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Bring your own device

What is BYOD?

Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to students bringing a computer technology device, owned by a student or the student's family, to school for the purpose of learning. Kogarah High School has chosen a BYOD model that will meet the needs of most families according to data from current research, student surveys, parent surveys, student focus groups and staff surveys.


The purpose of BYOD is to continue technology-rich learning for all students at Kogarah High School. There will be opportunities for students to collaborate with others, connect with a global community, receive feedback from teachers, and create to show an understanding of their learning.

Educational research shows that BYOD leads to many benefits in learning. Some of these benefits are listed below:

  • Devices such as laptops are already a very significant part of students' lives. Since these devices are integral to their lives, they should be integral to their learning lives.
  • Mobile devices are part of 21st century living and integral to learning 21st century skills, which are vital for students to learn and develop. BYOD supports personalised learning for students.
  • BYOD allows learning to be even more collaborative.
  • When students are able to use their own devices, it often leads to increased motivation and engagement in learning.

Our BYOD preference and recommendation

The school recommends a laptop as the BYOD. While not mandatory, our preference is a MS Windows OS laptop.See the BYOD Information document below for further details about important minimum requirements. The laptop must be able access the school WiFi network and have specific software installed.

BYOD student agreement

Before students are able to bring their laptop to school a BYOD student agreement must be completed. Students and caregivers must sign and return the BYOD student agreement that sets out the responsibilities when using the device at school.

The signed BYOD student agreement must be returned to office prior to bringing the device to school.

BYOD School policy and guidelines (PDF 1.04 MB)

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