Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Why Queen Mary’s College is promoting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 

The College was promoting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) long before Covid, but the lockdown experience really emphasised how advantageous and critical technology can be in supporting you educationally as well as preparing you for the modern-day workplace. 

What does BYOD mean? 

A personal device is NOT a mobile phone.  We suspect that the majority of you have invested in personal devices such as laptops/Chromebooks over recent years and we want you to bring your devices to College.  Many of you will also be familiar with their use in school.  The break away from ‘computer rooms’ opens up opportunities for using personal devices in a way that is meaningful to you and your learning.  A personal device allows you to have technology at the heart of your learning whether you are in the classroom, researching in the Library or at home completing an assignment.


Here are 6 good reasons why we want you to BYOD:

1. Allows Students to Personalise their Device

A college owned device cannot be customised per user. However, different learners have different needs. With BYOD, students can select the device they use for learning based on personal preference. Furthermore, they can customize the settings to make it easier for them to use. This increases their comfort level and confidence. As well, students can install their own applications allowing them to use programs that best suit their needs. This can benefit everyone, but especially English as a Second Language (ESL) and special needs learners, who may require specialty software or custom dictionaries. 

2. Fosters Anytime, Anywhere Learning

College owned devices typically do not go home with students. With BYOD, the gadget belongs to the students, allowing them to take it anywhere. This extends learning beyond the walls of the classroom. 

3. Promotes the Use of Innovative Teaching Methods

In some colleges, everyone uses the same device. This can create a situation whereby everyone does everything the same way. However, with BYOD there are numerous devices. This diversity encourages teachers to incorporate innovative teaching practices, instructional materials, activities, assessment tools, and communication methods. 

4. Improves Communication

BYOD gives each student the capacity to communicate with parents, teachers, administrators, peers, community members, industry experts, and others using email, chat and within virtual learning environments throughout the school day. Improved communication enhances learning. 

5. Transforms Student Learning

Ongoing access to technology throughout the college day transforms the classroom into a student-centred environment. This promotes innovative teaching practice and access to digital instructional materials that improve learning. BYOD can increase students’ ability to collaborate, transfer learning, work independently, be responsible, use technology competently, apply higher order thinking skills, express creativity, and act as digital citizens. These skills are all necessary to thrive in the 21st century. 

6. BYOD is becoming the norm in the workplace.

Educators have the responsibility to prepare the millennia generation to enter the workforce. Teaching students to use portable devices is necessary. 

Many new employees choose a combination of working at home, or using after work hours to answer emails or attend to lower priority tasks related to their work day. Practice with BYOD in education will better prepare students to have a healthy work and life balance. 

Should I buy a device? 

We strongly encourage you to bring your own device to College to support your learning.  You should expect to use it in most of your lessons.  This will vary by subject but typically you can expect to be using the internet to conduct research, complete class work and interact with subject resources in a virtual learning environment such as Google Classroom. It’s important your device’s screen and keyboard are big enough to support extended reading/writing but small enough to be portable. Further guidance can be found below.  

There is no requirement to purchase a new device, however, if you are purchasing a new device independently, we have detailed a rough specification below. 


Device Size 

10 inch screen or bigger (that’s the size of a regular iPad).  Your device might be a tablet or a laptop – your phone/mini tablet does not count as a device. 

Operating System 

Your operating system should be either: 

  • Google Chrome OS updated to latest version 
  • Microsoft Windows 10 or later 
  • Apple iPadOS 13 or later 
  • Apple MacOS 11 or later 


Your browser must be either: 

  • Google Chrome 
  • ‘Desktop class’ Safari (available since iPadOS 13) 

Battery and Charging 

Ideally your device battery needs to last at least six hours.  If your device charges using USB C or mains plug, we are working hard towards providing more charging options in College.   

The College will provide devices to those students that may not have the means to provide their own where they are essential to a lesson.  

Please remember to take good care of your own device. The College cannot accept liability for loss or damage.