BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
It is an expectation that the parents of year 7 - 12 students will provide their child with a suitable device to participate in class eLearning activities and to ensure that they are fully able to engage and develop essential skills in the technology rich society we now have.
The BYOD Information Guide and Laptop Advice documents have been developed as guides for parents and students throughout their BYOD journey at Pacific Pines State High School.
Please see our BYOD Checklist to ensure that your device is compatible.
Selecting a Device
Choosing a laptop for your child’s schooling can be a very challenging task. With a wide range of devices offered at many competitive prices, it can be difficult to know which device to buy and from whom.
At a minimum each device must meet the following requirements:
• Device is a laptop or tablet.
• Device has Windows 10 home/pro or macOS 10.13 or later operating systems installed.
• Device is NOT Windows 10 S (a free upgrade to windows 10 home/pro is available from Microsoft) - Windows 10 S device will not connect to our wireless.
• Device is NOT a Chromebook, iPad, Smart phone, Android device or a laptop with a Linux distribution. These devices will not connect to our network or are unsuitable to the classroom.
• Device is capable of connecting to the 5Ghz wireless range. You can purchase a USB wifi dongle from computer retailers if it is not compatible.
• Microsoft Office installed (this is free for students, see the next section)
• Anti-Virus updated (Windows Defender is pre-installed in Windows 10 and is acceptable)
Device Purchasing Recommendations
Over the last 5 years it has become apparent that when students purchase cheap consumer devices from retailers the devices are significantly less robust, resulting in breakages and the students left without a functioning device often for a considerable period of time.
Our recommendation when purchasing a device to ensure they last as long as is possible is that they have the following:
||Intel i3 / i5 or AMD equivalent|
|Operating System (OS)
||Windows 10 * or MacOS 10.14 |
(Except Windows 10 's' edition)
|Hard Drive (HDD)
||128Gb or more, Solid State Drive. Students in Graphics or I.T subjects will need to consider 256GB or 512GB minimum sized hard drives.|
||You want a laptop that is not to big that it is too bulky for your student to carry and one that is too small that it is unusable and causes eye strain. We recommend around a 13” laptop for most students especially in Year 7-9. Year 10-12 may want a slightly bigger laptop.|
||6+ hrs at a minimum, 10+ hours would be ideal|
||Extended warranty to cover 3 years or more + accidental damage protection (insurance). These two options guarantee the laptop will last for at least 3 years. When purchasing a device check the repair times or if they offer a temporary replacement device while your device is being repaired. You want to try and reduce the amount of time your student is without a device for.|
||A hard protective case to store the laptop in to protect it from accidents and spills.|
|Laptop Build Quality
||Look for a rugged or robust designed laptop which is designed to be resistant to drops and knocks.|
||Accidental damage protection and theft (potentially add to your home insurance).|
For those of you who are unsure of what to purchase or are feeling overwhelmed at the options, we have arranged with Dell and HP for you to be able to purchase directly from them at a discounted rate, laptops which meet the above recommendations.
These devices are significantly more robust, they also come with Accidental Damage Protection which covers the battery and the device providing 24 hr turn around support where you can make up to 3 claims over 3 years.
You can find instructions on accessing these sites in the following document
BYOD purchasing portal instructions