BYODD and Technology

Bring Your Own Designated Device (BYODD) means that students (Year 5 and Year 6 at this stage) bring to school personally owned or family owned devices for the purpose of learning. In a BYODD Program, the school stipulates a designated device to be used by all students participating in the program. At St. Brigid's from 2018 this device will be a Chromebook.

The access to devices that a BYODD program provides, will assist students in developing digital literacy, fluency and citizenship while preparing them for the high tech world in which they will live, learn and work. It will have the potential to empower students by giving them a voice in the decision making process of how they use technology in their own learning. It will also allow teachers to continue to employ technology in the classroom while building on the experiences gained in the previously supported Digital Education.

Leveraging digital technologies to improve student learning, is key in making the decision to move to a BYODD model. Many students already own devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops that can be used to supplement their learning if used appropriately in the classroom.

This need has been recognised at a government level with education ministers from across the nation stating that “globalisation and technological change are placing greater demands on education and skills development in Australia, and the nature of jobs available to young Australians is changing faster than ever.” (MCEECDYA, 2008, p4)

The Melbourne Declaration and the Australian Curriculum place an emphasis upon building innovative capabilities of students within and across discipline boundaries. As a means towards facilitating this, Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills have been established as a ‘general capability’ within the Australian Curriculum. This means that it is expected that they be embedded seamlessly across the disciplines of the entire curriculum. The integration of a student BYODD technology program will go a long way to facilitating integration across all curriculum areas.