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Picton High School understands the importance of technology in assisting students with their learning. By implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy, Picton High School will assist students in developing digital literacy, fluency and citizenship, preparing them for the future world in which they will live, learn and work. This procedure has been developed to address the increasing availability of digital technology and how it can be utilised by students to enhance their learning experiences.

The aims of the BYOD procedures at Picton High School are to:

  • Work towards the creation of a collaborative digital learning environment that supports student learning and innovative teaching practice. 

  • Ensure a minimum standard of device compatibility.

  • Enable students to use technology to enhance their learning and to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century workforce.

  • Provide the opportunity for teachers to tailor lesson delivery so that students can use their devices in class.

The BYOD framework has been designed around a single platform that enables high usability and fluid integration into the schools teaching and learning framework.

Device Purchasing

Picton High School recommends using the device purchasing portal that is available through this link Learning With Technology. This portal has been developed in conjunction with a reputable vendor in line with the Department of Education’s Business Ethics Statement. The purchase of the devices through the portal is in no way affiliated to the school but has been made available for ease of purchase for families. Whilst parents are under no obligation to purchase from the portal it is recommended as all devices have been preselected to meet the minimum device specifications, provide a variety of payment options and have been ratified to work with the school’s BYOD program.

Recommended Devices:
The following Devices are the recommended by Picton High School as a guide when purchasing a new Laptop:

  • Standard: Lenovo 11e Netbook 5th Gen - 11.6" Celeron 4GB 128GB

  • Mid: HP Probook 11EE x360 G6 - 11.6" Touch, Grey, Core i3y, 8GB, 128GB

  • High End: HP Probook 435 x360 G7 - 13.3", 8GB, 256GB

It is also highly recommended that an ‘3 Year Accidental Insurance’ cover is purchased to protect against accidental damage. Insurance will be available for purchase through the purchasing portal.

 These devices are available from the following link:

Learning With Technology

Equity Statement

Picton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, like all BYOD programs in an education setting, inherently imposes a financial cost on students and their families in supplying a device. At the same time, Picton High School BYOD program can only function if all students have access to appropriate technological resources in all their classes. Picton High School takes seriously the role of public education in ensuring all students have access to the same learning outcomes. The purpose of the BYOD Equity Policy is to establish the framework for the BYOD program to provide this for all students, irrespective of their families’ financial means.

Picton High School will:

  • Endeavour to provide personal access to appropriate technology resources to all students operating under the school’s Bring Your Own Device program in keeping with the objectives of the programs procedures and with respect to its role as a public education institution, and within the DoE Student use of digital devices and online services policy.

    Student use of digital devices and online services

  • Ensure the BYOD Program’s Device Specification is designed so that a range of devices in capability and cost are suitable and meet the Specification.

Minimum Device Specifications:

Students are required to bring to school a device that meets the following minimum specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 10+ (preferred) / MacOS

  • Memory: 4GB, 8GB or higher recommended

  • Storage: 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher

  • Wifi: 802.11n 5 GHz support

  • Battery life: minimum 6 hours

  • Screen size: 11” – 14” (touchscreen optional)

  • Maximum weight: 2kg

  • A Tablet device must have a Physical Keyboard attachment

  • Hardware features: Camera and microphone.

  • Accessories: Carry case: Supply a carry case or skin to protect the device.

Insurance and warranty:
Be aware of the terms of insurance policies/warranties for the device. The school will not accept responsibility for loss or breakage.

Back-up storage:
Consider a portable hard drive as an appropriate source of back-up storage for essential documents. Students also have access to online cloud storage.

Web Browser:
A modern web browser is required for the schools cloud based learning platforms. Some reccomended browsers include:

  • Google Chrome

  • Firefox

  • Safari

  • Microsoft Edge

Student and Parent Agreement

Devices will be managed through an online form, which is to be signed off as being done accurately in the parent agreement and implementation process. The device registration will include Students Name, Year, Device Serial Number, Make/Model and MAC Address.

Follow this button to fill out the Student and Parent Agreement and register your device.

Register BYO Device

Acceptable use of devices

The principal will retain the right to determine what is, and is not, appropriate use of devices at the school within the bounds of the department’s policies and NSW privacy and other legislation.

Any misuse of the device(s) that breaches the BYOD Policy, Internet Policy and/or Social Media Policy, will result in confiscation of the device and the revocation of the student’s BYOD agreement.

Students must comply with departmental and school policies concerning the use of devices at school while connected to the department’s Wi-Fi network.

Students should not attach any school-owned equipment to their mobile devices without the permission of the school principal or an appropriate staff member.

Students must not create, transmit, retransmit or participate in the circulation of content on their devices that attempts to undermine, hack or bypass any hardware and software security mechanisms that have been implemented by the department, its Information Technology Directorate or the school.

Students must not copy, transmit or retransmit any material that is protected by copyright, without prior permission from the copyright owner.

Students must not take photos or make video or audio recordings of any individual or group without the express written permission of each individual (including parent/caregiver consent for minors) being recorded and the permission of an appropriate staff member.

Students must not use the department’s network services to seek out, access, store or send any material of an offensive, obscene, pornographic, threatening, abusive or defamatory nature is prohibited. Such use may result in disciplinary and/or legal action.

Students and their parents/caregivers understand that activity on the internet is recorded and that these records may be used in investigations, court proceedings or for other legal reasons.

Where a school has reasonable grounds to suspect that a device contains data which breaches the BYOD Student Agreement, the principal may confiscate the device for the purpose of confirming the existence of the material. Depending on the nature of the material involved, school disciplinary action may be appropriate or further action may be taken including referral to the police. The consequences of any breaches of the school’s BYOD policy will be determined by the principal in accordance with relevant Department policies and procedures and accepted school practice.

Access to WiFi

Internet access through the department’s Wi-Fi network will be provided on departmental sites at no cost to students who are enrolled in NSW public schools.

Use the following links to configure wifi for your device:

Windows BYOD WiFi Instructions

Student Home Page

To make it easier to access school learning platforms Picton High School recommends you set your device home page to the following site or add a shortcut to your browser toolbar.


Tech Support

NSW DoE staff are under no obligation to provide any technical support on either hardware or software.

Delegated Teachers and the Technical Support Officer (TSO) where otherwise available will seek to provide some technical support for students and their devices.

It will be the responsibility of the Student to remember the procedures required to connect their type of device to the Wireless and the Internet.

Damage, Loss and Misuse

Students bring their devices onto the school site at their own risk. For advice on theft or damage of students’ personal devices, schools should refer to the Legal Issue bulletins below:

Technology misuse in schools

Claims for loss of or damage to personal property and use of private motor vehicles by staff, parents and students

In cases of malicious damage or theft of another student’s device, existing school processes for damage to school or another student’s property apply.

School Software

All NSW Department of Education school students are eligible to download and licence Adobe and Microsoft software.

This software is only available to download onto personally owned devices.

Students will need to use their @education.nsw.gov.au student email address to register on their first visit. An @education.nsw.gov.au student email address will be provided after enrollment.

Software available includes:

Additional Software

The following software is reccomended but not required:

Helpful Resources

The following are some helpful resources for parents to consider. You may wish to use and explore each to help monitor the use of their child’s digital technologies in an effort maintain safety and security within the online environment.

eSaftey Commissioner

Digital Citizenship

Values in NSW public schools

Commonsense Media Family Toolkit

Stay Safe Online – Parent resources

Google Safety Center – Family resources