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Bring your own device

Bring your own device, or BYOD, is a technological trend in education and in the corporate world.


What is BYOD?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) allows students to bring their own devices to school, enhancing their classroom learning experience. In today's digital era, it is essential for students to master technology to excel in a constantly evolving workforce. Through collaborative problem-solving and creative thinking, students will also develop skills to use technology responsibly and ethically.

Which device?

Students are allowed to bring a laptop or notebook computer to school, provided that the device meets the specifications outlined by the school. These devices are available for purchase from various computer retailers such as Harvey Norman, JBHIFI, Bing Lee, The Good Guys, and other outlets.


Device specifications

Wireless connectivity

Wireless devices must be compatible with the 802.11n 5GHz dual-band wireless standard to connect to our network. Devices that do not meet this requirement will not be able to establish a connection.

Hardware, storage and RAM

Devices should feature at least 11-inch screen, a suitable keyboard, USB connectivity, a built-in webcam and microphone, as well as 1T storage and 16GB RAM.

Operating system

Devices should operate on the most recent version of the correct operating system.

Software and apps

For students to access the free Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud, their devices must have a web browser installed. If students need help obtaining the free software, they can reach out to the TSO for assistance.

Battery life

Devices should have a minimum battery life of 7 hours without the need for charging. Before school starts each day, devices must be fully charged. Charging devices at school is not allowed. It is the student's responsibility to ensure their devices are fully charged daily.

Get involved

To start using your device at school, students and parents need to sign the BYOD user charter which can be found on the school website or on SchoolBytes and submit it to the front office. Students are responsible for keeping their devices safe and secure and must use them in line with Bonnyrigg High School and Department of Education guidelines.

Other devices

Smartphones, iPod Touch, iPads, smartwatches, earphones, and wireless earphones are not permitted.  These devices are generally equipped with SIM cards are fall under the department's mobile phone ban.

I am concerned about device security.

Please Note: The school does not

  • own the device.
  • support the device.
  • warranty the device.


If you are concerned the device is going to be broken, lost, or stolen, you may wish to consider specific "Accidental Loss and Breakage" insurance for the device.  Another option is to check with your current insurer and see if this can be added to your contents insurance.

You may also consider using a device locator service. These services include the "Find my iPad" service built into Apple iOS devices or for Mac and Windows.

Internet access on the device will be filtered at school and students will be prohibited from connecting to other networks while at school.


Bring your own device (BYOD) student contract


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