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BYOD School Readiness Checklist

Preparing your school community


NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Building Momentum
How can you build a school culture ready to
support a move to BYOD?
The move to
BYOD requires
a large amount
of planning and
change
management
with students,
staff and the
community:

Ensure pedagogy is driving the


decision?
Demonstrate with case studies to
build acceptance, constantly
surveying readiness
Track the building of the shift in
momentum
Make the move when the time and
culture is right

Links to support:

NSWDECBYOD
SAMR
Implementing
BYOD at
Banksmeadow
Public School
Leading Innovation
and Change

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Defining Goals
What is driving the implementation of BYOD in
your school community? Have you consulted the
literature and seen what has been done by
others?
BYOD is not the answer
to every schools
technology needs.
Ensure you have read
the Literature review
and considered all
other technology
options in the process
of going BYOD. In the
end going BYOD needs
to have teaching and
learning as the core
driver.

Links to support:
NSWDEC BYOD
Literature Review

The desire to provide 1:1 access


for students
For students that do not have
access to a BYOD device, it will
make access to school-based
computer resources spread less
thinly.
Digital text books and resources
NSWDEC BYOD School
Readiness Checklist

NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Defining Goals
Have you considered the type of BYOD model
that will suit your school community?
Choosing a BYOD
model that will have
the most positive
impact upon
student learning is
vital. Consider the
options presented in
the BYOD literature
review to determine
which is the best
model for your
school community.

Option 1
BYO Dedicated Device
Option 2
BYO Selection of Devices
Option 3
BYO Anything

Links to support:
NSWDEC BYOD
Literature Review

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Defining Goals
Model 1. Locked Down: The device and software to be
used are dictated and controlled by the school

Links to support:

brings purchase costs limits options for


down
families

assists teachers in
their planning as they
know the device
capabilities.

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results in decreased
compliance
no existing student
personal connection
with the device

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Models of BYOD

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Defining Goals
Model 2: Limit devices to specific requirements: e.g.
must run specific software or apps or operating
system, have a minimum size RAM and hard drive etc.

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

allows families greater


choice

results in increased
compliance.
teachers are aware of
the device capabilities
for their planning.

technology support can


be more problematic
with a variety of devices
there may be no existing
student personal
connection with the
device

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Models of BYOD

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Defining Goals
Model 3. BYO anything you own: Any personally
owned device provided it is internet ready

Reduces costs greatly for


parents

Teachers cannot know the


capability of every device

Greatly increases compliance. Others argue that browser


Student personal connection based apps help to overcome
these problems.
with the device.
In practice this has proven to
be the model requiring the
least technical support as it
must be left mainly to the
students themselves.

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

Models of BYOD

The teacher will be required to focus on the learning and leave the
technical challenges to the student, who knows (or must learn to
know) his own device (Alberta Education, 2012).
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WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Defining Goals
Have you documented your BYOD Framework?

Ensure the school


community is
informed of the
choice you have
made.

Create a school based policy


document that informs your
community of the school
expectations, boundaries and
opinions

NSWDEC BYOD
Literature Review

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Collaborative Planning
Begin with a conversation and/or a public forum

Spark discussion As a school community would


with conversations
drive the vision of the school.
about what do
Examples of student based
we want learning
learning.
to look like?

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Collaborative Planning
Have you consulted the SRC to ascertain their
comments about a BYOD program and the types
of information and support students will need to
work effectively in a BYOD environment?
Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

If students are consulted


in this process they will
take additional ownership
and responsibility for the
success of a program.

One useful way to do this is through your


student SRC! You may like to use the base
presentation to inform students of what
BYOD is and how it affects them

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Collaborative Planning
Have you consulted your community about
BYOD?

For a BYOD
program to
work
successfully
you will need
the support of
your parent
body.

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

Do they have a device their child can utilise?


Do they have concerns over the use of
devices they consider gaming machines?
Preparing a newsletter insert and running an
information session/forum in addition to a
parent survey would be a useful way to
inform, consult and assess the feelings of the
parent body

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Collaborative Planning
How do your teachers feel about moving to a
BYOD program? Are they ready?

Many teachers will


be unsure of what
a BYOD program is
and will be
confronted by the
variation of
devices,
applications and
programs.

