Kandos High School

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Policy

NSW Department of Education BYOD Policy

The creation of a statewide BYOD Policy was necessitated after the completion of the Digital Education Revolution 1 to 1 Laptop Program. Linked below are the documents that have been created as a result of this focus.

Kandos High School BYOD Policy

All students in Years 7, 8, 11 and 12 are asked to bring their own computing device to school each day.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program follows the Digital Education Revolution program that ended in 2013.

 

BYOD Explained

  • BYOD is a development throughout all levels of education and the world of business.
  • BYOD is based on the idea of allowing for flexibility in people's choices about technology.
  • BYOD acknowledges that technology and the use of digital tools are increasingly important across all areas of the curriculum.
  • BYOD is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.

 

How will BYOD work?

In 2018, and beyond, students are asked to bring their own mobile electronic device to school every day. Students are free to bring any device that meets our device specification.

A BYOD contact will be available to answer questions and to give assistance, but the school does not manage, support, own or warrant the device - it's your choice and your device. For any further questions about BYOD, use our contact page to get in touch with the school.

Students will be required to sign a BYOD Student Agreement which summarises the requirements and responsibilities related to BYOD at Kandos High School.

 

About device security

The school does not own, support or warrant the device. Experience from the DER scheme indicates that students who took good care of their device and considered themselves the device's owner rarely had device security issues.

You are advised to consider insuring the device against loss or damage, particularly if it is of significant value since the school and the Department of Education does not accept liability for loss or damage to student devices. (from: Legal Issues Bulletin 8)

You might also consider using a device locator service. These services include the "Find my iPad" service built in to Apple iOS devices, "Prey" for Windows or "LoJack for Laptops".

Internet access on the device will be monitored while students are at school. As outlined in the Department's Online Communication Policy, students' emails are archived and their web browsing is logged. The records are kept for two years.

 

Choosing a device

Laptops, Chromebooks, Tablets are not all the same. They offer different types of software and have different functions. All can be used for:

  • note making, calculation, working with images audio and video.
  • accessing the Cloud and Cloud based applications available through Google Drive, Google Apps For Education and Microsoft 365.
  • accessing cloud based teaching and learning tools such as Google Classroom and Microsoft Office OneNote
  • accessing social media applications.

However, the Department of Education is able to provide copies of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Microsoft Office 365 at no cost to students. These only operate on laptops. With these applications available for free, Laptops are a far more economical BYOD solution than they would be if the applications had to be purchased at retail prices. As such, Kandos High School requires that students use a laptop as their device.

The Adobe application is currently available for download by students through their portal. Microsoft Office 365 is available from their student portal.

For more information about suitable devices, see our minimum device specifications.

 

BYOD Equity Policy

The Kandos High School BYOD Program can only function effectively if all students have access to a device that meets the Device Specification.

All BYOD programs involve a cost to users.

If you believe you are unable to provide a device that meets the specification, please make an appointment to speak with the Principal, so that your particular case can be discussed.

We also recognise that students may be temporarily without a laptop if it requires servicing or repairs. There are several options that the school may be able to explore including recurring loans of a laptop or other device. However, these options must be negotiated with the school ahead of time.

 

BYOD Values

Kandos High School has high expectations for the behaviour of our students. These expectations do not change because a student is interacting with others in an online space. Students will still be expected to display our core values of:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Positive Relationships

In addition, students should abide by the Department's Values in Public Schools.

 

Mobile and Electronic Device Agreement

  • Students are to use these devices responsibly at all times at school and follow the Department of Education Code of Conduct as well as be respectful and responsible learners at all times.
  • Students are required to follow the Department of Education Online Communication Policy.
  • Devices are to be on silent at all times during lessons unless teachers direct otherwise. They may be asked to close their laptop during a particular part of a lesson, or to turn their screen to face the teacher.
  • Use of devices during class time is solely at teacher discretion. Students must follow teachers’ instructions and not interrupt their own or others’ learning.
  • Teachers may choose to insist all students place their devices face down, or closed, on their desks.
  • Misuse of a device may result in disciplinary action.
  • No student is to record conversations or capture photographs, video or audio of others, including lessons, without the knowledge and permission of the teacher or those involved. Failing to adhere to this rule may result in suspension and the matter may be referred to police.
  • Devices must not be used to bully, intimidate, harass others through SMS or text messaging or through photographic, video or other data transfer system available on the device. Failing to adhere to this rule may result in suspension and the matter may be referred to police.
  • Devices must not be used to download or otherwise access inappropriate material on the internet such as child abuse or pornographic or other offensive material
  • Devices must not be used to film fights or other criminal behaviour involving students that occur at school, during school activities or while on the way to or from school.
  • Devices must not be used in a way that threatens or is likely to threaten the safety or wellbeing of any person or for any use that is in breach of any law.
  • Students who bring devices to school must take responsibility for them. Staff take no responsibility for such devices and it is not possible for them to carry out lengthy investigations if a device goes missing.
  • Students who persistently misuse a device may have their privilege of bringing it to school removed.

 

Inappropriate use of devices

Inappropriate use of a device includes:

  • using it in a way that disrupts or is likely to disrupt the learning environment or interfere with the operation of the school or institute
  • bullying, intimidating or otherwise harassing others through SMS or text messaging or through photographic, video or other data transfer system available on the phone
  • recording of conversations, including lessons, without the knowledge and permission of the teacher or those involved in the conversation
  • taking pictures of other people without their knowledge or consent
  • downloading or otherwise accessing inappropriate material on the internet such as child abuse or pornographic or other offensive material
  • filming of fights or other criminal behaviour involving students that occur at school or the institute, during school or institute activities or while on the way to or from school or the institute
  • using it in a way that threatens or is likely to threaten the safety or wellbeing of any person
  • use that is in breach of any law. (from: Legal Issues Bulletin 35)

Where a school has reasonable grounds to suspect that a device contains data which breaches the BYOD Student Agreement, the principal may confiscate the device for the purpose of confirming the existence of the material. Depending on the nature of the material involved, school disciplinary action may be appropriate or further action may be taken including referral to the police.

The consequences of any breaches of the school’s BYOD policy will be determined by the principal in accordance with relevant Department policies and procedures and accepted school practice.

 

Recording Video and Audio

  • Students must not take photos or make video or audio recordings of any individual or group without the express written permission of each individual (including parent/caregiver consent for minors) being recorded and the permission of an appropriate staff member