The head of department for information technology (HOD-IT) has attended conferences and participated in online communities to build their knowledge of BYOx. This has been used to support school planning for full implementation in 2016.
We will be selecting a student group to trial BYOx mid-2015. It is likely the classes taught by the information process technology teacher and the HOD-IT will be the trial cohorts, as these teachers have the flexibility to manage technical issues while delivering curriculum.
We have a dynamic structure for professional development for staff: at introductory level and through a self-identified, user-needs model (where the school creates or sources the required training sessions).
We also have a faculty representation structure that enables feedforward and feedback loops between information technology planners and teachers. The eLearning reference group meets fortnightly as part of the school’s staff meeting structure to consider and report on infrastructure, resources, teacher needs and eLearning strategies.
James Nash State High School currently operates 1:1 laptops for all students in years 10–12. This means class teachers can expect all students to have a laptop for learning every lesson. It is very productive for teachers and students, but it has also been very time consuming and labour hungry to manage the daily distribution and return of the school-only devices.
Teachers recognise BYOx will alleviate much of the daily work to manage distribution and return of school devices. The BYOx program will also support continuity of learning at home for those in the program. There are equity concerns and the potential negative impact on the luxury of guaranteed access for all students in all classes.