Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Overview
In 2018, Year 7 students will be participating in the College’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Students will also have access to computer laboratories to access specialised software, as well as iPads and a range of other technological devices for learning through the Resource Centre.
Teaching and learning in the College will continue operating on a dual PC and Mac platform and therefore models have been chosen from each as preferred devices for the BYOD program. These machines are small and portable, weighing around 2kg, that fit into a standard schoolbag.
In addition to the hardware, students will have access to the latest technology, software and support to enable them the opportunity to enter a new world of curriculum possibilities, promoting engagement and involvement with their learning.
Students are to abide by the College’s ICT Device Agreement that outlines expectations for the safe and responsible use of technology. Backups of work are to be made as extensions will not be granted for computer or technology-related issues, as stated by the College’s Assessment Policy. Students are to store laptops securely in their lockers.
The College provides a range of online educational resources to support students with their online learning:
- JacPlus provides online textbooks and activities
- Curriculum Portal provides subject specific course outlines, assessment task sheets and resources
- Student Café is also utilised for resources and educational activities
- Resource Centre’s Assignment Help page provides students with the resources and assistance to get started on an assignment
The use of laptops in class is at teacher discretion to provide learning experiences that maximise student learning and educational outcomes. As a guide, students will use their laptops for at least 30% of class time. Laptops are viewed as tools to assist students to develop their 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication as well as their ICT general capabilities in the Australian curriculum.
OPTION 1 – PURCHASE NEW DEVICE THROUGH COLLEGE’S DATACOM PROGRAM
OPTION 1 - CONSIDERATIONS
- Quick and easy to place an order through the Datacom Educational Portal
- Cost effective
- All repairs are managed quickly and easily through the IT Helpdesk in liaison with DataCom and a replacement device is provided for the duration of the repair
- Insurance options available
- MCA Laptop bag will need to be purchased for $30 or an MCA Laptop Backpack for $32.50 from the Clothing Shop
DOWNLOAD DATACOM 2017/18 BYOD PROGRAM BOOKLET
[NOTE: There is no more registration process for parents, instead you will have a unique login to enter the portal, published in this booklet]
Place your laptop order through the DATACOM Education Portal.
OPTION 2 – PROVIDE A DEVICE THAT MEETS THE COLLEGE’S MINIMUM LAPTOP SPECIFICATIONS
OPTION 2 - CONSIDERATIONS
- A cost effective option if you already have a device at home that meets the minimum specifications
- You will need to manage any repairs which means that your son might be without a laptop for the duration of the repair. The school does not guarantee the provision of a replacement laptop
You will need to:
- Organise your own insurance for the laptop
- Organise accidental damage insurance
- Purchase an MCA Laptop bag for $30 or an MCA Laptop Backpack for $32.50 from the Clothing Shop
OPTION 2 - MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS FOR LAPTOPS
- Download Minimum Specifications for Laptops
- 4 Gb RAM with i5 CPU (Processor) (8Gb is better if affordable)
- 120Gb SSD (more expensive but faster and less battery power) or SATA drive -200 Gb or larger
- 50 Gb Disk space to be kept free for school use An extra 2-4 Gb should be always kept free for efficient use of the laptop operating system.
- Battery (or batteries) having a minimum charge to last about 7 hours
- 5 GHz wireless capable, 802.11 ac.
- Software for Windows laptop – Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 64 bit, antivirus (we recommend the free Microsoft anti-virus essentials).
- Accidental damage insurance is advisable, but you can add the laptop as part of your home contents insurance policy for accidental damage.
Instructions for the download of school software is available through the School Portal: IT Student Information.
MCA LAPTOP BACKPACK
In addition to their regular school bag, boys also need an MCA laptop backpack which is suited for carrying not only their laptop but also the books that they will need for two consecutive classes. The backpacks are available through The Clothing Shop.
The MCA Laptop Backpack (pictured below) is available $37.50.
Some students prefer the MCA Laptop Backpack however it is not designed to replace the MCA College Backpack. It fits a computer and a couple of books.