DIGITAL LEARNING & BYOD
At Taylors Lakes Secondary College we value the use of digital technologies as part of everyday teaching and learning. ICT and digital technologies are used for educational purposes to enhance learning and engage students in a manner that is appropriate and balanced.
In order to support student use of digital technologies, the College has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program and students are expected to bring their device to school each day fully charged so they can use it in class to support their learning.
When developing our BYOD program we wanted to ensure our program guaranteed connectivity by clearly explaining the types of devices we are able to fully support (Eg. WiFi access, printing, etc). We also want to ensure that there are lower cost options built into the program with students being able to bring an existing device to school so long as it meets some basic minimum requirements to ensure it can be connected to the College network.
BYOD Program Rationale
To enable all students to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, practices and attitudes necessary to be engaged, robust digital citizens capable of shaping our future
To enable all students to have access to technology to support and enhance their learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
To ensure a range of options are provided that allow access to the program for all students.
There are two options available for new students to the College. When one of the options have been chosen the College can:
Effectively connect to the College wireless network
Provide the appropriate levels of functionality to students to support their learning at the College (Eg. software, printing, WiFi)
Provide onsite support if technical issues arise (where the device is purchased through a College approved supplier).
Option 1 - Purchase a device through the BYOD portal.
Purchasing brand new devices are available via two TLSC web portals. Whilst slightly more expensive, the benefit of purchasing through the school is a 3 year warranty and access to onsite servicing and repairs to these devices. So if anything goes wrong with the device, you simply drop it into the IT Support Suite at the College.
This will initially cost
Cost of the device for the family (independent of the school), plus
Computer technical support charge set for 2020 at $43 to cover network connection, maintenance and monitoring charges.
Students may already have a device at home that meets the College minimum requirements (below). In that case they can bring their device to school and the only fee willbe the annual school charge of $43.
Important: At this time the College does cannot support Google Chromebooks or Android devices.
Go to our I.T support site to look at purchasing a device
Option 2 - Purchase of a device from an independent supplier that meets the School's minimum requirements.
In order for an independently purchased device to be used on the College network, the published minimum standards for the device must be met. These would need to be checked in advance as not all devices are allowed connection to the College’s network. Please note that the College will not be able to provided onsite servicing and repairs to these devices as it will void your warranty.
In cases of hardware faults and damages, you will need to contact your original supplier or a reputable computer store for assistance.
Minimum Requirements for option 2 BYOD
By ensuring the following requirements are met we will ensure that devices have adequate connectivity to
connect to the College network and also ensure that students will have an adequate level of functionality to take full advantage of the current and emerging learning opportunities ICT can offer.
Devices must have a minimum screen size of 11.3”
Devices must operate with either Windows 10 or MacOSX Mojave (or above)
Have an advertised battery life of at least 6 hours
Adequate internal storage capacity - 128Gb Minimum
Identification of student details clearly labelled on the device is a must for all students carrying their BYOD to school.
Experiencing Financial Hardship:
Please contact the College to discuss possible options.