Bring Your Own Designated Device

The term BYOD is used to describe a scenario in which Students provide a device, purchased by their parents. This device is brought to school for educational use. The term BYODD refers to a Bring Your Own Designated Device. The following information is separated into key parts of the initiative.


The aim behind the Designated Device is to have a 1:1 student/device ratio. The device ratio in learning spaces at present is approximately 1:3. It is proposed the device would travel to school and home each day. This will enable students to have their google account logins at their fingertips.  There will be many benefits to productivity as each student is already logged in and will be given access to our secure internet service without having to login. A personal device can support student engagement and personalized learning.  Education research provides evidence that student use of iPads has improved student learning outcomes, particularly in literacy and numeracy. A BYODD school policy reduces the cost to schools of purchasing devices for student use. Students own the device and therefore are familiar with the features and capabilities.
The care of equipment increases if students are using their own device.

It's not compulsory to participate...

We are committed to supporting students who can't participate in the program, by ensuring their child will be able to access the same devices in the learning space during school hours.

A BYODD program isn't about students using devices all day
Technology will be used when needed in the course of their learning. It does not replace other ways of learning but complements and adds to a students learning style. The use of technology is an important element of the new Australian Curriculum.

"The Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognises that in a digital age, and with rapid and continuing changes in the ways that people share, use, develop and communicate with ICT, young people need to be highly skilled in its use. To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities". read more


Stage 3 (Grades 5 and 6) will be the first stage of the program. A phasing in approach will enable us to manage the process more efficiently. By giving more device options we are hoping to accommodate families who may already own a suitable device.

We are committed to supporting students who can't participate in the program, by ensuring they will be able to access a device in the learning space during school hours.

Device Options

Chromebook Laptop - Any BrandApple Ipad 2 or newerApple Ipad Mini Windows Surface TabletMacbook Air / ProNO ANDROID AS YET due to compatability issues with our system infrastructureNO PHONES

What option should I choose?

All of these devices will be suitable as the students will mainly use the free google apps account that they have been provided by the Catholic Education office. Each device will have a range of free apps that can be used for a wide variety of learning activities.
  • Digital Citizenship

  • A BYODD policy increases the opportunities for students to access the Internet. An ongoing education program addressing topics such as cyber bullying, safe online behaviour, and password security should be in place for all students.  The use of the Australian Government CyberSmart website is recommended.

  • Staff Professional Development

  • The effective use of the iPad/device in the classroom is supported by ongoing professional development that is focused on personalised learning, multi-modal input, rich learning tasks, and student centered learning.

  • Damage, loss or theft of student owned devices.

  • All iPads should be required to have a protective screen cover and case

  • Insurance for BYODD devices is the responsibility of the parent who owns the device. The school is not responsible for replacement or costs of damaged, stolen or lost devices.