eLearning & ICT

Yarra Hills Secondary College – an eLearning journey

Yarra Hills Secondary College has been recognised as a Leading School in the Department of Education and Training’s Leading Schools’ Fund. Since 2006 Yarra Hills Secondary College, along with six other schools in the Yarra Valley and outer eastern area of Melbourne, have been recognised as Leading Schools’, using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in its classrooms with our students. 2011 saw Federal Government funding support the introduction of a 1 to 1 laptop device for year 9 to 12 students. During this time the Principals and Teachers at Yarra Hills SC saw how a 1 to 1 device program supported learning in the classroom and prepared students for an increasingly connected world. Our year 7 students began the 1 to 1 BYOD journey in 2013 with an iPad device and in 2015, year 10 and above continued the journey with a BYOD in the form of a laptop.

Following a review of our ICT/Technology and the current student device in 2018, the College has made the decision to offer a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Windows Laptop program for Year 7 students commencing in 2019. The College has made the decision to transition away from the ‘iPad based curriculum’ that began in 2013.

Commencing in 2019, Yarra Hills Secondary College will be running a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Windows Laptop program for Year 7 students. Year 8 & 9 will be continuing with the current BYOD iPad platform in 2019 and phased out by the end of 2020. Years 10 to 12 will be supported with the continuation of the BYOD (senior school laptop) program in 2019 and beyond.

As a school we are in the business of educating our students, it is imperative that we support and recommend devices that are easy to use and have the appropriate hardware and software specifications to allow our students to learn effectively.

Yarra Hills SC has chosen a third party provider: JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions to present a purchasing option to families. This program involves the endorsement of a small selection of devices, at various price points, which we have tested to be compatible with the school network. These devices will be available at school rates from the third party provider, with hardware support, device support, onsite warranty and accidental damage protection included. The importance of appropriate warranty and accidental damage protection can’t be stressed enough as previous experience shows that device damage does occur amongst students.

For our staff to effectively teach students, we endeavour to have as many ‘like’ devices as possible and preferably with the same operating system and application suite.

From previous experience, learning and engagement is adversely impacted when students have varying operating systems and don’t have the capacity to run the software required.

All student BYOD will have access to the following resources whilst on campus:

  • Internet Access
  • Moodle/Compass/Clickview Access
  • Printing
  • Microsoft Office 365

Support is available for other BYOD, subject to minimum and maximum specifications, please refer to the appropriate table of specifications for your student’s year level. We cannot however guarantee compatibility of these other devices with all network functions and parents may need to purchase any required educational software independently. We allow families to purchase or provide the BYOD from the most suitable source. Please also refer to the detailed FAQs to assist families in the decision making process.

Preparation for 2019 school year

In early December 2018 documentation will be distributed to families that will include your student’s school network login details. This documentation will guide you through the recommended Windows laptop device setup and preparation steps in readiness for the 2019 school year, including the installation of the Microsoft Office software suite that your student will require. Please refer the FAQs below.

Portal Details:

The online purchasing portal will be available late October 2018. 

Portal address:                    https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/

School Code:                       yhsc2019

Program:                             Year 7 to Year 9 Lenovo Program

The device remains the property of the parent/families and will be supported for use on our school Wi-Fi network but can also be used on your home (or portable) Wi-Fi network.

Year 7 BYOD Windows laptop program – Device Specifications

Minimum Device Specification

  • 11” diagonally measured screen.
  • Non-touch or Touch screen.
  • Celeron dual core processor (CPU) 1.8Ghz.
  • 4GB Ram.
  • 120GB hard drive (SSD type highly recommended).
  • Full keyboard for productivity use.
  • Manufacturer declared battery life of 8 hours.
  • Wireless 802.11 a, n, ac (5Ghz).
  • Windows 10 operating system.
  • Good operational condition.
  • Less than 12 months old at beginning of year 7.
  • Anti-Virus software
Maximum Device Specification

  • 14” diagonally measured screen.
  • Gaming & Multimedia type laptops are not suitable.
  • Desktop replacement type laptops are not suitable.
  • Generally laptops weighing more than 2kg present an OHS concern for students.


