BYOx is a program where students use a personally owned digital
device within the MacGregor SHS network. The "x" stands for the device (laptop / notebook) and all associated network resources it accesses.
Research from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has
identified Digital Literacy as a high demand enterprise skill for the future.
The MacGregor BYOx program will help equipping our students with those vital
digital skills. A laptop will help making learning a part of each student's
life, linking learning at school with learning at home. BYOx will also allow
our teachers to use different resources to meet different learning needs.
A dedicated group of MacGregor teachers continues to
research new resources and to build an evidence based strategic plan for the
use of Information Technology (IT) at MacGregor, informed by current research evidence.
What does it involve?
A good laptop is an investment that will serve your child
for at least 3-5 years. MacGregor SHS has negotiated with a number of vendors education pricing for high quality, fit-for-purpose laptops - visit Purchasing a BYOx Device page for more details - here you will also find the Minimum Specifications Recommendations if you have an existing laptop.
If you choose to purchase your own device outside of the aforementioned negotiated vendor arrangments, our IT staff can only assist with basic requests and onboarding (i.e. connecting to the school network). Repairs/warranty claims will need to be
handled by families. It is possible
some devices may not be capable of connecting to the EQ network.
A successful enrolment at MacGregor SHS requires students to
connect every day to the school network with a suitable device. We have an
equity program in place to assist families who need extra support and encourage
families to work with us to provide their student with quality digital access
as soon as possible, preferably at the start of the year. Refer to the
information and forms in the Links section of this page to join the BYOx
Program, and to apply for an equity laptop.