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BYOD Program

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their personally owned mobile devices to access the department’s ICT network.
Why offer BYOD?
Our data shows that our school community values the everywhere, personalised learning that the student laptop program offers. We have also found an increase in the numbers of students and families that wish to provide their own device to use within the school.
In 2016 Toolooa SHS implemented a new wireless network solution allowing non-school supplied devices to connect and operate successfully within our school network. 
This new Education Queensland approved network solution is known as BYOD.
Device selection
Before acquiring a device to use at school the parent or caregiver and student should be aware of the school’s specification of appropriate device type, operating system requirements and software. These specifications are detailed in the following document: Toolooa SHS BYOD Specifications
Warranty & Accidental Damage Protection
Laptops are expensive technical devices and they do break down and can be damaged, especially in the hands of teenagers. It is vital to ensure a fast turnaround for repairs when the need arises. 
We highly recommend every device has Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) insurance with Next Business Day (NBD) onsite warranty. You may have the option of adding ADP to your home and contents insurance policy. However, be sure that it covers the device 24/7 and while away from your home.
All vendors listed on Vendor Portal section below, offer next business day onsite warranty and accidental damage protection. However this option needs to be added to the device during checkout.  It is worthwhile to know the warranty period and exactly what is covered as this will vary between vendors.
Technical Support
The school will continue to run an IT help desk that will offer level one support for the student owned devices. However, warranty, security, insurance and maintenance will be something the parent will need to discuss with the vendor when the device is purchased.
The installation of an Anti-virus software is a compulsory requirement of connecting the BYOD to the school network solution.  Recommended Anti-virus solutions include:  Norton/Symantec (DETE offers a 3 year x $9.99 offer); Kaspersky, AVG, Avast, McAfee, and Trend.  If a solution is not detected, the ‘on-boarding’ process will cease the connection to the school network.
Free Student Office – A guide to how to download this package can be found in our Software Offers section on this webpage. Otherwise, if you are confident to go ahead with downloading the software on your own, go to: .

Local Businesses

The businesses below have recognised the importance or have experience with BYOD programs and therefore all offer devices that would suit our specifications. Please check the warranty and Accidental Damage Protection insurance with these businesses before you purchase.

· Harvey Norman
·  Officeworks