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​​What is BYOD  and how does it work?


BYOD is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students  use their privately owned devices to access the network and information systems in an educational setting.


The schools wireless systems will be upgraded  to handle access from private devices. It will be managed via a ‘concierge’ system, which will allow private devices to connect to the school network and EQ filtered internet.​ 

Is buying a BYO device for my child compulsory?


No. It is not a prerequisite requirement for any of the subjects at school. Teachers will facilitate the use of BYOD devices in class,  but will not disallow the same level of educational instruction to those students who do not own a BYOD device.

That being said, access to their own personal laptop will be distinct advantage when completing assessment. 

Do I have to pay to use the BYOD network?

 As long as you have paid your students school fees or have organised  a payment plan for the school fees, your child will have access to the BYOD wireless network. Students are able to connect 3 devices under their logon.

Will computer rooms still exist with the BYOD program?

Computer rooms will still exist at Maleny State High School, but some rooms will be gradually returned to traditional teaching rooms. The computer rooms that will remain will be exclusively used for specialised computer subjects such as Graphics and Information Technology courses.

Do I need to buy AntiVirus software for my device?

Yes. It is a requirement that you have Antivirus software installed on your personal device. This will be checked prior to connecting to the network. Click here for a discounted version of Norton Internet Security.

What brand and specifications does the school recommend?

As a government school, we are unable to recommend a particular brand or computer vendor.

As for specifications, it is a personal choice. 

However, there is a minimum hardware requirement that the device must meet. This is outlined in our BYOD Charter. The laptop or tablet must be able to wirelessly connect to the school network and must be able to access the internet and run basic programs like the Microsoft Office Suite. It is also suggested that you consider a device with good battery life (minimum of 5 hours usage time). Also consider after sales support and warranty options when choosing your device.

Most computer vendors on the Sunshine Coast are aware of the BYOD program and can make recommendations for you based on your own personal needs and budget.​

How do I sign up to the BYO Program and when can I bring my device to school?


Please refer to this webpage.

Is the school able to fix faults that the BYO device may develop?


No. The technicians at school are only able to provided assistance in troubleshooting connection issues to the school network. All other hardware or software faults must be handled by the manufacturer or computer vendor.


Can my child charge their device at school?


No. Students are unable to charge their device at school. Students must ensure that they charge their device at home and use the device responsibly to ensure it lasts a full school day. This is non-negotiable.


Will Apple products work with the school network?


Yes. Apple laptops will be able to connect to the wifi network. However Apple laptops will not be able to access the full functionality of the network. Please refer to page 5 of the BYO Charter for more information.

What operating systems will not work with the school network?

Linux operating systems, Google Chrome OS, windows mobile and Windows 10S will not work with ou BYOD wireless systems.

Can students use their devices in the lunch areas or outside classrooms during breaks?


We advise that students don’t use their devices in outside lunch areas during both first and second lunch. If students wish to conduct school work on their devices during this time, they should use the tables in the Resource Centre during 2nd Break. Using laptops outside during the busy periods of morning tea and lunch increases the chance of battery drain, accidental damage and lost property.

My device has been damaged at school. Who pays for it and what is the process?


The owner of the device looks after the device. The school will assist in school based consequence for students who have intentionally damaged other students property as per school rules and policy. All repairs or replacement of device is the responsibility of the device owner. The BYOD Charter suggests investigating some form of insurance for the device.​