St Columba's College employs a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for the benefit of student learning. By facilitating BYOD, the College empowers its students and gives them direct involvement in the way they use technology in their learning.
In 2018, we expect students in Years 9 to 12 to bring to school a device that meets the following minimum requirements:
• Wireless network connection 802.11n or later
• Camera (capture photo and video)
• Microphone (capture audio)
• Web browser
• Ability to make notes and/or create documents
Tablet or Mobile devices:
- Android OS: 7.1.2 (Nougat) or later
- iOS: iOS 10 or later
Devices need to be appropriate for a range of tasks and applications including creating documents (rather than just viewing or annotating documents), or just for use as a wifi access tool. In order to maximise learning we recommend:
We believe that this model gives more choice to families while still allowing teachers to continue to tailor lesson delivery so that students can use their devices in class toward specific learning outcomes.
- that the device has an appropriate screen size of a minimum of 7 inches
- that a device with an external keyboard be used to ensure that the maximum screen space is available for use when learning
- that the primary device used at the College should provide students with the same learning opportunities that they would have access to when working at home.
The College provides access to digital technology via school laptops for Year 7 and Year 8 students only. These laptops can also be booked by teachers as class sets if they need to access specific applications in their classes.
It is optional but not essential for Year 7 and 8 students to have their own personal digital device. If students have a personal device they wish to use for personal management and learning they are most welcome to do so.
St Columba's College has a 'digitally responsible' paradigm so the devices will not be centrally managed in any way, but College staff will support and guide students in regards to responsible use. It is expected students learn to use their device, its applications and services responsibly and appropriately. When connected to the College's wireless network, students will be subject to the same browsing restrictions as all other web-enabled devices on campus.
Students are also expected to take responsibility for the care of all digital devices (both student and College-owned). The College will not accept liability for loss or damage to these devices. The student who has custody of the device is ultimately responsible for its care and use. This includes messages sent, media captured, and websites visited.