Why Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

BYOD refers to students being allowed to bring a personally-owned device to school to complement their learning in the classroom. In this digital age students need to be highly skilled and productive users of technology to prepare them for a rapidly changing workforce. Students will learn to solve problems collaboratively and creatively, and learn to use technology safely and ethically.

Which device?

Students may bring a laptop or notebook computer to school. The device should meed the specifications recommended by the school below.

Device specifications:

  • Wireless compatibility/connectivity: Devices must support the 802.11n 5GHz wireless dual band wireless standard. Devices that are purchased through the recommended supplier, The School Locker, will conform to BPHS wireless network standard.
  • Operating system: Devices should have the current or a recent version of the relevant operating system installed, such as Windows 10 or Apple OS X 10
  • Battery life: Devices must have a minimum 6 hours battery life to last the school day and fully charged each day from home.
  • Storage and RAM: They should have 265GB storage and 4GB ram to process and store data effectively.
  • Screen size: Minimum sized screen - 11 inches. Recommended size - 12 inches.
  • Hardware features: USB connectivity (USB 2 or USB 3), camera, microphone port and earphone port. Stylus (optional).
  • Software and apps: Devices must have a web browser installed, as well as software that allows for note-taking and word processing, creation of spreadsheets and presentations. Devices should also include appropriate anti-virus software for greater security. All NSW students are eligible to download Microsoft's products free from the Student Portal.
  • Other considerations: Tough and sturdy casing to avoid breakage. Lightweight for easy carrying.

For more information read BPHS BYOD Policy and FAQs and The School Locker list of recommended devices.