Rowville Secondary College is very excited about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) again for 2020 to support classroom learning.
This will mean that all year 7-11 students and year 11-12 MSA students will be required to bring a device to school every day.
Do I need to purchase a new device for my child?
If your child already owns a device that meets the requirements, they can bring that to school and will not need to buy a new device.
If I need to buy a device for my child, where should I purchase it from?
You may purchase devices from any supplier, however, RSC has an agreement with Trident who will make a purchase portal available from the RSC website.
The Purchase Portal will contain a number of options for students at different price points. All of the options will satisfy the minimum required specifications.
What happens if my child’s device gets damaged or stolen whilst at school.
Parents are strongly encouraged to consider insurance and warranty cover for BYODs, as they are not covered by the school. Devices purchased through the Purchase Portal will have warranty and insurance options.
RSC has developed policies, protocols and procedures designed to encourage safe and responsible use, but cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of devices.
How much will BYOD cost?
We recognize that the purchase of a device is a major decision and a significant expense. A good quality device may last a number of years and viewed over the long term, the total expenses of school are considerably less.
The purpose of identifying minimum specifications is to allow families to utilise suitable devices that they already own.
The Purchase Portal that will be available from the school website.
Students will only require a maximum of 2 devices over the 6 years of their Secondary Education.
RSC has developed an Equity Policy designed to assist families experiencing financial difficulties. Please contact the College for further details.
Will my child use their device all the time?
The devices are intended to be used as tools for learning and will be used along with all the other tools available at school and home (e.g. pen, paper, calculators, books, etc).
Will students use their devices before school or during breaks?
Devices will be left in lockers during breaks. Students may be involved in special, teacher- supervised activities during breaks that require devices. In this case, the teacher-in-charge will manage the children while they collect, use and return their devices.
Will my child still use handwriting?
Yes. Devices will not totally replace handwriting. The mode of communication used will depend on the learning opportunity.
Will internet access be filtered?
Yes. All internet access via our network (WiFi and wired) is routed through NetBoxBlue Filtering for internet delivery and firewall. Whilst this is a new and sophisticated system, it is worth noting that no filter system is perfect given the dynamic nature of the internet.
Where do I purchase my child’s books?
The Campion and Jacaranda eBook portals will be open October – November 2018 for the 2019 school year: