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during school time. One of the concerns
that has prohibited schools taking that
step relates to the distraction of social
networking during class. This has been
experienced at Ravenswood as well.
However, incidents such as these are
handled in the same manner as any
other pastoral care issue.
There are also technology infrastructure
challenges that have had to be
considered, as we handle the increased
number of devices being connected to the
School's wireless network and to meet
the connectivity demands of staff and
students. Some students are connecting
to the wireless network with two or three
devices. We have managed this challenge
with the creation of an almost separate
wireless network for the students.
The first step in building a robust
network meant ensuring the internet
connection was reliable and scalable.
Ravenswood connects directly into
Australia's Academic and Research
Network (AARNet), which provides
a high-capacity internet service. As
AARNet is focused on education,
research and innovation, the School
benefits from more tailored educational
Once the BYOT policy began the
internet download skyrocketed, and
a component of our IT spend will be
redirected to continuing to ensure a
robust network to handle the demand of
BYOT and each student connecting with
Ravenswood completed its strategic
ICT plan for 2013-2015 last year. The
experiences of BYOT informed the
strategic ICT planning process and the
journey towards a dedicated approach
for transparent technology integration.
Ravenswood will adapt the current
BYOT policy to align with the larger
ICT strategic plan for 2013-2015. The
type of device students can bring will
be stipulated for Years 5 to 9, while the
current BYOT policy will remain in place
for Years 10 to12.
The key themes of the strategic ICT
plan include seamless access to
technology and the integration of a
digital citizenship and literacy plan from
Kindergarten to Year 12 for both staff
and students. The plan embeds planned
professional development for staff with a
focus on improving their digital literacy
to equip them with the confidence to
model positive digital citizenship and
use of technology to students.
The plan's overall vision is to prepare
students for a global and digitally
connected world effectively, ethically
and responsibly. So, while the BYOT
policy will adapt and change to align
with the plan, the policy will still allow
for what most educators agree is one of
the most important tenets of education:
personalised learning, which is achieved
when students own their learning.
PRINCIPAL, RAVENSWOOD SCHOOL FOR
Ravenswood is a day and boarding school for
girls with 1100 students from Kindergarten to
IN 2012 technology solutions company,
Dell, commissioned Intelligent Business
Research Services Ltd (IBRS) to report
on how schools in Australia and New
Zealand are responding to the rapid
uptake by students of mobile digital
technologies. The IBRS report, BYOD
in education: Nine conversations for
successful BYOD decision making, draws
on a series of interviews and roundtables
with technical and teaching staff. Written
by analyst Joseph Sweeny, the report
looks at issues and trends and provides
'trigger' questions for schools to consider
when developing IT strategies.
The report found there is no one firm
definition of what constitutes BYOD in
education and offers an alternate lexicon
of school practices:
SOD: School Owned Device. The school
procures and owns the device, which is
given to students on either a temporary
or permanent basis.
BYOSD: Bring Your Own Standard Device.
Students procure a device from a limited
selection dictated by the school. The devices
are most often fully funded and owned by
the student, but managed by the school.
BYOOD: Bring Your Own Other Device.
The school provides a 'baseline' device
(eg laptop or slate) and allows students
to connect other consumer devices to the
school's network and services.
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device. The student
chooses, procures and owns the device.
The school may provide a managed
educational environment using VDI (virtual
desktop infrastructure) or remote access, or
provide a web-based learning management
system. The school may demand a specific
operating system or software solution to be
installed on the device.
BYOS: Bring Your Own Stuff. The
student procures and owns the device,
and has complete control over the
software and services used. The school
only provides network connectivity,
content through a standard (web-based)
learning management environment, and
EAAS: Education as a Service. The school
acts purely as an internet-based resource
for learning. The student selects and
owns their device(s) and software, and
provides their own network infrastructure
(using 3G or 4G wireless networking).
The school provides educational
content, access to educators, teaching
environment and essential administration
The IBRS-DELL report is free to download at
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