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BYOx eLearning Program

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At Mackay State High School, our eLearning vision ensures technology is a tool used to enhance teaching and learning. Technology in education facilitates the creation and sharing of knowledge, it is more than just a method of retrieving information. IT devices are a powerful means of differentiating and personalizing a student’s education. Mackay State High School is committed to moving students and staff forward in a contemporary learning environment. 

Our eLearning program responds to the ever-changing, global-working environment and gives our students the tools and know-how to allow them to succeed. Today’s students are born into a world that has digital technology as a standard, not a luxury. As a school, we aim to deliver learning anywhere and anytime, and the BYOx eLearning Program is the perfect solution, together with innovative teaching strategies. We need to challenge students to engage and learn in ways that they will use in the workforce and as productive and responsible digital citizens.

Program Details

BYOx (Bring Your Own ‘x') means exactly that: students bring their own digital device to school for the purpose of learning. The ‘x’ in BYOx represents more than a privately-owned device, it also includes software, applications, connectivity and appropriate behaviours. At Mackay State High School, students are able to bring an IT device that best supports their learning needs provided it meets Mackay State High School’s Specifications. 

Parents need to give careful consideration when purchasing a device for their student. Check the BYOx eLearning Program Specifications (PDF 82KB) sheet for appropriate device types, operating system requirements and software. A suitable device should last your student a minimum of three (3) years (e.g. Years 7, 8 and 9 or Years 10, 11 and 12). When choosing a device remember to consider what your student is likely to study in the remainder of their Junior Secondary or Senior School years? Consider if your student will undertake any “technical subjects” (see Pgs 2-3 of the 2017 BYOx eLearning Program Guide for Parents and Students (PDF 269KB).

We highly recommend that all devices have warranty which covers the expected life of the device, for example three years. Warranties cover hardware problems caused by faults in manufacturing.

Insurances are also highly recommended. Some retailers may offer insurances or the device can be covered under your Home Contents insurance. In most instances, you will need to specify the device on the policy. Please check with your insurer.

Accidental Damage Coverage: Accidental damage is unfortunately, a common occurrence in schools. When purchasing your device please learn about your options to purchase Accidental Damage protection. This covers your device for accidental damage on and off the school campus. All BYOx devices must be housed in a protective case at school to minimise this risk. 
Lost or Theft: This protection may also be included in your Home Contents insurance or be available for purchase from your computer retailer or insurance company.

Equity Program

Mackay State High School's Equity Committee seeks to address and provide a standardised process for addressing issues of equity.
 

The committee acknowledges there are a range of equity issues that collectively affect students at Mackay State High School, including but not limited to financial disadvantage. The Equity Committee’s position is that any student whose individual case presents a genuine need for assistance should be considered. The Equity Committee exists to evaluate all applications presented in an impartial manner. It is important to note that while the Equity Committee seeks to address equity and social justice issues arising primarily as a result of a student’s socio-economic status, the scope of assistance available is limited and cannot address all inequality.

Laptop loan program

The committee has endorsed the lending of school laptops to students who due to their circumstances would otherwise not have a computer for school. The criteria that applicants will need to address are difficult circumstances and/or disadvantaged financial background. Application forms are available from the Administration Office. 

Further information on equity is available on the Student Services and Support Programs page under the Support and Resources tab above

Purchasing Portals

To assist parents with purchasing a device, we have partnered with two companies to provide a range of Education friendly devices and accessories which meet Mackay State High School specifications and requirements. Devices available through these portals are specifically designed for use in schools and are not available through the normal retail outlets.

The portals are:

Dell              https://myschoolshop-qld.datacom.com.au/mackayshs
                         Access Key: mackayshs                       PIN: parent 
 
Acer             http://byod.acer.com.au/school/mshs/index.php
 

Devices on these portals have 3 years warranty standard and the option to purchase Accidental Damage cover and Loss and Theft cover, as well as, a range of backpacks, cases and other accessories. Warranty repairs for products on the Dell and Acer Portals can be conducted at Mackay State High School's ICT Services Centre during school hours.  

Alternatively, many local retailers can provide devices which meet the Mackay State High School’s BYOx eLearning Program Specifications (PDF 61KB).

The school provides a BYOx Device Check List (DOC 181KB) document and service which can be used when purchasing a device. If you are uncertain about a device/s, then fill in the Check List and return it to Mackay State High School's ICT Services Centre for technical approval.

Software

FREE Microsoft Software for Students’ Personal Computers

All state school students from Prep–Year 12 can now download multiple free copies of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite to their personal home and mobile computer equipment.

Students who want the free software will need an active school email account and password — those who don‘t should contact ICT Services at school, who will help students activate their email account.

Information on downloading and installing a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 is included in the documents:

How to Install Office 365 on Windows (PDF 345KB) 

How to Install Office 365 on Mac (PDF 893KB)

Virus/Malware Protection:

Antivirus software is mandatory for connection to the school network.

We recommend Norton by Symantec, available to Education Queensland students at $9.99 for 12 months or $29.99 for 36 months. To access this offer, students should log into The Learning Place website and look for the "Exclusive Security Offer".

Connection Process

  1. Student must have returned the ICT Responsible Use Policy (121KB) signed, to ICT Services Centre.
  2. Pay $35 BYOx Connectivity Fee at the General Office (NOTE: all previous school fees need to be fully paid).
  3. Student presents receipt to ICT Services Centre (located on Evan Street side of Technology Building. Student will receive receipt back. If receipt lost, obtain reprint from General Office.)
  4. Student's device is connected at ICT Services and connection label attached. Label must remain attached and visible at all times
 

If you have any further queries, please email: BYOx@mackayshs.eq.edu.au

Documentation

BYOx Device Checklist (DOC 181KB): Available to check a pre-exiting device or when purchasing a device. Parents/students can complete checklist and hand in/email to ICT Services who will notify if a device is suitable.

2017 BYOx eLearning Program Guide for Parents and Students (PDF 269KB): Contains useful information to consider when purchasing a student device.

BYOx eLearning Program Specifications (PDF 61KB): Requirements when purchasing a student device.

ICT Responsible Use Policy (121KB) Manditory policy document explaining rules for using technology at Mackay State High School. Signed by parents and students on enrolment. Manditory policy document explaining rules for using technology at Mackay State High School. Signed by parents and students on enrolment.