BYOD is a school policy that enhances digital capacity in students to ready them for the future workplace. Students bring a device to facilitate deeper, more personalised and student-centred learning.
Students are encouraged to bring a device to assist with their learning. All digital devices used in schools are covered by the Student Use of Digital Devices and Online Services policy. Support is available from the ICT staff to assist students in connecting their device to the DET WiFi network, as well as accessing and installing the free software (Microsoft & Adobe programs) available on the DoE Student Portal.
Students and parents/carers must understand that Kurri Kurri High School takes no responsibility for the safety of personal digital devices used under the BYOD program and no action will be taken by school staff to repair or resolve issues with these devices outside of network connection and software installs. When purchasing devices parents/carers may also have the option to purchase an insurance policy from the supplier or relevant insurance company to cover damages or issues that arise.
To simplify purchasing for parents we have partnered with 2 resellers, Learning with Technology (LWT) and JB HiFi to provide curated options for student laptops and accessories. We have recommended several devices across a broad price range that meet all the requirements of a device best suited to use in our classrooms. Purchases can be picked up in store or shipped directly to your home address. For Online Ordering please refer to the links below:
JB Hi-Fi - school code KurriKurri2023
Learning with Technology (LWT)
The use of existing devices is whole-heartedly encouraged. If students have an existing laptop that they would like to use for our BYOD program that meets the requirements outlined below, then it is suitable for use as a BYOD.
A protective case is essential for all student devices. Our school recomends cases with hard protective sides to guard against damage.
Required Specifications for Bring Your Own Devices
Wireless 802.11abgn/ac 2.4 or 5GHz.
Our school encourages the use of Windows or Macintosh laptop operating systems. We do NOT recommend the use of Chromebooks or Tablet devices (e.g., iPads) as these devices are not suitable for many projects which require custom software programs.
Software and apps:
No required software - Microsoft & Adobe software is available from the DoE student portal for free, and assistance installing these programs is offered by teachers or ICT Faculty staff at our school.
Minimum 6-hour (8 recommended) battery life.
Storage and RAM:
Minimum 128GB Hard Disk & Minimum 8GB RAM
Minimum screen size of 11”
Accessories and other considerations:
Sturdy protective case, optional mouse for programs that require more capability than laptop trackpad.
Need more help?
For further information, please contact Bryce Jacobs (Technology Coordinator)) - via the school switch or email email@example.com
KKHS BYOD Documents
- BYOD Student Agreement (PDF - 89KB)
- BYOD Student Responsibilities (PDF - 84KB)
- BYOD Procedures (PDF - 84KB)
- BYOD FAQ (PDF - 91KB)
Connecting to Internet at School
Free Student Software
All students have access to free software from Microsoft and Adobe as part of the DoE Enterprise Agreement. Students also have access to online cloud storage using Office365 and G Suite platforms. No additional software purchases are required for student devices. (Please note - Software cannot be installed on Chromebooks). See below for installation guides.
Microsoft Office Install Guide
KKHS encourages students to be positive digital citizens when using technology for learning at school. For more information and resources see DoE Digital Citizenship
Canvas Learning Management System
All students have free access to our Canvas Learning Management System. Canvas is an online platform that makes teaching and learning easier and more engaging. Teachers and students collaborate in a secure online platform that can be accessed 24/7 from any internet connected device. Structured learning content, assignments, teacher feedback and notifications are all easily accessible within Canvas. Parents can also access Canvas as observers to stay up to date with student progress.
Need more help?
For further information, please contact Mr Bryce Jacobs (Whole School Technology Coordinator) - via the school switch or email Bryce.Jacobs1@det.nsw.edu.au