St Anthony's Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) Program
We recommend reading all of the information on this page before proceeding with your order, particularly the device requirements directly below:
When selecting a Chromebook, our advice is to choose something durable that will handle potential wear and tear during its approximate 3-4 year use at school. Touchscreen Chromebooks are handy but not required. Generally, a suitable Chromebook will be priced between $300-$500 (using the 'sort by price low to high' will help you find the best deals). A protective carry case is important, and students are encouraged to bring their own headphones if possible (labelling all items is advised). We request that the device meets the minimum requirements below and is a Chromebook, not a PC or Mac.
|Minimum Device Requirements|
|Screen Size||11 inches or higher|
|Memory||4GB or higher|
|Hard Drive||32GB or higher|
Technology, like pen and paper, is a tool. Because it has the potential to be such a powerful learning tool, our children need to be confident and competent users of technology.
The reason St Anthony’s has decided to have a BYODD program that designates the device we would like parents to purchase is so that the teachers and students are all using the same device. This avoids problems with teachers spending valuable class time assisting children with a number of devices that may have different capabilities and user functions. We have decided for practical reasons that having a standard device with a base model and a more upmarket model with more functions is the optimum situation for the classroom environment. Either model will perform the tasks required. The price point for these devices is attractive and Chromebooks also do not require any additional virus software protection.
Our BYODD program, alongside school-provided access to technologies, also better enables St Anthony’s to:
- implement the Australian Curriculum: Technologies strands;
- embed the Australian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) across all aspects of the curriculum;
- increase equitable access and participation for all students in all aspects of the curriculum;
- more effectively implement NAPLAN testing regime across Year 3 and Year 5;
- prepare students for ethical participation and active citizenship in the digital world of the future.
We have targetted Year 4 as our BYODD grade, with the view that children in this grade would then have use of their Chromebook for three years and potentially into their early high school years as well. Given the rapid changes in devices and technology, most devices have a life expectancy of around 5 years. Parents of Year 2, 3, 5 and 6 students may choose to purchase a Chromebook for their child as the devices are being used extensively in these classes.
Expectations of Students
- The St Anthony’s user agreement is discussed and signed with students and parents prior to use of ICT in the classroom. This is not a contract for the students but simply a recognition of their role within the digital realm.
- Students bring their Chromebooks to school each day fully charged and take them home each day.
- Students keep all electronic communication school related. During instructional activities, electronic communication is to be solely related to the activity at hand. No non-school related e-communication is allowed during the school day. The Chromebook is in no way to be used to bully, or harass other students or teachers.
- It is the student’s responsibility in consultation with their teacher to manage their files. This will help to avoid the loss of school-related data.
Expectations for Parents
- Parents are the ultimate administrators responsible for the Chromebook. Suppliers have warranties and insurance add-ons and accessories such as protective cases that are available. The purchase of options are the sole choice and responsibility of the parents. However, we strongly recommend that a protective case be purchased for the travel between home and school. If the device is broken or stolen, it is the parents who bear responsibility according to the negotiated conditions with the supplier. School insurance does not cover family-owned devices.
- Charging of the device on a daily basis is the responsibility of parents along with the child.
- Ensuring that the device is not used for online bullying/harassment.
- It is recommended that parents are aware of their child’s password and that it is not changed without their consent. This is to ensure that parents have access to, and visibility of everything that their child is doing on the Chromebook. It also ensures that the children are not locked out of their Chromebook if their child forgets or incorrectly types the password.
Expectations for St Anthony’s
- We will provide students with a safe place for the storage of the Chromebook during non-class hours to avoid damage and theft. Chromebooks will not leave the classrooms during recess and lunch. Rooms will be locked when the class is not in attendance.
- Providing the students with access to a secure, filtered internet connection.
- Educating the children in regard to online bullying/harassment and the potential impact and consequences of these types of behaviours for the victim and the
- Students will receive ongoing instruction on Digital Citizenship. The User Agreement is in place for those students who do not comply with the requirements of being a responsible use of ICT.
