Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to a technology model that allows students to bring their own devices to school for learning in the classroom.
Quarry Hill Primary School offers a BYOD program to all students in Grade 3-6.
This program is not compulsory, it is:
- Optional for students in Grade 3/4
- Highly recommended for students in Grade 5/6
The program has evolved over time at Quarry Hill Primary School since the Government funded program was introduced in 2009.
- 2009: Government funded 1:1 program introduced for students in Grade 5/6.
- 2012: Government removed funding for program.
- 2013: School covered costs of continuing program for students in Grade 5/6.
- 2016: The program was no longer sustainable for the school to cover the costs.
- It was costing QHPS $240+ over 2 years per computer, equating to around $18,000+ for the 1:1 school funded program.
- Technician time taken to maintain the 1:1 devices didn’t leave enough time to maintain the school systems. We purchased additional time from the technician to do this and this was also not financially sustainable.
- The number of breakages-warranty claims were increasing.
- 2017: Existing lease was continued for Grade 6 and BOYD introduced for year 3-5.
- 2018: BYOD offered to Grade 3-6 students.
- 2019: BYOD continued to be offered to students in Grade 3-6.
Education must move with the times. Bring Your Own Device helps to transform the classroom by creating new opportunities for learning. Other benefits include:
- The device is owned by the student/family and can be used when and how they choose in their home environment.
- The device and learning opportunities can be personalised to meet individual needs of the student.
- Students can continue to learn in the privacy of their own home.
- Increasing engagement in learning.
- Continued awareness of how to use such devices in today’s ever changing society.
- Technical issues may be solved more promptly.