Exciting changes are taking place at Wirreanda Secondary School in respect of the use of technology as we move to a compulsory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This means that from the start of the 2017 school year, all students are expected to have a device to learn with in every lesson.
Having a BYOD programme at Wirreanda Secondary School is vital to the development of the school. The full reasoning behind this move can be explored in this document: why-byod
Need to buy a device?
We have worked closely with Harvey Norman Business and Education to provide opportunities to purchase a device for BYOD. The devices can only be ordered online. Click on the image below to access the portal.
If you are thinking of buying a device outside of the portal, here are some considerations:
|Laptop considerations||Harvey Norman Portal purchase||Retail purchase|
|Specially built for education||Yes||No|
|Battery life to last the school day||Yes||Maybe|
|3 year warranty||Yes||Only at extra cost|
|On site, next day repairs||Yes||No|
|Wide choice of laptops to choose from||No||Yes|
|Lowest priced laptops available||No||Yes|
|Meets school requirements||Yes||Maybe|
All of the devices offered through the portal are now on display in the Harvey Norman store, Noarlunga and in school.
Already have a device?
We urge all parents and students Years 8 to 11, be proactive: If you have already have a device that you intend to bring to school next year then come and try it out on our network now. Not only will you beat the crowds trying to connect to the network but you will know how well your device performs at school.
We recognise that this can be a confusing issue to deal with for some parents and caregivers. Hence, we urge you to contact us if you are unsure of anything in relation to BYOD. We also realise that some families may struggle financially to equip their son/daughter with a device. Again, early communication with the school is key to solving this issue.
Further information is available on the school website on the BYOD link. All communication regarding BYOD should be directed to Nick Jackson, Senior Leader, by email or by phoning the school.
Many of the Frequently asked Questions are answered in this comprehensive document: faqswirreandahighschoolbyodprogram2017
A letter that summarises the main points, was provided with the Term 3 reports: byodlettersept2016
2017 Acceptable Use of ICT
As we have introduced a BYOD scheme for 2017, there have been significant amendments to the Acceptable Use of ICT Policy. Students and parents/care givers are obligated to read the policy in advance of signing the Agreement of the Acceptable Use of ICT Policy. Both the policy and the agreement form are provided below.