BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY (BYOT) IN TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
Did you know?
Schools can offer optional programmes which allow your child to bring their own technology devices, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device, from home to school. This increases their access to devices that assist learning both in and out of the classroom.
Where to start
- Whether your child’s school participates in a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) programme is optional.
- Any programme is developed in close consultation with the school community to suit their school.
- One of the key advantages of BYOT is that your child uses the same device for learning at school and at home.
- There is also more opportunity for your child to use technology responsibly preparing them for a future where technology is a natural part of their everyday lives.
- BYOT doesn’t replace schools providing information technology (IT) access for your child at school.
For your child
- It is not compulsory for you to bring your own device to school.
- If you do bring a device to school you can only use it during class time for educational purposes and with the permission of your teacher.
- Like any equipment you bring to school, you will need to be responsible for and look after any device you bring to school.
- You will need to agree to and follow guidelines on acceptable use of your device.
- If you use the school’s Wi-Fi network all internet traffic will go though web filtering software which filters inappropriate content.
- BYOT schools will continue to have a mix of school-provided and student-owned devices, and will ensure that there is appropriate access to IT for everyone.
- Schools can provide guidance to parents but there are no mandatory or preferred devices.
- No BYOT programme will result in the cost of purchasing student-owned devices or software being included in general student levies.
- No student will be left behind in their access to technology.
- A number of schools have already successfully put in place a BYOT programme that is benefiting their students.
Where can I get more information?
- Talk to your child’s teacher or principal and your school association.
- Visit the Department of Education website: www.education.tas.gov.au
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