Bring Your Own Device


Bring Your Own Device (BYOx)



The Willows State School offer an optional program for year 4, 5 and 6 to have a laptop for learning at school and at home. 

The Willows State School is continuing to grow the successful introduction of the BYOx laptop program for students in Years 4, 5 & 6 in 2023.

Participation in the program is voluntary and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from families for students who may be interested in participating in the BYOx program at The Willows State School in 2023


Bring Your Own Device (BYOx) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning. It is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their personally-owned device to access the department's information and communication (ICT) network.

Access to the department's ICT network is provided only if the device meets the department's security requirements which, at a minimum, requires that ​anti-virus software has been installed, is running and is kept updated on the device.

At The Willows School the BYOx initiative will allow students to bring their own device to school and access the schools information technology resources. This will allow students to use the same device at home and at school. Although it is not for everyone, there are many advantages to a BYOx program, including:

  • Students will have increased access to the school's network, the internet and specialty software for enhanced learning.
  • Greater continuity between learning at school and at home.
  • Development of critical IT and 21st Century Skills.
  • School based support to connect to the network and access to free software through Education Queensland.

    The BYOx program at The Willows State School is designed to provide students with a safe environment that will allow them to engage with the curriculum and the school community in a respectful way. Students will be able to bring a supported device to school and connect to The Willows State School network. The school network will provide access to curriculum resources, the internet, email and more.

    Supported devices

    The school is allowing students to bring a Windows based laptop that meets the requirements below. The listed requirements will allow the student to connect to the school network wirelessly and gain access to school resources.
Supported Systems
Operating SystemVersionHardware
Microsoft Windows110 (1909 - November 2019 Update or above) Laptop


1 Windows based devices are required to have a minimum of 4GB RAM. It is also recommended these devices have a processor of at least Intel i3 (or equivalent). All devices require at least 120GB of free Hard Drive space. 

Recommended upgrades: 8GB RAM; Intel i5 (or equivalent); 256GB SSD  

Windows 10 in S mode will need to be switched out. Instructions to do this can be found on the Microsoft Windows 10 in S mode FAQ

The school's wireless network only supports 5GHz devices. 

​Not supported

Android, Chromebook/Chrome OS, and Linux devices are not supported on the DoE network. 


Microsoft Office is provided by Education Queensland for current students. Installation​ instructions for PCs  can be found on the DoE The internet at school page. Students are also expected to have an internet browsing program such as Microsoft EdgeGoogle Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.​


There will be no cost apart from students providing their own device. 


If you are interested in participating in the BYOx program, or have further questions about the program, please contact the school 4799 1333 or

Last reviewed 11 July 2022
Last updated 11 July 2022