In 2017, Parktone Primary began the 3rd phase of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device – Laptop) program.
This program allows students to bring their own devices to school for educational use in the classroom. The ICT philosophy at Parktone recognises that in the digital age, and with rapid and continuous changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use.
To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students at Parktone Primary will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school and at home.
Parktone Primary has prepared to meet the needs of all aspects of the program.
Phase 1 of the program began at the end of last year with an upgrade to our wireless network capabilities and servers.
Phase 2 involved meticulous research for selection of the ideal device for our teaching and learning needs. We timed the selection and purchase of 70 of the devices with the end of a lease program which will see 30 four-year-old computers replaced with the devices and provide our students, teachers and technicians an opportunity to test the full capabilities as well as discover any limitations to be overcome prior to commencement of the 3rd phase.
The following timeline has been determined for the full implementation of Phase 3.
The personal computing device that is brought to school must meet the specifications listed below in order to operate with our network: Operating system requirements: Windows 8 or higher Minimum screen size 11” 8 hour battery life Minimum 4gb RAM Physical connected keyboard (no wireless or Bluetooth) USB port.
These are the same requirements expected of parents from Parkdale Secondary College.
The device that Parktone Primary has sourced and purchased for our own use has superior specifications than the minimum required by Parkdale Secondary College. We are highly recommending the device (ACER SWITCH PRO 11) and future iterations of it as the preferred device for parents to purchase.
We have sourced the device from Centre COM which is a company that has provided Parktone’s parents with a portal to purchase the device and streamline the process of purchasing, distribution through the school, software instillation by the school, warranty and repairs.
At the moment Centre COM are prepared to offer to parents the same device that Parktone has purchased and is recommending, at the same prices that Parktone purchased 70 devices ($690 + GST), until stocks run out.
It is anticipated the next version (2017 model) of the same laptop will cost between $850 and $900. The next version will be lighter and have a camera on both sides of the device. It is our vision to significantly increase the number of devices available to our Prep to Grade 2 students and for every Grade 3 to 6 student to have their own digital learning tool.
At the moment there are only 5 devices per class which limits the range of online resources and software packages that can be used. Each class only has access to the computer lab once per week and if a class requires every student to have access to a computer at any other time the teacher is required to organise a time with three other classes when they are not using their devices so the students can borrow them.
By providing students with their own digital learning tools organisational limitations will be removed and our staff will have access to methods of teaching that not only engage learners but enhance the efficiency of learning.
Imagine a class in which at the push of a button:
- a teacher is able to ‘push’ the content from their own screen to all students screens
- a student can ‘push’ what they have been working on to the interactive television for all to see/edit/provide feedback
- a teacher can ask key questions and instead of getting just one answer via a ‘hand-up’, every child’s thought/answer can be given and a teacher will receive instant and sometimes graphed knowledge of what the students are understanding.
- Students can hear what they have written, say what they want to write and make real time edits
- Students can create mini-films and take still shots to capture moments of learning, thought and work they are proud of
- And so much more!
Our School Council has endorsed this program.
BYOD Frequently Asked Questions
BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement