In 2016, Wellers Hill State School implemented a BYOD programme in the school. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their privately owned devices to access the departmental network and information systems in an educational setting.
After significant research and advice from both the market place and parents who are professionals in the field, the school decided to go down the path of introducing BYO iPads.
There are several reasons for selecting iPads over lap tops and other devices. The main reasons being:
- Cost of the device to parents.
- Technical support available through Apple.
- Availability of education apps available to be used on iPads that are either free or low cost.
- apple runs extensive programmes to support teachers, not just in the technical use of the iPads but in the pedagogical application within the classroom setting.
In Term 4 each year, meetings will be held with Year 3 parents to discuss the introduction of the programme. The school will also be providing important information through the newsletter, the Parent Rep Network, the school website and Facebook. We have developed a FAQ section in relation to the introduction of iPads on this web page.
Equity of access
We realise that there may be some families who may find it difficult to purchase iPads for the programme. While the school has limited ability to assist, we will provide support to parents who find themselves in this position.
Our programme will incorporate the use of the devices, the introduction of new interactive technology across the classrooms, the pedagogical development that will occur for teachers, as well as the HR aspects of staffing and consultation with parents and the P&C.
If parents have any questions regarding our BYOD program please do not hesitate to contact the school.