Bring Your Own Technology: Find Out More

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) programmes are optional programmes that facilitate students being able to bring their own technology devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and other devices, from home to school assist learning both in and out of the classroom.

One of the key advantages of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) is that students can use the same device for learning at school and at home. Students also have more opportunity to use technology responsibly to gather, evaluate, construct and share knowledge and digital media, preparing them for a future where technology is a natural part of their everyday lives.

Participation in a BYOT programme is optional and a whole-school decision that is undertaken in consultation with and supported by the school and school association. Programmes can be tailored to suit individual school communities with students’ access to technology at school only available for educational purposes.

Importantly, BYOT doesn’t replace schools providing technology for student use and it is not compulsory for any student to bring their own device. BYOT schools will continue to have a mix of school-provided and student-owned devices, and will continue to provide appropriate access to IT. This ensures that BYOT programmes are equitable, and extend and enhance learning opportunities.

No BYOT programme will result in the cost of purchasing student-owned devices or software being included in general student levies and no student will be left behind in their access to technology.

A number of schools have already successfully put in place a BYOT programme that is benefiting students. We will feature more about what some of these schools are doing over coming weeks.

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