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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program​


In response to the changing requirements of the curriculum and the rapidly shifting technological landscape, Murrumba State Secondary College has been focused on providing the best opportunity for students to engage in digital learning through the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program.  Furthermore, developing contemporary 21st Century skills is a priority of both the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) in the curriculum.  The priority details skills such as investigating, creating, communicating and operating using ICT’s that are embedded into a range of curriculum areas in order to skill the students for the 21st Century.

The iPad BYOD program for Years 7 and 8 has been very successful and will be extended to Year 9 in 2017.  Daily usage includes: digital textbooks, taking photos, note taking, concept mapping, drafting, planning, report writing, making short of iMovies, short formative assessments, polling, discussion boards, email, online course content (Learning Place), subject specific apps and online testing.

We highly recommend parents/caregivers view the iPad Resources and iPad Usage​ information on the MSSC website for set up and use of iPads at Murrumba State Secondary College.

Due to the success of the BYOD program to date, it is being extended to all Year levels.  The following information outlines the 2017 BYOD program for parents/caregivers and students.

2017 BYOD Program

 





To connect to the college network the BYOD Acceptable Use form needs to be completed and returned to iServices.

 

2017 Minimum​​ Specifications

The College recommends that a device be chosen that meets the minimum specifications below and enables suitability for curriculum based activities.  Student subject choices and interests should be considered when deciding on a device.  Other considerations (for example: amount of typing, multitasking and handwriting recognition) when choosing between an iPad, Windows device (Surface RT not supported) or a MacBook is outlined in the MSSC Student BYOD Charter Agreement on the College website.

 

Recommended specifications are the minimum requirements if a student chooses the following subjects due to the use of software required for these courses: 

·                     Technology subjects - ICT, ITS, IPT & Graphics.

·                     Creative Industries subjects - Visual Art and FTVNM

 




 

NOTE: It is mandatory for all devices to have a protective case and antivirus software.  It is also strongly recommended that the device be added to home and contents insurance to cover it from accidental damage.

 

Purchasing Portal

 

The College has researched and negotiated with Datacom to develop a Parent Purchasing Portal that provides the best benefits to our students.  The portal provides a range of devices that meet our minimum specifications, suitable for the BYOD program for Year 7 to 12.  

  • Access to extended warranties and onsite repairs
  • Access to finance options
  • Helpdesk Support

 

MSSC Datacom Linkhttps://myschoolshop-qld.datacom.com.au/murrumba

Username: mssc

Password: mssc

 

 

NOTE:  Parents/caregivers are not required to purchase through this portal and can purchase from any retailer or use an existing device that meets the minimum specifications.

 

Microsoft Office 2016

 

All Queensland state school students can now download multiple free copies of the latest Microsoft Office to their personal home computers and mobile devices.  All you need is your child’s school email address to sign in.  With Office 2016, your child will have access to the latest version of Word for writing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, OneNote for organisation and notetaking, and much more.

 

You can install a complete version of the latest Microsoft Office on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, five tablets and five smartphones. Your Office subscription lasts for as long as your child is a state school student.

 

Ask your child to follow these simple steps to get Office:

·         For PC and Mac, visit portal.office.com, login using your school email address, click through to install and follow the onscreen process.

·         For tablets and smartphones, download from your app store and sign in with your school email address.

Visit www.education.qld.gov.au/office2016 for instructions on how to download and install Office 2016 to your personal home computers or BYO Device.  Documents are also accessible at the top right hand side of this page.

Information & Communication Technology Acceptable Use

 

Students are responsible for all activities carried out on their personal network account.

General Network Responsibilities – Students will NOT:

 

  • Share their password with anyone else
  • Use another student’s network account
  • Allow another student to use their account
  • Attempt to change the network in any way
  • Install/use any software other than that provided by the College
  • Attempt to bypass security
  • Store inappropriate material in their network account (e.g. non-program related files, .exe files, personal files, games) 
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