Bring your own technology

At Somerville, we want our students to be confident, connected, actively involved, life long learners, and technology is a critical component of 21st century learning. As Somerville Intermediate has now successfully implemented BYOT for four years, the evidence suggests that a laptop or Chrome Book is the most productive device for students to use to support learning. BYOT is not compulsory.

 

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Guidelines for BYOT
(laptops, notebooks, phones, ipods, tablets, etc)

  • The device is the responsibility of the student
  • Security measures for safe storage are provided, but ultimately the device is the responsibility of the student
  • The device is covered by the owner's insurance
  • The school can not be held responsible for loss or damage to the device
  • The purpose of the device is to support the student's learning
  • The device is used at the class teacher's discretion and with the class teacher's knowledge
  • The school may not be able to support any technical issues and/or upgrades of the equipment/device
  • The equipment/device is not to be used during morning interval and lunch breaks without express permission from a staff member
  • School software can not be installed on personal devices
  • Conditions of the school's Internet Use Agreement with students apply
  • The internet will only be accessed via the school wifi. No 3G access
  • No software downloads or updates will be carried out at school on student devices
  • The school will not be responsible for any costs incurred by students such as mobile data charges.  The school will make available a wireless network that is free for students to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are both Year 7 and Year 8 affected by the BYOT initiative?

The BYOT model is intended for both year 7 and year 8.

 

I am interested in purchasing a computing device for my child. How do I get one, and how much will it cost?
Refer to 'What You Need to Know about BYOT @ Somerville Int.'

 

What are the minimum requirements for a mobile computing device that Somerville Int. recommends?

  • Access to the Internet
  • Wi-Fi capability (NO 3G) through SIS network
  • Adobe Flash can be useful to have
  • Minimum of 4-hour battery life
  • Portability
  • Software (see below)
  • Anti-virus protection (Norton, Avast, AVG, etc.)

 What other accessories are recommended?

  • External hard drive for backing up files (learning to perform regular back-ups and how to restore from a backup are very important skills)
  • Additional AC power adapter (in case you want to have one at school and one at home)
  • High capacity battery if available
  • Headset or ear buds (for private listening)
  • Protective laptop sleeve or backpack with a computer compartment (to protect it better)

What operating system should I be using?
While the majority of Somerville's computers are all running Mac Operating Systems, the decision for your own device is a matter of personal  preference. Laptops running both Windows and Macintosh operating systems can connect to the wireless network for access to the Internet.

 

What software do I need?

  • Anti-virus software is recommended for all computers.
  • A web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome)
  • We recommend utilizing free, inexpensive, or open source software for other computing needs.

What if I need an expensive application that is not on my computer, like Photoshop or other specialised applications?
Applications that are needed for high-end computer graphics, engineering and other specialized use will still be available in our computer labs. Many of the functions available in these applications are available in open source software. You are free to add any software on your child's device you would like; it is all about using software that will engage and support your child's learning.

 

Will the device required have an Internet filter?
Personally-owned devices will connect through the same content filter as all school-owned computers. The school does not require students to have a filter installed on their own device. Parents may choose to install Internet filtering software, but Somerville is unable to monitor and troubleshoot the software.

 

Am I expected to use my computing device both at school and at home?
Yes. One of the goals of the BYOT programme is the ubiquitous access. This means access to the learning tools at home and school. Some home-learning  assignments will require you to use your computing device, while other assignments will not. Somerville Intermediate is using GOOGLE APPS.

 

How can my computing device be protected from damage, loss or theft during the day?

  1. It is recommended that your child place an identifying name tag on their device, complete with their name and room number.
  2. All classrooms have a lockable cupboard that the classroom teacher monitors. It is expected that students use the lockable cupboards to store their devices.
  3. We recommend that you use a sleeve to protect the device while in your backpack or book bag.
  4. Students are not allowed to have the devices in the playground during morning tea and lunch.
  5. Use a tracking device or tracking software if possible.
  6. Have adequate insurance.

Will computing devices be used in every class?
Whether or not technology is used in class on any given day depends entirely upon your teacher's judgment about the best tools to use for instruction. A computing device is a very powerful tool for engaging in the learning, but it is not the only tool that teachers at Somerville Intermediate use to deliver high quality teaching.

 

Is the school responsible for the device once at school? Will the school's insurance cover theft, damage or loss?
The device is the responsibility of the student. Somerville's insurance will not cover theft, damage or loss. Security measures for safe storage are  provided, but ultimately the device is the responsibility of the student. The device is covered by the owner's insurance. The school can not be held  responsible for loss or damage to the device.

 

What happens if a child misuses the device?
If an incident does occur that comes to our attention, we will deal with the incident in relation to our ICT Internet Policy. Parents will be informed and the situation/incident will discussed with them.

 

What else should I need to know?
The purpose of the device is to support the student's learning. The device is used at the class teacher's discretion and with the class teacher's  knowledge. The school may not be able to support any technical issues and/or upgrades of the equipment/device. The equipment/device is not to be used during morning interval and lunch breaks. School software cannot be installed on personal devices. Conditions of the school's Internet Use Agreement with students apply. The internet will only be accessed via the school wifi. No 3G access. Software downloads or updates will be carried out at school on student devices at Somerville Intermediate's discretion.

 

Any Ideas as to how parents can ensure safety of the device as it travels between home and school?
We suggest discrete storage where possible and practical. For example, a backpack rather than an extra satchel that clearly identifies that the  contents is a laptop or other device. A durable waterproof sleeve for the device may help keep it protected from the elements.

 

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