Bring Your Own Device

This year as part of our strategy to develop innovative use of technology and support the teaching and learning process between home and school, we are implementing an OPTIONAL ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative. Burnside Primary School does not expect all children to take up this initiative. We trialled the initiative last year and due to the initiative’s success, we have decided to continue with the program into the future. An updated version of the BYOD policy is available upon request. We have also responded to a comprehensive list of questions that are frequently asked by parents. As this initiative progresses we will learn more about the implications of this policy and update information as appropriate.
‘Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning and to access the internet and/or school network by Wi-Fi, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device(s).’

BYOD at Burnside Primary School

In order for your child to bring their own device we ask that you talk with them about the user agreement and determine a process about how they can independently organise themselves so that their device(s) come to school fully charged and ready for learning each day. The school does not have the capacity to provide charging facilities should children not be prepared.
As this is a new initiative we would seek your feedback about any problems or concerns that you may have. Class teachers will provide further information about how these tools will benefit your child’s learning and provide you with access to online resources that can support the links between home and school.

Students are free to pursue their interest in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous.
In an effort to put students at the centre and empower them to take control of their own learning, Burnside Primary School will allow students to use personal technology devices.

Students wishing to participate must follow the responsibilities stated in the IT Equipment and Internet Use Policy, BYOD User Agreement and the following guidelines:

1. Any student who wishes to use a personally owned electronic device within Burnside Primary School must read and sign the User agreement and have a parent/caregiver to read and sign the agreement and submit it to the Assistant Principal.
2. The student takes full responsibility for his or her device. The school is not responsible for the security of the device but will provide a secure storage space for children to store their device(s).
3. The student is responsible for the proper care of his or her personal device, including any costs of repair, replacement or any modifications needed to use the device at school.
4. The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated school policies, administrative procedures, school rules or has engaged in other misconduct while using their personal device.
5. Violations of any school policies, administrative procedures or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action.
6. The student complies with teachers’ request to shut down the computer or close the screen.
7. Personal devices shall be charged prior to bringing it to school and shall be capable of running off its own battery while at school.
8. The student may not use the devices to record, transmit or post photos or video of a person or persons at school. Nor can any images or video recorded at school be transmitted or posted at any time without the express permission of a teacher.
9. During school hours the student should only use their device to access classroom related activities.