BYOD Device and Technology
Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses our classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices. This does not mean that it is the only tool that our students utilise. We believe strongly in the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy, of using pen and paper, and being able to learn how to use digital technologies responsibly in this ever changing world.
Digital citizenship is a key facet of learning at Scots It addresses the appropriate use of technology and the impacts of its use. A digital citizen is a person who obeys the legal rules about using digital technologies, and acts with respect and care for themselves, others and property. And in return, they expect the same respect to be shown to them. A good understanding and application of digital citizenship principles is critical in any environment where a student brings their own device (BYOD). All students sign a Digital Citizenship and Acceptable Usage Agreement as found below. We want all students to be constantly mindful of how the world will see you through your digital footprint and actions.
iPads are supplied to all students from Kinder to Year 4. In Years 5 and 6, students may choose to use either an iPad or a laptop that fits the requirements outlined below. Our experience is, while students may be familiar using an iPad at home, they may also like to transition to using a laptop during these years of schooling. Feel free to discuss these options with your classroom teacher.
As students progress through the Senior School, a laptop device is the most appropriate device for their work and learning needs. It is required that Senior School students have access to a laptop computer to support their learning at school. Students may use more than one device to support their learning. Compliance with the minimum requirements ensures that the device you select can connect through the school’s wireless network and that the device is suitable for researching and accessing information, collaborating and communicating with others and creating a wide range of products that demonstrate student learning.
Students in Years 5-12 bringing their own computing devices to school should ensure the device meets the specifications below which:
- identify the minimum system requirements/hardware specifications for student devices to ensure compatibility with the School’s internal infrastructure;
- offer guidance on some suggested makes and models so that parents are fully informed about requirements; and
- are regularly refreshed to reflect current hardware and availability.
We have deliberately avoided mandating one device or platform for all students. We are supporting students' readiness for work and learning environments that will require young people to develop flexibility and adaptability. Therefore, a platform-agnostic approach is more likely to develop the kinds of resourceful thinking that will enable them to make use of the continually evolving and changing
digital capabilities. While all devices identified below meet the minimum system requirements/hardware specifications, the school strongly recommends that students choose a device that best suits their learning needs and maximises their learning experiences.