and parents will be asked to sign a BYOD user charter setting out the Department of Education's Online Communication Services: Acceptable usage for school students policy.

  • While at school, all material on the device is subject to review by school staff.

  • Standard school discipline procedures will apply for any misuse of the device contrary to the Department of Education’s user charter and school rules.

  • Students are not to use their device to access any social media while at school.

  • Students only use their device as directed by their teacher, for educational purposes.

  • Students will still be expected to bring writing materials to school each day for use in most lessons (pens, writing books and so on).

  • Access to loan devices and access to laptops, desktop computers and Chromebooks are available within the school for students without their own device.

Acceptable devices

Our school recommends that students choose a laptop device with a minimum 10-inch screen, at least one USB port and an external peripheral keyboard to ensure that their BYOD maximises their learning opportunities. A Chromebook, Windows tablet/laptop or iPad would be suitable.

The BYOD device must be able to

  • read Adobe Acrobat files
  • browse the internet
  • perform basic note taking or word processing with a keyboard function
  • store documents and files
  • provide a minimum 4 hours of battery life
  • provide up-to-date antivirus protection (iPads and Chromebooks do not need this)
  • provide a minimum of 2GB RAM
  • provide word processing, spreadsheet and presentation functions

Please note: Students are not permitted to use any form of smartphone as their BYOD device.

Devices and the school wireless network

The Department of Education wireless network installed in all high schools only operates on the 802.11n 5GHz standard. Devices with 802.11a/b/g or 802.11n 2.4 GHz only will not be able to connect to the school wireless network.

Ask this question before you buy a device for BYOD: 'The NSW Department of Education has a 5GHz (n) wireless network that uses a full range of channels. Will this device connect on all channels in the 5GHz range?’ 

Do not purchase a device for BYOD unless the answer to this question is yes.