- Balancing the appropriate use of the Chromebook with other educational tasks and methods of learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my child be using this device?
- access teaching and learning materials in the shared Google Classroom;
- research and curate relevant information and objects related to the topic of inquiry for History, Geography, Health, Civics and Citizenship etc;
- use audio and video apps and programs to present ideas and demonstrate their learning and understanding;
- collaborate with others in real-time on shared pieces of work;
- use digital tools and spaces to communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers;
- create and design their own content.
Will my child be disadvantaged if I do not purchase a Chromebook for his/her use?
St Anthony’s has a commitment that all children will have access to ICT in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum. This may involve sharing a computer or having rotations whereby small groups work with a limited number of computers. The advantage of having one-to-one access is that each child has automatic access to the internet. Teachers can work with large groups or even the entire class at one time.
What software should the device contain?
On future occasions, there may be some apps that the school would like purchased for your child’s Chromebook. The school will contact parents and explain the purpose and if any costs are associated with the installation of these apps.
What support will be provided for the use of the device?
St Anthony’s will assist your child in his/her basic usage of the device with troubleshooting and sorting out minor technical issues. However, parents (through the supplier warranty) will be responsible for any major hardware issues that may arise with the device.
How do I manage my child’s usage at home?
BYODD is a partnership between school and home. Ultimately the parents are the administrator and the device may be used at home in whatever capacity the parents see fit. BYODD is built upon trust and responsibility at home and school. At school, there is an Acceptable Use Policy. At home, it is the parent’s responsibility to set the parameters of acceptable use that they are comfortable with. If parents have a concern about a school-related task being done at home, then they should talk to their child’s teacher.
How will my child identify their device?
The use of personalised computer covers, name labels, stickers and other identifying marks and the personalised Google Classroom logon page will identify your child’s device by simply opening the screen.
How safe is online collaboration?
At the school level, we are able to safeguard the student’s work through the advanced filtering system provided by our Catholic Education IT department.
Do I need virus protection?
No. Google Workspace for Education is highly protected. The school will advise you if there is any change in regard to this. Google states that they provide 24/7 support. Virus protection is built in, and the operating system stays up to date automatically.
How will teachers cope with the technology?
Teachers are the learning experts in the classroom, so technical proficiency is of less importance than pedagogical proficiency. St Anthony’s staff have already attended Professional Learning in the use of Chromebooks. We have appointed dedicated digital technologies teachers.
At school, all outside connectivity is monitored through the school's internet filtering system when using their Google Workspace for Education account. Thus blocking access to inappropriate material. Parents would need to monitor home use the same way they currently monitor home computer access.
Can students access social media?
All social media sites have an age limit of 13 years and are therefore blocked by the school’s filtering system.
Are parents still required to pay the technology levy as a part of the school fees?
Yes. The technology fee is an important source of funding that allows the school to maintain all areas of technology access, including infrastructure costs, security and other resources.
How much time is spent on the Chromebook each day in class?
This will vary on how the teacher and student decide to use the device to support their learning. A range of mediums may be used (e.g. Chromebook, iPad, iMac) for creating a presentation, story writing, using a dictionary, referring to the bible, internet searching for various items, collaborating on a task or downloading information/photos to use.
Will my child stop handwriting?
Chromebooks complement what children are doing in the classroom rather than replacing key elements of learning such as handwriting. At times students will type notes and publish work on their Chromebooks. Handwriting will remain an integral part of the curriculum.
How will the school evaluate success?
The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated in the same way in which all educational programs are evaluated. Qualitative data will come from classroom observation and the engagement of the student. Quantitative data will come from how well the students achieve the learning outcomes set by the teacher based on the curriculum.
If you have a problem with your child’s use of his/her Chromebook or require further information or clarification on any of the above information, please contact the school.