The Macquarie College Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program has been developed to allow the College to pursue digital normalisation in education in the most efficient, and cost effective manner for parents/guardians and the College. BYOT involves personal ownership by students as they integrate technology into their engaging and efficient daily learning environment.
BYOT is not about the College being a laptop school. The intention is clearly about providing teachers and students with additional tools to assist in teaching and learning. Lunchtimes and recesses remain device free, as face to face socialising are an important part of the holistic, educational environment. This program is not about replacing aspects of our education, but rather, enhancing teacher and student
Educational Rationale for BYOT
It is clear through decades of studies, as well as a casual look at society today, that technology has a massive role to play in our students’ lives. Increased access to technology not only allows for the benefits afforded to traditional education subjects, but also allows for increased education of appropriate digital citizenship.
BYOT allows for teachers to teach appropriate online behaviours in the context of the regular teaching and learning activities. Our aim is to normalise the ICT integration into teaching, learning and life in an appropriate way, removing the aspect of the online world being an escape from parents and teachers. BYOT opens the doors to creative aspects of teaching and learning only possible through digital means.