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Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy at Dapto High School

Dapto High School encourages students to bring their computing devices to school through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. This initiative empowers students to take control of their learning, fostering digital citizenship, and developing crucial technology skills for school, work, and life.

Maintaining an open BYOD policy, Dapto High School provides families with the freedom to choose a device. While tablets are permitted, we've found that laptops offer the most optimal experience for students.

To support the BYOD program, we offer access to free software, including Office 365, Google G Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud, all provided for students. No additional software purchase is necessary, and students can access these services using their @education email address.

It is crucial for every student to have a charged working device every day. We request that families make this a part of their daily routine, checking the device, ensuring it is in good working order, and charging it every night for the next school day.

To further assist students with their devices, Dapto High School employs a full-time Technical Support Officer available to answer any questions you may have.

We understand that providing devices for each child can be challenging for some families. As a cost-effective solution, we recommend Chromebooks. For more information, please refer to the BYOD page on the Dapto High School website. If you have any further questions, require additional information, or need a temporary loan of a laptop, please do not hesitate to contact either:

· Deputy Principal - Darcy Moore · Email: darcy.moore@det.nsw.edu.au

· Technical Support Officer - Adam Toole · Email: adam.toole5@det.nsw.edu.au

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring the success of our BYOD program



HP Portal - Click here to visit Dapto High School Portal

HP Portal and Specifications

We would like to inform you about the HP Portal, an option for purchasing laptops for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at Dapto High School. Access the HP Portal at www.hp.com.au/byod, and use the school log-in code: Daptohs

Dapto High School highly recommends buying a laptop from our HP Portal, offering devices specifically designed for daily school use. One notable advantage is the option to purchase Accidental Damage Protection, covering drops, spills, and cracked screens. Be sure to select this option during the laptop purchase; payment for insurance is a separate transaction made after the purchase.

Key features of purchasing from the HP Portal include:

· Accidental Damage Protection: Safeguard your investment with coverage for drops, spills, and cracked screens.

· Competitive Pricing: Access affordable options for durable laptops designed for daily use.

· Extended Warranty: Enjoy a 3-year warranty, providing additional coverage beyond the standard one-year warranty.

For families on a budget, we recommend Chromebooks. These devices are designed for internet use, with a simple design similar to an Android phone. Chromebooks offer a quick and secure device, suitable for most tasks through the Chrome Browser.

For BYOD specifications, please consider the following guidelines:

· RAM: 8GB minimum; and above recommended.

· Storage: 256GB minimum; and above with a solid-state hard drive.

· Size: 14” or smaller, ensuring portability for daily travel to school and home.

· Protective Case: Essential for safeguarding the device; please ensure regular use.

We strongly advise against purchasing tablets, iPads, etc. For non-Chromebook options, investigate devices with the specifications outlined above. Additionally, for any high-end, high-priced laptop, explore suitable insurance options.

Thank you for your attention to these guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that students have suitable devices for their educational needs


Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents saved automatically and securely through the cloud. Chromebooks are a great low-cost option for families on a budget, they are available from retailers.

Plagiarism policy

Plagiarism is copying the work of somebody else & claiming it as your own. This person can be an author, artist, photographer or another student.

The most common (but not all) actions students do to plagiarise are:

  1. Copy from a source (e.g., book, another student or web site) & hand it in to their teacher as their own,
  2. Change a few words in a sentence & claim it all as their own work,
  3. Copy images & not acknowledges source.

Students need to respect the work of others & reference sources of information in a bibliography. It is also important to use quotes "    " when using words of another author.

Remember, it is always better to put information into your own words. This lets teachers know you have understood the work.

If a student is not sure of what to do then refer to your teacher or to the Teacher Librarian.

All students need to be aware that plagiarism will be penalised by zero marks or N awards.

Adobe Creative Cloud is FREE! 

From the start of Term 4 2020, access to the latest applications available in Adobe Creative Cloud is via single sign-on for all students and staff, for work-at-home (WAH) use on personal devices!  The department's Adobe software intranet page has been updated with the latest information. A special information page for students is also available.