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BYOD Model

Started by Lorraine Vickery 03 Apr 2014 7:54pm () Replies (8)

Is anybody willing to share a strategic model they have developed while intergarting BYOD into their school? We are a large secondary decile 4 school. We are starting on the road to BYOD and are looking at ways to introduce it gradually, and consult with staff, students, community and BOT.


  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 25 Nov 2014 9:48pm ()

    Hi Carol, Lorraine,

    It's no small task initiating a byod.  In fact its like opening a box, and finding 50 boxes inside!  : )

    There are some questions to work through first.   I'll categories my post into 'a' and 'b'

    a) are you going to allow students to bring their own device?(this is initially easier, but will result in larger problems down the track)  Will you manage their devices?  Install software on each?  Add another SSID (wifi access) with a password and student level filtering?  School insurance cover or individual?

    b) are you going to dictate what device they can bring?  School purchase them, and parents pay them off, or buy them in full?  Set up a trust separate to the school?  (this option is much easier from a school management point of view but brings your community into the conversation)


    But first, what will you use them for?  Don't take this the wrong way, and I'm not inferring that you haven't thought this through, but I see this a lot with schools.  They don't relate their purchases with the school vision and direction.  There needs to be an understand and purpose behind it why you want 1:1.  

    Unfortunately there is no one size fits all model.  It will depend on what your school wants to do with the 1:1 programme.   Perhaps visit a school close to you that has had a 1:1 for a number of years?  Ask questions and keep in touch with them along their journey.   Learning from their mistakes.

    Feel free to come and visit us in Ngatea.  Cambridge isn't too far away.   Have a look at what the students do, and look at how we manage the 1:1 for our 120 students that use them.. because that is the most important part of 1:1....  (We have been doing 1:1 from year 5-8 for 3 years.)   Or feel free to email or use hangouts with me, or some of our students. 


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