What are the benefits of a BYOD Program?
Makes possible a 21st century classroom
Fosters student ownership of their own learning
Student real time access to information
Smooth transition between home and school
Provides easier student access to online instructional materials
Supplements school resources and equipment
What document governs the use of BYOD within Parkes High School?
Student participation in BYOD is governed by the DEC and PHS BYOD & internet policy documents. Parents and students are required to read the policies and accept the Student Agreement for student WiFi access at school.
How will my child be using their device during the school day?
Students will use their registered devices to complete in class activities, check their student portal, collaborate in real time, research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.
Students should only bring personal devices for a specific use in classes where the teacher has permitted them and for individual study purposes.
What about security/theft/damage?
Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. Parkes High School accepts no responsibility for the security or safety of the device. Students are responsible for the security of the device. Teachers and other staff will not store or hold onto devices. School technology support or teachers will not support, repair or troubleshoot student devices.
What is the policy on charging personally owned devices while at school?
It is recommended that personally owned devices come to school with a full charge. Students should be made aware that the school is not responsible to provide an opportunity or the necessary power to charge their device during the school day.
What apps/software will be used in the classroom?
Parkes High School does not provide or require apps or software for personally owned devices. Classroom lessons will be tailored for the technology that all students have access to. If possible, a student may choose to complete the same lesson on their personal device. The internet browser built into the personally owned devices can be used to access the Student portal and other relevant sites. It is recommended that the device has a word processing app such as word, pages, onenote and / or evernote.
What happens if the device breaks while in school?
The student will put the device away and take it home at the end of the school day where the student and parent can troubleshoot the device. Parkes High School has limited resources and cannot provide comprehensive support for the wide variety of devices allowed under this program.
Will the device be protected with Internet Content Filtering?
To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, Parkes High School's internet connection is protected by an internet content filter. Cellular data plans do not use PHS's internet connection and therefore do not use PHS's internet content filter. Students should only use the PHS WiFi internet connection with their BYOD device while on PHS property.