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 handles 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.​ 

How are BYODs used by students?

BYOD devices are used exclusively for educational purposes. This is outlined in the BYOD Charter and also the ICT Responsible Use Policy. While it is a personal device, students are instructed to only use it for educational purposes while at school and during lunch hours. Any inappropriate usage will be handled via normal teacher behaviour management strategies. Any violation of the ICT Responsible Use Policy and Responsible Behaviour Plan for students.

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?

Yes. Starting from 2020, a BYOD fee of $25 will apply separately from the Student Resource Scheme. This applies to new and exisiting BYOD users. When you sign up for the BYOD program (included in Enrolment Packages) you will be invoiced $25. This covers the licencing costs for the BYOD onboarding system. This invoice needs to be paid in full prior to commencing the onboarding process. 

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 predominantly used for specialised computer subjects such as Graphics, Media Studies, Business and Information Technology courses.

What brand and specifications does the school recommend?

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

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. 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.

Can I connect Android or Ipad devices?

Devices based on Android software will not be connected to our network as they are not supported. We advise against using Ipads at school as their constantly updating operating system doesn't allow for stable and consistent internet connection. Students with Ipads spend more time troubleshoothing connection issues then using the device in class. A new onboarding system will be available soon that might alleivate these issues. Ipads also fail to meet some of the minimum hardware requirements for our BYOD network.  For ease of use and access, we highly recommend windows 10 devices.

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 Laptops 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. The printing capabilities from an Apple device are limited, which will require students to access a school computer to complete complex printing jobs.

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. Ipad OS is also problematic. 

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.​ 

Last reviewed 18 June 2020
Last updated 18 June 2020