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BYOD program

Kincumber High School is proud to announce the launch of a new partnership agreement with HP to recommend and provide appropriate devices for our students.

There is a dedicated portal for our school community.

We often get questions from families about the most appropriate device to support the learning of their student. This HP portal shows four devices in total. These devices span a considerable price range and are all appropriate devices for learning in our school.

The four devices are:

  • HP Chromebook 11G5 - (please note that if choosing the Chromebook, you will not be able to install additional software. It operates on a web based system and relies heavily on the G-Suite  and Microsoft 365 applications (both cloud-based) that all our students have access to through their student portals) 
  • HP Probook 11EE x360
  • HP Pavillion x360 Convertible 11
  • HP Probook 430 G5

The HP portal website banner looks like this:

Students can bring:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program – consisting of chromebooks, tablets and laptops with a minimum screen size of 7.5 inches
  • NOTE: there are some legitimate but limited uses of phones as learning devices, however, they are not to be the primary BYOD device.

Who this applies to:

  • Years 7-12. All students will have permission to BYOD, however, it is up to the individual teacher to determine the volume and frequency of technology based activities in the classroom.

We have created a blog for the entire school community to follow as we begin our BYOD journey

The BYOD program

Bring Your Own Device or BYOD program allows a student to bring a personally-owned technology device such as a tablet or laptop from home and use it to connect to the school's DoE Wi-Fi network. Devices must be primarily for learning and all users must submit a signed BYOD Student Agreement before accessing the Wi-Fi network.

Why use BYOD

A literature review undertaken by the NSW Department of Education and Communities in 2013 found that the key considerations for implementing BYOD were:

  • The widespread availability of wireless internet-enabled devices.
  • The integral nature of these devices to the students' own world.
  • The possibility of leveraging students’ attachment to their own devices to deepen learning and to make learning more personalised and student-centred.

Embracing 21st Century Learning

Kincumber High School has adopted a platform of 21st Century or future-focussed skills to inform our use of technology in learning and to prepare our students for a technological future.

  • Collaboration and Communication - work cooperatively with others, at Kincumber High School and across the globe, embracing flexibility and compromise, to articulate a range of ideas in a variety of creative, digital forms.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - using various types of reasoning to apply to a range of contexts. Responding to challenges using conventional and innovative solutions.
  • Creativity and Imagination - work creatively with others to invent and develop new and exciting concepts and ideas.
  • Global Digital Citizenship - preparing students to participate in a an increasingly accessible worldwide network where an understanding of their own safety, rights and responsibilities is essential for a positive future. 

Student Responsibility

In the BYOD program, students must:

  • sign the BYOD student agreement (collect from The Deputy Principal) with their parent/carer before bringing their devices to school
  • attach a KHS BYOD sticker to show they are using an approved BYOD device
  • ensure their devices are safe and secure at all times
  • protect their devices using carry cases, screen guards, etc
  • use devices according to school and NSW DEC policies
  • NSW DEC BYOD policy

Recommended devices

Participation in BYOD is absolutely voluntary. Families are not required to purchase a technology device to support their student's learning. Students and their families are free to choose a device that best suits them according to the school's BYOD specifications.

Please note: The department's Wi-Fi network installed in high schools operates on the 802.11n 5Ghz standard. Devices that do not support this standard will not be able to connect. Update: 802.11ac will also connect to DoE Wi-Fi.  

Devices that have been reported as working well and not working on the network.

Reported Working 

  • Apple iPads
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Apple MacBook Air
  • Dell XPS Range Laptop
  • Most Chrome Book Models
  • Some Lenovo Laptops

Reported as not working

  • Some HP Laptops
  • Some Toshiba Laptops

Before purchasing a BYOD device you will need to confirm that the device's wireless capability is compatible with the School's wireless network. Wireless networks operate on the 2.4GHz and/or the 5GHz band. The Kincumber network operates only on the 5GHz band.

Each device will have details of its wireless capability in its Technical Specifications and it will look similar to one of these examples: 802.11 b/g/n, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, 802.11 (b/g/n/ac) etc. Each letter code after the 802.11 represents a different standard, the order in the list does not matter. The 'ac' standard fully supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz and can therefore be used at Kincumber. The 'n' standard can provide 5GHz but it is at the option of the manufacturer, the specifications for the device will need to state that it is dual band for it to be able to be used at the school.


Purchasing and installing software for laptops can be a significant extra cost. While families are free to choose their own software, there is a range of software available at no cost:

  • This is the website currently available (October 2016) to support the free download of Microsoft, Adobe, and more software for NSW Public School students.
  • DEC Microsoft and Adobe offer - this video explains the process but is from 2014 and slightly out of date. Video length 10:26 minutes


Watch the video Playing and Staying Safe Online (Australia)
Video length 1:46 minutes

eSafety website links:

  • eSafety replaces the Cybersmart Government website. eSafety 
  • The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. Visit Digizen 
  • Essential information for students, teachers and parents about digital citizenship and being safe, positive and responsible online.Visit the departments website Digital citizenship.