2020 BYOx Program

​In 2020, we are continuing and expanding Talara Primary College’s voluntary “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOx) program.
After a highly successful introduction of this program to Year 6 in 2019 we have, with the support of our P&C Association, decided to open up the option of BYOx to our Year 5 families also for 2020.  
By growing this program we expand the opportunities to support our students in their investigations and engagement in the digital learning space/s that will be created with the students in their classrooms. 
Our Year 5 & 6 students will be the only students with this privilege in 2020 as they lead the BYOx program for our college.
For more information about the 2020 BYOx program, parent information sessions will be held on:
  • Wednesday 21 August at 9:00am in the Music Room and 
  • Wednesday 28 August at 6:00pm in the Hall.  
At this information session, you will hear from our eLearning Teacher Mr Wade Thompson, our Principal Mr Stephen Adams and the Year 5/6 Deputy Principal, Ms Kristy Walton.
This is a very exciting time for Talara Primary College and the Year 5 & 6 students of 2020.
All students will still interact with each other face to face - there will be lots of designing, model making and even building, and ICT tools will be used as aids to learning, not BE the learning.Of course, parents/caregivers may choose not to take up this opportunity and not provide a personal device.  Their students will have access to a classroom based device, with a ratio similar to that which currently exists in our Year 4 – Year 6 classes. Students who are accessing their digital learning space through school devices will not be able to take school devices home with them. Online spaces used at school should be able to be accessed on home computers, assuming they have internet connectivity.
The Department of Education has recently released the latest update to its Strategic Plan, something it does every year to ensure a consistency of vision within an ever-changing world. This year, the Department of Education has included some statistics that influence how we teach and learn.
•    The Internet of Things – everything connected all the time•    By 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will be employed by the gig economy•    By 2021 we will consume 278 exabytes (1EB = 1 billion GB) of information every month•    Up to 44% of current jobs may be automated in the future
The world our children and grandchildren will inherit will be – and it already is – a digital world.
Technology devices are simply tools. At school, technology devices are tools for learning and teaching; they are tools for communicating, collaborating and being creative. They are also tools that help us make connections, share our knowledge and understanding and enable us to experience places, communities and expertise far removed from our homes and familiar environments.
Our school community is passionate about ensuring every child experiences success with their learning every day. We are committed to providing high quality services in all that we do.
To achieve this, committed staff display enthusiasm, dedication and high level teaching skills to deliver personalised programs that are responsive to students’ needs and interest.
All students will engage in the National Curriculum and participate in a rigorous school based assessment and monitoring schedule throughout the year, to ensure your child’s academic progress is kept foremost in our minds and informs the teaching and learning process.
Our classrooms offer contemporary learning environments enriched by the latest in technology, to enhance learning and provide a portal to the world beyond the four walls of a classroom.
We are very excited at the future potential outcomes that BYOx can provide students at Talara Primary College, with individualised learning for each student, allowing them to learn the way that best suits them. 
We hope you join in our excitement and enthusiasm and meet for all things BYOx, at our parent information sessions in August. 
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Last reviewed 11 December 2019
Last updated 11 December 2019