Digital Learning and BYOD Transition - Gladstone Park (03) 9933 0500

Digital Learning and BYOD Transition

Gladstone Park recognises the educational importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We value its role in improving student learning outcomes and enabling young people to engage and work in a complex world that relies on ICT.

In 2022, the school will begin its transition to being a 1:1 BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. This means that students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2022 will need to bring a laptop computer to school. The College has a commitment to providing a substantial number of computer classrooms and other digital resources for specialist subjects and for younger year levels. We want our students to have access to fully capable software and learn to use it in the same way it is in ordinary working life. We educate and expect our students to use digital technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

In order to support student use of digital technologies, students in years 10 – 12 in 2022 are expected to bring their device to school each day fully charged so they can use it in class to support their learning. Please note there will not be facilities to recharge devices at school.

For our BYOD program, we want to ensure guaranteed connectivity by clearly explaining the types of devices we are able to fully support (e.g. WiFi access, printing, etc.). We also want to ensure there are lower cost options built into the program, including students being able to bring an existing device to school so long as it meets basic minimum requirements for connecting to the College network.

Please also see the School Policies Document for our Digital Learning Policy, which includes our Acceptable Use Agreement.

BYOD Program Rationale

BYOD Options

GPSC Approved Purchasing Portal

College Minimum Requirements for BYOD Devices

BYOD Program Rationale

  • To enable all students to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, practices and attitudes necessary to be engaged, robust digital citizens capable of shaping our future.
  • To enable all students to have access to technology to support and enhance their learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
  • To ensure a range of options are provided that allow access to the program for all students.
  • To provide ready access to a large variety of digital learning applications used across the school such as:
    • Microsoft Office 365 (a range of applications including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint and Outlook for student and staff access to Gladstone Park Secondary College email)
    • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and more)
    • Compass Education (Student Management Tool)
    • ClickView (Access to several thousand videos, allowing teachers and students to access videos quickly, anywhere, anytime).


BYOD Options

There are two options available for 2022 Year 10 – 12 students. Both options allow the College to:

  • effectively connect the student’s computer to the College wireless network
  • provide the appropriate supports for students to support their learning (e.g. software, printing, WiFi)
  • coordinate onsite support if technical issues arise (this is only for devices purchased through the College approved BYOD portal).

Option 1 – Purchase a device through the College approved BYOD portal.

Purchasing brand new devices is available via a GPSC approved web portal. Whilst slightly more expensive, the benefit of purchasing through the GPSC approved web portal is an option for warranty and access to onsite servicing and repairs to these devices. This means if anything goes wrong with the device, you simply drop it into the appropriate laptop repair office at the College. Return times of the device will vary depending on the supplier and the devices issue.

This will initially cost: the price of the device for the family, plus any additional insurance, warranties and add-ons that are purchased through the portal. The College recommends insurance for their child’s device. The Department of Education and Training (DET) does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

GPSC Approved Purchasing Portal

Go to the GPSC Approved Portal ( to see options for purchasing a device.

Option 2 – Bringing a device that meets the School’s minimum requirements.

Students may already have a device at home that meets the College minimum requirements (below). In that case they can bring their device to School and once the student and parent have accepted the Acceptable User Agreement, can then connect to the college WiFi. The same applies for an independently purchased device. Important: At this time the College does not support Google Chromebooks, Android tablets, iPads etc.

Please note that the College will not be able to provide onsite servicing and repairs to these devices as it will void your warranty. In cases of hardware faults and damages, you will need to contact your original supplier or a reputable computer store for assistance.

College Minimum Requirements for BYOD Devices

If you choose to bring your own device (option 2), the following technical requirements are needed to ensure the devices can connect to the College network; can function with the digital technologies used by the College; and provide access to all learning opportunities.

  • Devices must have a minimum screen size of 11.3”
  • Devices must operate with either Windows 10 or MacOSX (latest version)
  • Have an advertised battery life of at least 8 hours
  • Built-in camera
  • Adequate internal storage capacity – 128Gb Minimum
  • Adequate memory capacity – 4GB Minimum
  • Identification of student details clearly labelled on the device for all students carrying their BYOD to school.

If you have any questions, please contact us using the school email address.

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