What is Bring Your Own Device?
BYOD is a new program designed to support the delivery of 21st century learning at Urangan State High School. From 2015, the school has provided access to allow students to bring approved, personally-owned, computing devices into the classroom to assist with learning opportunities.
Connection to BYOD
Students must apply for approval to connect a BYOD device. Application forms can be downloaded from the link on this page, or a printed copy can be picked up at the Student Services desk at the school.
The Technical Support Fee for connection to BYOD is $25 for Semester 2. This will allow for connection of up to 3 devices on a single student login until the end of the year. All licences for BYOD expire at the end of each year and a new application must be made for the following year. Once the application form is returned to Student Services with the Technical Support Fee, the process to begin connecting of the student device will commence.
Laptops or tablets that run either a Windows (not RT) operating system or a Mac-OSX operating system will provide the better educational experience on BYOx. These devices will be able to connect to the school filtered internet connection, print to school printers, and access secure storage on school network drives. Windows and Mac devices also allow students to take advantage of the free Microsoft Office 2016 package available to all Queensland State School students. Click on the link at right of the page for instructions.
The school has negotiated with Dell and Harvey Norman to develop a range of devices and purchasing options for parents. Devices on these portals are guaranteed to work on the BYOD network and meet the school’s device specifications. An extended 3 year warranty which guarantees on-site repairs is also packaged with each device on the portals. This option is not available on normal retail purchases. Parents are free however to purchase from any vendor of their choice. For more information on the portals, please click on the relevant link at the right of this page.
iPad and Android tablets are able to connect to the filtered internet connection, but are not able to benefit from the other facilites provided by BYOD at this time.