Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)


What is BYOD?

The School’s BYOD programme allows students to bring their own computing device (that meets the School’s specification requirements) to all of their classes. Students can configure their device to meet their personal likes and individual learning style, rather than working with a device that has been prescribed for them.

The programme, which is not unlike tertiary models, forms part of the School’s overall strategy to personalise the curriculum and learning for its students. Students can move their learning seamlessly between home, school and alternative wireless environments, such as local libraries.

Transition toward stylus-supported technology in the classroom

In 2019, all Year 7 students will be required to own a device that supports a stylus or has the facility to use a stylus/touch screen input. ‘Digital inking’, the use of a stylus or pen, allows numbers, symbols, diagrams, drawings and other markings to be captured digitally.

Recent studies support using a stylus device in the educational context. Dean (2014) explains the ability to mix digital ink, images and text means that products such as formulas in Mathematics or the drawing of diagrams or annotation of images imported into text in Biology, can be quickly undertaken. Mantgem (2008) notes students and teachers alike can write, draw and sketch with freedom, enabling students to ‘tap directly into their creative brainstorming thought processes’.

Purchasing a BYOD device

  1. Specifications
    Review the 2019 BYOD Specifications, which outline the minimum specifications required for BYOD devices. The School requires all Year 7 2019 students to own a device that supports a stylus or has the facility to use a stylus/touch screen input. View the BYOD specifications for 2019 for further information.
  1. Purchasing
    1. Purchase a device that meets the minimum specification requirements from a store of your choice, OR
    2. Purchase a device through BES IT. BES offers parents educational pricing and three-year warranties that include on-site (at School) warranty repairs organised by the School’s IT Services team. View more information

BYOD frequently asked questions

View frequently asked questions about the BYOD programme.


Dean, B.A.C. (2014). How does the use of the Tablet PC contribute to teaching and learning goals in the secondary classroom? Master of Philosophy, University of Queensland, viewed 31 May 2017, <>.
Mantgem, M.V. (2008). Tablet PCs in K-12 Education. Washington: International Society for Teaching Technology in Education.

BYOD help documents

Parental controls information for parents_2018 
Help Document -Adding a Family Member for Windows

Help Document -Creating Microsoft Account for Windows
Help Document -Setting up Network permission on MAC
Help Document -Setting up Parental Controls on MAC
Help Document_Setting up Parental Control on Windows