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.
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. 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”.
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.
The school provides a BYOx Device Check List 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.
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.
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 on Windows Laptops (PDF 1.13MB)
How to Install Office on Apple MacBooks (PDF 2.45MB)
Antivirus software is mandatory for connection to the school network.
Windows 10 comes with "Windows Defender" virus and threat protection built in, and meets the requirements for connecting to the school network
In order to connect your student BYOx laptop to the school internet, please follow the below easy to follow videos that will outline the connection process.
Connecting a Windows 10 Device.
Connecting a Windows 11 Device.
Connecting an Apple Mac Book.
Connecting an Apple iPad.
BYOx eLearning Program Guide for Parents and Students (PDF 689KB) Contains information to about purchasing, maintaining and getting the most from a student device.
BYOx Device Specifications (PDF 345KB) Minimum requirements for a student device to be compatible with Mackay State High School network infarstucture.
ICT Responsible Use Policy (PDF 227KB) Mandatory policy document explaining rules for using technology at Mackay State High School. Signed by parents and students on enrolment.