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1 What is BYOD hat is BYOD? BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) refers to students bringing a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. From Term , Year 7 students will be asked to bring their own devices to school. Karabar High School recognises the need to prepare students for a rapidly-changing world where technology plays an in- creasing role in students everyday lives. What devices can students bring to school What devices can tudents bring to school? Students can bring a laptop or tablet to school. The laptop or tablet must follow the required device specifications. Specifications Wireless Connectivity Devices must support 5GHz dual band, a/b/g/n wireless. Android devices must be able to connect on all channels in the 5GHz range. Memory and RAM Devices must have a minimum 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. Operating System Devices must have the current or the previous version of any operating system. Battery Life Devices must last at least 5 hours without charge. Hardware Features Devices must have a minimum 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. Software and Apps Stware and Apps Devices must have software or apps that allow for: Internet Browsing Creating spreadsheets Word processing Creating presentations Students can download free Microsoft & Adobe software for laptops at bit.ly/byodsoftware Active antivirus software must be installed on laptops and Android devices. Students must: Student Responsibilities Student Responsibility sign the BYOD student agreement with their parent/ carer before bringing their own devices to school ensure their devices are safe and secure at all times keep their devices safe using carry cases, screen guards use devices according to school and NSWDEC policies. Families may choose to purchase insurance for student devices.

2 Device specifications Device Aspect Minimum Requirement Screen Size >9 RAM Memory 2 Gb Storage 16 Gb Battery Life + 5 Hrs Camera and Microphone Yes Operating System Current or previous version of Windows; ios Wireless Connectivity 5 Ghz Dual Band or a/b/g/n Casing Sturdy. Weight Is the device light enough for your child to carry every day Optional Accessories Carry case or skin to protect the device Insurance check that your personal policy covers loss or damage at school. The school is not liable to replace lost or damaged devices. Warranty period- this will help to reduce repair costs in the future.

3 A student s guide to laptop safety Work Health and Safety Directorate Laptops are a useful educational tool if used for appropriate periods and attention is given to their proper use. This factsheet outlines some key considerations in the safe use of laptops. Recommended practices for using laptops Laptops are not designed for prolonged used. To reduce the risk of injury, laptops must be used correctly; otherwise they can cause you health problems. Chair Adjust the height of your chair to use the keyboard and mouse. After making this height adjustment if your feet cannot be placed flat on the floor, use a footrest. This encourages good posture, enables proper sitting height, avoids pressure placed on the back of the thigh and promotes circulation. Adopt a good sitting posture with lower back support. Mouse Instead of using the small constricted touchpad or trackball, you may choose to use an external mouse (if available). Place the mouse on the side of the hand that is most comfortable. This places the arms in a neutral and relaxed position and prevents overreaching and twisting of the shoulder, arm and wrist. Keyboard Do not press hard on the keys. With laptops, the touch is often lighter as the keyboard bed is shallow. Position the keyboard so that your forearms are parallel to your thighs when your feet are flat on the floor. This helps maintain blood flow in the hands and arms and decreases muscle strain and tension. You may choose to use an external keyboard where possible (if available). Monitor Centre the monitor in front of you at a comfortable viewing distance from the screen. This places the body in a neutral position. Position the laptop to minimise reflective glare from overhead, windows or surrounding light sources. Adjust the screen so that the top of the laptop is at eye level. This will reduce the need to bend your head forward and encourage the use of the eyes, instead of the neck, to adjust the line of vision. Clean the screen regularly; dust on the screen can make it difficult to read and increase eye strain. Work area Never place a laptop on your lap. It is hot, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous to your health. Ensure adequate space is available and other regularly used equipment is within reach. You may choose to use a document holder (if available). Place it in front or next to the monitor. This prevents neck and eye strain. Create a surface that allows for the following body positioning while typing and using a mouse: Shoulders relaxed, not elevated or forward Upper arms hanging by sides Right angle at the elbow Forearms, wrists and hands in alignment no bent wrists Fingers resting lightly on keys. Change position occasionally; sitting in one position for an extended period of time can interfere with circulation. Taking breaks Incorporate breaks every minutes to rest eyes, stretch hands, muscles and joints; and to break up repetition and static postures. Transporting the laptop When carrying a laptop: Select a laptop bag designed to hold only the laptop and associated cords. Larger bags have a tendency to fill up with other items, making for a heavier load. Use a bag with a padded shoulder strap and switch the laptop bag from shoulder to shoulder to relieve the weight. Newer laptops are small enough to fit in backpacks so can be carried on the back and both shoulders, distributing the weight. Use a laptop bag with wheels or a wheeled luggage cart. When placing the laptop in a vehicle (or putting it down anywhere), set the weight 2012 NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES JANUARY 2012 V2 WHS_404 PAGE 1

4 A student s guide to laptop safety Work Health and Safety Directorate down close to the body. Avoid reaching across a car seat or deep into the trunk while holding the weight of the laptop. Eliminate the need to carry a laptop by using portable media storage (memory stick, flash cards) Spinal health To ensure you are able to take part in the things you enjoy, it is important to take care of your back. Tips to help keep your back healthy: A backpack carried over both shoulders is the best choice for carrying a load to ensure the weight is evenly distributed. It is recommended that you have a pack with a waist strap securing a waist strap will help to keep the load in place. Pack your backpack so that the heavier objects are placed nearer to your back, with the lighter objects towards the outside. Make sure your backpack fits properly. When you sit down with your pack on, it should not extend higher than your shoulders. When lifting your backpack, face it, bend at the knees and lift the pack with both hands while straightening your legs. Place the straps over your shoulders one at a time. Only carry items that are necessary. If you have a locker, use this to help lighten the load you have to carry during the day. When carrying a heavy load over a long distance, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue. Fatigue increases the risk of injury. If you sit for long periods of time, ensure that your bottom touches the back of the seat. Take regular breaks, briefly move around and/or stretch every hour or so. If you participate in contact sports, it is important that your neck and spinal muscles are in good condition to help prevent injuries. Regular fitness and skill training are essential in reducing the incidence of injury. Further Information Spinal health and young people Your WHS team 2012 NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES JANUARY 2012 V2 WHS_404 PAGE 2

