New and evolving technologies are providing positive educational benefits for classroom instruction; the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program was implemented at St Mary MacKillop College in 2015 and is now College-wide.
The BYOD program enables students to bring their own laptop to school for the purpose of learning. This program allows for diverse and flexible learning skills to be developed in and out of the classroom.
Students are responsible for any personal device they bring to school. All students will be required to read and sign the Student Acceptable Use of Computer Facilities and Networks Policy/Agreement before using their device at school.
The BYOD technical requirements and recommendations are listed below. This list is useful when making purchasing decisions and will ensure a school ready laptop.
As with any program, we are dependent on collaboration and communication with parents to continue the success of the BYOD program. If you have queries or questions about the BYOD program please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you intend to visit a retail shop to purchase a new laptop for your child, please take this list of requirements with you to guide your purchase of a school suitable device.
Essential for any device:
You might also consider the following:
Essential specifications for Laptops:
Please note that Chromebooks are not recommended as these will not support software/apps that are required in some classes (particularly for students in Years 9 and above).
Essential specifications for Tablets:
Tablets are not recommended by the college. If your student needs to bring a tablet due to personal circumstances, please ensure the tablet is equipped with:
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