With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return to school next week.
Some of the work that we’ve been doing with our partners has been published very recently and hit the headlines around the country (including in NSW, Queensland, SA, and some of the tech press). We commissioned a survey of 1,000 parents and 1,000 students – the headlines that jumped out at me from the survey included:
- One in five students have a device that doesn’t do what they need
- Two out of three parents wanted schools to recommend a range of appropriate devices
- Only 1 in 6 parents said that their school had specified the devices they should buy for their child
- One in three parents let their children device which device to buy
With Intel, we’ve created the Devices for School website to help demystify the choice for parents, and guide their decision making.
One of the things we have found is that creating ‘personas’ of students helps with the decision process – quickly helping parents narrow down from the huge range of choices. On the website we’ve narrowed it down to four simple personas that then narrow down the choices, to list ‘essential’ and ‘recommended’ aspects of the computer they need.
The website also contains a list of different styles of devices at different price bands from $199 upwards.
And if you’re responsible for rolling out a BYOD programme in a school, then you will also like the advice given under the “Ready to Buy” section, where we recommend that parents buy through the school’s IT services partner, as they’ll recommend suitable devices with the right warranties. And for parents heading to a retail store, there’s a downloadable Parent’s Checklist to help them choose.