5 Concerns Issue: Equity Distractions: Theft/Damage

6 Q. Is BYOD worth the cost? Frequently Asked Questions A. The purchase of a device is a major decision and a significant expense. A good quality device may last from Year 7 to Year 12 and viewed over six years the expense is considerably less. Karabar High School has taken strides to integrate device use into many aspects of teaching and learning. Your investment allows the school to maximise the learning outcomes for all students. We are committed to our obligations as a public education institution to deliver the same learning outcomes to all our students no matter their families' financial means. We have developed an Equity Policy to operate alongside our BYOD Policy. The Equity Policy outlines a number of strategies the school may take in consultation with you, to augment access to information and communication technologies. Q. Why is KHS doing this, it does not seem necessary? A. Going BYOD is optional for NSW schools, however, we are really putting students behind if we do not maintain the momentum created by DER. University and TAFE learning is now so reliant on digital learning. Private schools have been using laptops 7-12 for a while, and we are not prepared to disadvantage our students in the learning market place by not moving forward with BYOD. Q. What software will I have to buy? A. DEC is investing a huge amount of money and energy to develop systems so that students can access free software - Microsoft tools, Google apps and Adobe CS6 - through each individual portal, saving millions of dollars for parents on this software. All DEC students with a login will be able to access a Microsoft office package through the Department of Education and Communities portal. This will also have One Note. We have been told this will come on line early in Adobe CS6 will also be available to students through the DEC portal. Q. What happens if my child s device is lost, stolen or damaged? A. Any damage or loss to a device that a student brings to school will be the student s responsibility. The school will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage. The school does not own the device, support the device or warranty the device. Experience from the previous Commonwealth-funded Digital Education Revolution scheme indicates that students who took good care of their device and considered themselves the device's owner rarely had device security issues. If you are concerned the device is going to be broken, lost or stolen, you may wish to consider specific accidental loss and breakage insurance for the device.

7 You may also consider using a device locator service. These services include the "Find my ipad" service built in to Apple ios devices, "Prey" for Windows or "LoJack for Laptops". Q. How the device will be used at school. A. Teachers/schools across our system under the DER roll-out invested a lot of time and money on professional learning, and the incorporation of online systems, to support learning for Years 9-12, as all students had laptops for learning provided through Federal funding. Now that the DER program has been concluded, our school does not want to lose the valuable engagement of students by using technology as a classroom tool. This is a global trend. KHS has established a learning environment that is supported Learning Management Systems in the form of Moodle. In all the faculties, an LMS is used by teachers in various ways as a place to store for resources for students to access, for students to submit work, and as a means of differentiating the curriculum. As well there is increasing online apps which students need to access, such as Maths Online. If you were to visit any classroom any day for Years you would find students using their DER laptop for notes, using One note, for research, to use Language or Maths online programs or to follow instructions from an LMS. With the new ACARA curriculum the need to use of digital devices has been expanded to Stage 4, and increasingly primary school students are coming into Year 7 with devices ready to learn, and feel left out if not included. While not every teacher at KHS uses ICT every lesson, it is an essential part of every course and is reported on through student assessment. As well the wireless network in schools means students in every classroom of the school can be on a device simultaneously. No school has enough computer labs to achieve what is required in this area. Q. Can the device be charged at school? A. Most learning spaces do not have the capacity to charge devices. Students should make sure their devices are fully charged every day. It is recommended that devices should last 5 hours without being charged. Q. Will there be a place at school for devices to be stored when they are not being used? A. When students are not in class their devices should be stored in their bags in a safe place. They should not leave their bags unattended at any time. They should also not leave their bags in places where the device can be easily damaged. Q. Will there be an internet filter applied when the device is used at school?

8 A. While at school, students will be restricted by the NSW Department of Education and Communities filtered internet service. All social media sites and inappropriate sites are blocked while students are at school. Q. Will I be able to put on my own apps or programs onto my device, other than the ones the school has asked for? A. Yes. Parents and students are allowed to install their own apps and programs on their devices. These are at the discretion of parents and students. Q. I have an old laptop, is it suitable for BYOD? A. We recommended laptops of a certain age on the specifications sheet to ensure they can connect to a wireless network. Q. How can my child print from their device at school? Printing directly from a device will not be possible. There are, however, 2 ways a student can do this: 1. the work to themselves or save their work in the cloud (in 2014). Go to the library and using the desktop machines, log on to the portal. Print work to the printer in the library that is already used by students. 2. Save their work onto a USB and take to the library and print from the USB Q. Do students still have to bring exercise books to school? A. Yes. A device is another tool for learning just like all other equipment. Students will still be required to bring exercise books and writing materials in addition to their device. Q. Do students have to bring their devices every day to school? A. Yes. The device is part of a student s equipment set for learning. Students will be expected to bring their device fully charged to school every day. Q. Do Apple products connect to the DEC wireless network? A. Yes, as long as the student has a DEC username and password and the laptop has wireless capability of 5GHz n Q. I bought an Android tablet at Aldi, will this do? A. This type of tablet does not meet the specifications to be able to access the DEC wireless system; therefore your student could not use the internet at school on the device.

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