What is BYO?
Bring Your Own 'x' (BYOx) means exactly that: students bring their own digital devices to school, for the purposes of learning. Instead of using school‐owned ICT, students use their own. The BYOx concept recognises that students and their parents and caregivers would like to use the same digital devices at school and at home. Bring your own Device (BYOx) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their personally owned mobile devices to access the school’ information and communication (ICT) network.
The Department of Education (DoE) recognises that 1:1 programs (i.e. one student to one device) are a critical component in an international move towards individualised learning, and that participation in these programs is associated with increased student and staff technology use, student engagement and interest levels.
BYOx has been increasing in all industry sectors and the introduction of the 1:1 initiative has increased the normalisation and increased use of digital technologies in education. BYOx allows schools to progress to a more flexible and mature 1:1 program, address discontinued 1:1 federal funding and responds to expectations of contemporary learners and the wider community. The school has carried out extensive research and according to research; schools that migrate to a BYOx model enjoy many benefits, including:
- increased student motivation, confidence and engagement with learning because students are
- familiar with their devices
- greater autonomy in the classroom
- the maturing of students as digital citizens who embrace digital opportunities and responsibilities
- the normalising of technology use between the school and home
- greater opportunity for inter‐school collaboration.
In the pursuit of academic excellence, the BYOx program aims to enhance the curriculum program to improve student learning outcomes through increased access to digital tools, learning resources and pedagogy. Individualised learning and differentiation for students and opportunities for students to develop into responsible digital citizens with high‐level digital skills. Access to the school’ ICT network is provided only if the mobile device meets the school’ security equirement that, at a minimum, requires that anti‐virus software have been installed, is running and is kept updated on the device.
Students are responsible for the security, integrity, insurance and maintenance of their personal mobile devices and their private network accounts.