Computer and internet


Bring Your Own x

Bring Your Own 'x' (BYOx) means exactly that: students bring their own digital devices to school, for the purposes of learning. So instead of using school-owned ICT, students use their own.

The BYOx concept recognises that students and their parents and caregivers would like to use the same digital devices at school and at home. 

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to implementing a BYOx program. Some schools may give all their students the opportunity to bring their own devices. Others may limit the program to certain year levels. 

Our BYOx program allows students to bring either a Mac or Windows device. Please refer the device specifications to check whether your device is compatible.

Device specifications

  • Machine type: Laptop or Tablet
  • Screen size: 11 inches or more (touch is optional)
  • Processor: Minimum Intel Pentium Processor (dual core) or equivalent AMD Processor
  • RAM: 4GB or higher is recommended
  • Hard Drive: 64gb minimum recommended
  • Operating system: Windows 7, 8 & 10 (Windows '10 S' version, Chromebooks are not supported currently), Mac OSX from 10.10.3 , iPad IOS from 5.0.1
  • Wireless networking capacity
  • Ports: at least one USB port (preferable), 
  • Battery life: 6+ hours
  • Important:
    -  Users of Windows and MacBooks must have local administrator rights
    -  Family Restrictions must not be enabled

Purchasing your BYO device

There are a number of options available for parents to choose from.

1.   Parents can purchase from your preferred supplier. All warranty and
service issues will be the parents’ responsibility. Beerwah State High School has no involvement in these arrangements.

2.   Renting a device is a great option. The device, warranty repairs and insurance are all bundled into an affordable weekly payment.

Mandatory conditions before accessing the school network
Students will be provided with the opportunity to connect to the school Wi-Fi network when the following conditions have been met:

  • Payment of School Resource Levy (Payment Plan available)
  • Completion of the BYOx Connectivity Request Form & ICT Responsible Use Agreement
  • Approved device that meet the school’s specifications
  • Anti-virus software installed

Theft, security & damage

Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. The school will have lockers available for hire however accepts no responsibility for the security or safety of the device.

Teachers and other staff will not store or hold on to devices.

We advise parents to consider purchasing Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) for the device.


Don’t forget to protect your investment. Ensure you purchase a protection case for your laptop or tablet device.

Students are often not very careful when they are packing their bags. Often shoving the device in their bags can damage keys or crack the screen. 

It is recommended both laptops and tablets are stored in a protective case when not in use.

Last reviewed 30 July 2019
Last updated 30 July 2019