FAQs – Year 7 BYOD Windows laptop program

Where can I source a BYOD Windows laptop?

  1. Parents can purchase a recommended device from the College’s BYOD purchasing partner JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions.
    The portal can be found at: https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/
    The school access code is: yhsc2019
    All devices include 3 years onsite warranty and accidental damage protection (ADP), $100 excess. Theft is not covered by ADP.
  2. Parents can purchase a device of similar specification from other sources such as The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, etc. The College strongly suggests that parents include a warranty that will cover your investment for up to 3 years and that consideration be given to accidental damage and/or theft. Please consult your chosen retailer or home insurance provider for advice.

Why does YHSC provide BYOD Windows laptop options from JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions?
Historically we have found that parents and families can be confused by the array of devices, specifications and sales claims around suitability for BYOD. The intention of Yarra Hills SC providing a purchasing partner is to make this journey as simple as possible for our families. Families are not obliged to purchase from JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions.

The portal can also be used (without purchase) by families to check device specifications, warranty and accidental damage cover for comparison purposes.

What happens if my student’s BYOD breaks down?

  1. If the device was purchased through the College’s BYOD purchasing partner JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions, the College technicians can lodge the warranty claim and arrange for repair at school. Usually 3 to 5 days turn around depending on parts supply.
    A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.
  2. If parents provided the device outside of the above purchasing partner, parents are responsible for actioning warranty claims or repairs directly with the retailer or manufacturer.
    A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.

What happens if my student’s BYOD is damaged?

In the unfortunate situation that a device is damaged, it is important to seek advice quickly. In the first instance students should inform their classroom teacher, followed by a visit to the College technicians.

  1. If the device was purchased through the College’s BYOD purchasing partner, JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions, parents should begin the Accidental Damage claim process as soon as possible to ensure the device is operational again in a timely manner.
    Devices with broken glass should not be brought to school until repaired or replaced due to OHS concerns. A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.
  2. If parents provided the device outside of the above purchasing partner, parents are responsible for actioning repairs (or replacement) directly with the retailer or manufacturer. A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.

What happens if the operating system or software fails?

The College technicians will release an information document, in early December 2018, to support families that may need to reinstall the operating system, sometimes known as ‘Out Of the Box’ setup. Part of this information will be a strong recommendation to create what is known as ‘recovery media’ for your student’s device. Recovery media is usually stored on a USB thumb drive and should be kept in a secure location at home and not used for other data storage during the life of the device. A further information document will be released to support installing and reinstalling the Microsoft Office application suite in December 2018. All documentation will also be provided on the College website.

What software will my student’s BYOD need?

Your student’s device will need current and up to date Anti-Virus software.  We recommend ensuring the inbuilt Windows Defender software is active and is being updated regularly.
Yarra Hills Secondary College utilises the Microsoft Office application suite extensively and the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) has a licensing agreement that allows this software to be installed on devices whilst your student attends a Victorian public school. It is anticipated that required software documentation will be available in December 2018. All documentation will be available on the College website.

Do I need to buy Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office too?

No for Windows and no for Microsoft Office. When families purchase a new Windows laptop it will be delivered with Microsoft Windows pre-installed. The purchase price includes a license to use Microsoft Windows. The retail store may attempt to sell families a licence for the Microsoft Office application suite, this is extra software that does attract a cost. But as the device is intended for BYOD at a Victorian public school, the licensing is covered by our agreement with Microsoft. Please see previous FAQ.

What sort of physical storage/protection is offered at school?

All students are allocated an individual locker that should be secured at all times with a suitable lock. BYOD devices can be secured in these lockers if not required for a particular class. Otherwise, it is expected that all BYOD are transported to and from school and within the school grounds in an appropriately sized and designed carry case that protects the device.
We encourage all parents to ensure this carry case requirement is met.

