Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 2020
BYOD Recommendations for 2020
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 type of device students should be aiming to bring along to school.
Laptop computers (also called Notebook or MacBook) are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels, in a form that promotes ease of use and portability.
Chromebooks are a type of Laptop computer that runs an operating system more like a phone or tablet than a traditional computer, and may provide 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: 7th Generation Intel i3 Dual Core, AMD E2/A4 Dual Core (Equivalent or better)
RAM: Minimum 4GB
Screen: 13" to 15", as smaller screens would not be recommended for students undertaking CAD (Computer Aided Design), IPP (Information Processing and Publishing) or video editing, and Larger screens cause battery drain and excess weight
Battery: Recommended Minimum of 7 hours
Antivirus: Recommended (Windows 8 onwards has preinstalled antivirus)
Operating System: Windows 10 / OS X 10.14 (or better)
Hard Drive: SSD Recommended (Size is of less importance)
Inbuilt Wireless connection capable of 802.11ac (802.11a, b, g and n are slower)
Minimum Recommended Specifications Chrome Book
Chromebooks work in an app environment (as do Android tablets and iPads) and software cannot be installed onto them. A Chromebook can be used for most tasks at years 7 through 9, but may not be appropriate for senior courses where extra software may be required. There are no specific recommendations made by Gleeson IT 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.
Recommended Higher Specification Device
CPU Type: 8th Generation i5 minimum / RAM: 16GB / Graphics Card VRAM: 2GB
For the following Senior Subjects (Year 10 - Year 12): Music, Digital Technology, Information Processing and Publishing, Visual Art - Design and DT&E (CAD/CAM).