Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 2018
BYOD Recommendations for 2018
Students are required to bring a device to school at all year levels at Gleeson College. The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom and outside. Ensuring your son or daughter has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. Below is a list of recommendations and ideas for the power and type of device students should be aiming to bring along to school.
Laptops, Notebooks, and Mac Books are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels.
Chromebooks are an option at Years 7, 8 and 9 as generally the curriculum demands on technology are not as great. The nature of the Chromebook operating system means that traditional software is unable to be installed. Some seniors may also use Chromebooks depending on course selection.
Tablet/Convertible computers such as the Microsoft Surface PRO or Lenovo Yoga have traditional computer power and software capabilities packed in very convenient size, however Android Tablets and Apple iPads are limited in functionality as they are again limited to an "Apps only" environment.
Minimum Recommended Specifications PC / Mac Book
Below is a list of specifications that should be considered when deciding what device to purchase. You can take these specifications to your local computer hardware store and they should be able to recommend a good device for you.
Processor: Intel i3 Dual Core, AMD E2/A4 Dual Core (Equivalent or better)
RAM: Minimum 4GB
Screen: 11 or bigger, however Screen sizes under 13" would not be recommended for students undertaking CAD
(Computer Aided Design), IPP (Information Processing and Publishing) or video editing.
Battery: Recommended Minimum of 5 hours
Antivirus: Recommended (Windows 8 onwards has preinstalled antivirus)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 / OS X 10.9 (or better)
Hard Drive: SSD Recommended (Size of less importance)
Inbuilt Wireless connection capable of 802.11n (802.11a, b and g are slower, 802.11ac is faster)
Minimum Recommended Specifications Chrome Book
Chromebooks work in an app environment (similar to tablets) and software cannot be installed onto them. A Chromebook can be used for most tasks at year 79 level but may not be appropriate for senior courses where extra software may be required. There are no specific recommendations Gleeson IT makes in relation to Chromebooks, as they are all powerful enough for the demands of junior classes. Consideration should be given as to what software may be required in the future for your student's course of study.