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BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

Bring Your Own Device

Cronulla South Public School has as an option a  BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program across Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes. Our vision is to encourage creative and innovative learning opportunities for students using BYOD as a tool to facilitate and maximise learning.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) refers to student's bringing a personal technology device to school to use for educational purposes under the direction of a teacher. For the purposes of BYOD, ‘device’ refers to a privately owned wireless laptop. This will also ease transitions into high school where students are required to bring their own laptop. Please Note: Cronulla South Public School has made the decision that mobile phones/smart phones/smart watches and tablets will not be accepted as stated in the attached Digital Devices Use in School Policy.

Students will be able to connect compatible devices to a filtered DoE internet service which will provide safe and secure internet access for students. 

There are many reasons to go BYOD at Cronulla South Public School. These include:

  • Increased access to online resources.

  • Increased access to develop the skills to use technology efficiently and effectively. 

  • More personalised and differentiated learning is available, eg. Using Google Classroom as a platform and a variety of apps to produce quality pieces of work, adjusted to individual learners’ needs. 

  • Allows students more control of their learning. 

  • Develops student organisation skills and sense of responsibility. 

  • Creates future focused learning environments that can increase student engagement. 

  • Eases transition to high school where students are required to use laptops more frequently.

Equity is integral to the BYOD initiative at Cronulla South Public School. This is an opt in program for students who are able to bring in a device. Bringing a device for BYOD is not compulsory and devices will be made available at school for students who are unable to provide their own. However, students will not be allowed to take the school devices home and this is where the advantage of having your own device comes in. BYOD also provides a level of responsibility to students and gives them the opportunity to look after a device and manage things like charging. The school will be providing help to parents on how to ensure that devices are kept safe as well as to ensure that the devices.

A video has been created for the 2021 school year to introduce and provide information to parents about the program.

The school has a Parent and Student User Agreement 2021 which together with its Digital Devices Use in School Policy provides information on how the program works.