BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAM
Robina State School introduced a BYOD program in 2014. Following the success of this pilot the program expanded in 2015 to all drafts of Year 5 and 6 classes.
Students in BYOD classes are invited to bring a personally owned iPad or IPad mini to school daily for the purpose of learning. The Apple device has been nominated by teachers, at this stage, as a result of their familiarity with this device and the range of available Apps. In future years it is anticipated that the BYOD program will expand to Android devices.
Equity concerns are addressed by Robina State School making available a class set of six iPads for students to access daily if they do not own a personal device. No student in the BYOD class is disadvantaged by not being able to bring a personally owned device to school. One of the major advantages of students bringing a personally owned device to school is the continuity of learning. Working on their own device supports 24/7 learning.
The BYOD program has proven beneficial for students with learning difficulties and disabilities including Dyslexia. The iPad has a range of valuable assistive technology features. Assistive technology is defined as software, hardware and applications designed to assist students with learning. Assistive technology helps students understand the material present, store information and compose responses. It helps students demonstrate their potential by enabling them to use their strengths and work around their weaknesses.
The BYOD program operates according to a set of guidelines that students must agree to abide by. These guidelines protect the integrity of the program, support learning engagement as the main focus and protect student wellbeing and equipment. A copy of the following guidelines are available to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the BYOD program.