Masterclasses: 22 March 2017

Conferences & Expo: 23 - 24 March 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre






Implementing and getting the most from your BYOD / BYOT investment

Wednesday 22nd March 2017



Matthew Robinson

ICT Manager,
Lowanna College (VIC)

Cameron Nicholls

Assistant Principal,
Warragul Regional College (VIC)


Blake Seufert

Systems Manager,
McKinnon Secondary College



Schools continue to invest significantly in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) programs. What processes, policies and mindsets are needed to leverage these technology investments in a manner that genuinely improves teaching and learning?  From managing financial and human ICT resources to working out what your core services are, this Masterclass will bring you to the leading edge of technologies and strategies to keep you digitally ahead of the game. 


Who Should Attend?

  • IT and Network Managers
  • ICT Integrators / Facilitators
  • Technical Heads of Learning Spaces
  • Library / Business Management with IT Resourcing responsibilities


Why Attend?

  • This Masterclass will explore technologies, implementation strategies and policy trends for school BYOD / BYOT programs
  • Find out what technical infrastructure is required to manage wireless coverage, peak load, network speed, network capacity, and fast internet access for school BYOD programs.  Discover how best to test and tune your school network.
  • Learn from cases studies demonstrating the technological plumbing required for chromebook, apple iPad and PC devices. 
  • Uncover best practice for managing ICT teams, and supporting and managing staff, student and parent expectations in relation to core services. 
  • Discover the leadership required to roll out digital professional learning, backed up by professional experience, feedback and coaching.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with parents and students about where ownership and usage responsibilities lie e.g. for damage and repair, and how to effectively manage school communications via both web and email.


Attendance at National FutureSchools Expo counts towards PD/professional learning activities  which you can record  with your relevant state teacher registration board.


What To Bring?

  • Please BYO laptop device, not just a tablet or iPad.  Wireless Internet is provided.



8:30 | Arrival

9:00 | Commencement

9:00 – 9:45 | Session 1: Defining BYOD and understanding the expectations of your school community   
Most secondary schools in Victoria and an increasing number of primary schools are now teaching in an environment where each student has access to their own learning device.  Exactly how these devices are provisioned between school is often quite different based on school and community expectations.  

Today teachers, students and their families come to school with an expectation that they will be able to connect and use their personal technology in the same way they are increasingly doing in home, at work, in public spaces, community centres and businesses.  

In this session participants will explore the different models of BYOD including the advantages, disadvantages and infrastructure requirements of each model.  Together participants will unpack how schools can address the increasing expectations of the school community. 

Desired Outcome:   By the end of this session participants will have an understanding of the most common approaches to BYOD including the benefits and limitations of each model.  Participants will explore steps their own school might take to meet the increasing expectations of the community. 


9:45 – 10:30 | Session 2: Managing the financial, time and human resources to achieve the right results
Moore’s Law states that every two years the power of computing doubles and sometimes it feels like so does the cost!  What financial, time and human resources are required to achieve the right results and how do you measure your return on investment? Do you have the right person, for the right job, at the right price?  

In this session participants will explore how the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Information Technology as a Service (ITaaS) is changing the work of IT leaders and the IT workforce in schools.  Participants will have the opportunity to hear how effective schools align and manage resources to deliver desired outcomes. 

Desired Outcome:  By the end of this session participants will have an understanding of the impact of IoT and ITaaS on traditional models of technology delivery and resourcing.  Participants will explore steps their own school might take to maximise the effective use of school resources.  


10:30 – 11:00 | Morning Tea 

11:00 – 12:45 | Session 3: How do effective schools manage IT essential / core services to ensure learning is not interrupted?  
Schools today are heavily reliant on technology so what happens when the technology fails? Too often when critical technology fails teachers lose confidence in technology and classroom innovation is stifled.  To ensure students keep learning, schools need to be able to identify the essential/core services and prioritise the maintenance of these systems while still pushing to continuously improve.  

In this session participants will have the opportunity to identify the essential / core services in their own school and explore how these services can be monitored in a way that's simple, actionable and identifies areas for improvement.  Together participants will explore exactly what matters in their school. 

Desired Outcome: By the end of this sessions participants will have identified their schools essential / core services and developed some tools that may be used to monitor performance and identify areas for improvement.   


12:45 – 13:45 | Lunch


13:45 – 14:55 | Session 4: Managing and leading IT teams in schools  
Within any IT environment in a school, whether it's school owned devices, managed BYOD or full BYOD the IT Team are the integral part of making the ecosystem function.  Successful teams have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each member of the team and share a common vision and values. 

In this session participants will learn how some of Victoria's most innovative schools manage their IT teams in order to achieve their vision.  Participants will hear about what is takes to create, foster and encourage an effective IT team and how effective teams measure success in the ever changing world of technology.   

Desired Outcome: By the end of this session participants will have had an opportunity to explore roles and responsibilities that best support student learning in their local school context.  Participants will have explored way in which their IT team can begin to measure success. 


14:55 – 15:00 | Networking Break 


15:00 – 16:00 | Session 5: Bringing it all together
Increasingly schools have significant autonomy when it comes to IT planning and decision making to determine the best approaches to drive school improvement and to achieve the best outcomes for their students in their local context.    

In this final session participants will have an opportunity to reflect on learning from the day and work with presenters and other participants to create an action plan for their school that addresses the key elements that should be considered when planning for the implementation and sustainability of your school’s IT environment.   

Desired Outcome:  By the end of this session participants will have completed an action plan identifying the key elements of consideration in their local school context. Participants will have identified a variety of industry and school supports that may assist in meeting the learning needs of students and the expectations of the wider school community. 


16:00 | Conclusion



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