In 2017 Spinifex State College will be rolling out Bring Your Own ‘x’ (BYOx). This new pathway helps support the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students or staff use their personally-owned mobile devices to access the department’s information and communication (ICT) network.
These mobile devices include: laptops and tablet devices. Access to the department’s ICT network is provided only if the mobile device meets the department's security requirement which, at a minimum, requires that anti-virus software has been installed, is running and is kept updated on the device.
Students and staff are responsible for the security, integrity, insurance and maintenance of their personal mobile devices and their private network accounts.
The BYOx acronym used by the department refers to the teaching and learning environment in Queensland state schools where personally-owned mobile devices are used. The ‘x’ in BYOx represents more than a personally-owned mobile device; it also includes software, applications, connectivity or carriage service.
The department has carried out extensive BYOx research within Queensland state schools. The research built on and acknowledged the distance travelled in implementing 1-to-1 computer to student ratio classes across the state, and other major technology rollouts.
We have chosen to support the implementation of a BYOx model because:
- BYOx recognises the demand for seamless movement between school, work, home and play
- our BYOx program assists students to improve their learning outcomes in a contemporary educational setting
- assisting students to become responsible digital citizens enhances the teaching learning process and achievement of student outcomes as well as the skills and experiences that will prepare them for their future studies and careers