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

Survey staff to see how


they feel about BYOD and
use the links and resources
to assist in the change
management process

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Collaborative Planning
Have you revisited your school welfare, discipline
and curriculum policy to incorporate BYOD?

There are
many
consideration
when
implementing
a BYOD
program,
these include:

Who is responsible for charging devices?


What happens when a device is damaged or
stolen?
Who is responsible for repairs and support?
It is important to ensure these concerns are
addressed within existing policy documents.
The DEC BYOD Policy is there to support
these changes

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Professional Learning for students,


parents and teachers
Have you developed and/or implemented a
professional learning plan to upskill your
teachers to work in a BYOD environment?
Links to support:

To deliver positive
learning
outcomes with a
BYOD program
teachers need to
feel comfortable
with a move to
BYOD.

Link to Professional
Learning materials

To enable this and empower


teachers a professional learning
plan will improve teacher
confidence and readiness
Who will lead the professional
learning for BYOD in your school?

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Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Professional Learning for students,


parents and teachers
Are your students confident users of information
and Devices? What is their overall Digital
Citizenship and Readiness?
Links to support:
Link to Professional
Learning materials

Are your students


confident digital
citizens capable of
working within
this independent
device
environment?

Consider running your


students through some of the
digital citizenship resources in
the links to the right to
prepare them for this change

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Professional Learning for students,


parents and teachers
Have you prepared the resources to allow users
to connect to the internet?
Links to support:
Link to Professional
Learning materials

Users may
find
connecting
to the
internet a
challenge.

Whilst this will only need to be done


once per device, instructions and
guides will need to be prepared.
If you are using standardised ITD
DEC solutions the links to the right
will assist

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Professional Learning for students,


parents and teachers
Is your community informed about device
choices that can enhance learning?
Links to support:

There are a
number of base
requirements that
are
recommended for
a device to be a
useful and
efficient learning
tool.

Link to Professional
Learning materials

Screen size, Minimum browser


requirements are just some of the
considerations parents need to
consider!
Running an informal briefing
session is a great way to begin
discussions with your parent body

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Professional Learning for students,


parents and teachers
Has your community been informed about what
BYOD will look like in the classroom and at
home?
Providing parents
with regular updates
on the progress of
your BYOD policy,
achievements,
expectations and
planning will ensure
you are able to keep
them on side
throughout your
BYOD journey!

Links to support:
Link to Professional
Learning materials

Perhaps consider adding a


regular report in your
newsletter, P & C meeting
as well as a dedicated
section of your website

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Is your Infrastructure / Network Ready


Do you have a Wi-Fi network to support BYOD?

In order to
implement a BYOD
program students
and teachers will
need to connect
their devices to the
internet. You will
need to see if your
wireless
infrastructure can
support a BYOD
program.

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

NB If you are in a NSW DEC Secondary


school the DER network can support a
BYOD program
Public schools (K-6) will need to consider
their wireless requirements, particularly
in relation to coverage and capacity.
NSW DEC wireless standards should be
followed to ensure ongoing support is
provided.

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Is your Infrastructure / Network Ready


Anti-malware

If Windows laptops
are considered to be
suitable as a BYO
device, it is essential
that each device has
up-to-date antimalware software
and all important
Windows updates
installed.

Links to support:

Ensure all students are


asked to install anti-virus
and malware protection
before bringing hardware
to school

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NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Have you considered Equity?


Do you have supplementary devices to be loaned
to students who do not have access to a BYOD
Device?
Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

This is an equity
concern. Students
will need to be able
to complete tasks
even if they do not
have their own
device.

A good way to start is to


survey students/parents to
find out what devices they
are willing to bring

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Have you considered Equity?


Have you considered alternative funding options
for parents and the community?

Links to support:
http://nswdecbyod.weebly.com

Consider a 50/50
funding model
(school pays half
and parents pay
half)

Consult with your P & C and school


funding partners concerning other
options available to implement an
equitable BYOD solution in your school
Sponsorship from local companies

NSWDEC BYOD School


Readiness Checklist
NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU

Implementing BYOD Mini Checklist


Define goals

Plan collaboratively
Consult and communicate
Keep teaching and learning at the centre of everything
Provide professional learning for teachers that focusses on pedagogy
Address equity
Include a focus on digital citizenship
Plan for your network to cope (Regional IT Advisor consultation)

NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE

WWW.DEC.NSW.GOV.AU