Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a school program that allows
students from years 4 to 7 to bring their own iPad to school and use in the classroom
as an additional learning tool.
The BYOD presentation slides are available here for parents who were unable to attend the BYOD information evening.
Q: What iPad do I buy?
A: All iPads currently sold by Apple are fine for our BYOD program, however larger display models (9.7"+) and the addition of a physical keyboard are recommened.
Q: I am not sure if I can afford an iPad at this time, what can I do?
A: Walkerville Primary's BYOD program is focused on equality of access which is partly the reason we choose to use iPads as they are a low cost BYOD solution. Please contact the school so that we can assist you in finding a purchasing solution, we may also be able provide a loan iPad for use while at school however it cannot be taken off premisis. We do not discriminate against second hand devices providing the overall health of the iPad is in good standing (e.g. battery allows for a full day of use).
Q: Can I use a Macbook, Windows tablet, Android, etc instead of an iPad?
A: No, (unless you were apart of the old program prior to 2016) we have developed our BYOD program around a single App ecosystem - i.e. Apple's App Store. This allows us to produce concise documentation, training and educational/technological solutions for staff and students. This ensures the technology is uniform and most effective in delivering improved learning outcomes through the use of these devices. Ultimately our aim in choosing a single device was to reduce overhead which in turn allows students and teachers focus on continuing learning/teaching.
Q: I am apart of the old program prior to 2016, do I now need to buy an iPad?
A: Absolutely not, Walkerville Primary will continue to support this device's use at school. If you would like to switch to an iPad that is fine, however due to licensing restrictions it cannot be joined to MDM.
The school does not provide repairs/support for BYOD devices. If the device is broken or malfunctioning it is up to the owner to resolve these issues. Please make yourself familar with our BYOD Policy for further conditions.