What about recharging the device?

It is expected that all devices are brought to school each day fully charged. The College does not currently have recharging facilities for students. Please refer to our Minimum Device Specification table stating – a manufacturer declared battery life of at least 8 hours.

Should I purchase insurance for the Windows laptop BYOD?

It is strongly recommended that parents investigate arranging insurance for their student’s device. Many household ‘Home and Contents’ policies include coverage for this already (whilst the device is at home) but may require an additional premium to fully cover a device that is moved to and from school. Else, there are many companies that specialise in this type of insurance specifically.

What login name, ID and password do I use on my student’ BYOD?

A suggested device setup information guide will be released in December 2018 to help families setup the BYOD Windows laptop in readiness for the 2019 school year. This guide will advise using a ‘local computer account’ not a ‘Microsoft account’ to form your student’s device login.
Unique Yarra Hills Secondary College logins IDs and temporary passwords, for our 2019 year 7 students will be distributed in December 2018. The information guide will also detail how to change this password and begin the Microsoft Office application suite installation. All documentation will also be provided on the College website.

Does my student need a Microsoft Account or Google account for the BYOD Windows laptop?

The short answer is no, your student does not need a Microsoft Account nor Google account. The unique Yarra Hills Secondary College login ID and password (mentioned above) will be used exclusively to access all College educational resources from the device. This includes, Moodle, Compass, Email, Clickview and Office 365 web based applications. It is the intention throughout the College that any email correspondence your student/s have with their teachers is through the provided Yarra Hills Secondary College ID and Email system. Third party email is discouraged on any student BYOD.

What if our device has a 3G/4G card with internet access?

The College recommends that all devices are Wi-Fi only (see Minimum Device Specification) which will enable connection to the internet through our own content filters and via home (or portable) Wi-Fi networks. The College cannot monitor or be responsible for content accessed outside of our network.

Would 32 or 64GB be enough hard drive storage on a BYOD Windows laptop?

Whilst it is possible to install Windows on a 32GB hard drive, experience has shown that sufficient space will not be available for school required software (Microsoft Office application suite etc), security updates, Anti-Virus updates and document storage. To ensure your students BYOD journey is as smooth as possible we strongly recommend following the Minimum Device Specification (120GB).

Can I use an old Windows 7 or Windows 8 laptop?

The College ICT support team will not deny the connection of older devices. As technology moves at a rapid pace, we have seen students struggle with devices that unfortunately no longer make their BYOD journey a rewarding one.

  • Ageing batteries that provide insufficient device runtime
  • Ageing (and slow) hard drives that make completing basic productivity tasks difficult
  • Corrupt operating systems that have no recovery system
  • Out of date operating systems and applications that no longer work well with modern web sites
  • Devices without functioning Anti-Virus software that leave the students work vulnerable to loss
  • Devices with worn out hinges so the screen won’t stay in place.

These are examples of some of the struggles students have had with devices that don’t meet the Minimum Device Specification.

Does the school perform maintenance on the Windows laptop BYOD?

Students and parents are responsible for maintenance of all privately owned devices. Refer above, ensure Anti-Virus software and Windows updates are being regularly installed. College technicians are available to provide support and advice to students and parents if required. The College technicians are available to students before school, recess, lunch time and after school. Parents can communicate with College technicians via email: ictsupport@yarrahills.vic.edu.au

Does my student need the Windows laptop BYOD from the start of the 2019 year?

It is expected that students will attend school from the beginning of the year with all appropriate resources, including their Windows laptop BYOD. Classroom teachers will likely utilise resources that require students have a functional BYOD from the first week of term.

Do I need to install the recommended software from the start of the 2019 year?

Again, it is expected that students will have appropriate resources and applications in preparation for use from the start of the school year. Please refer above to the provision of the Microsoft Office application suite and support documentation.

Can I purchase a JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions BYOD in early 2019 for my student?

Yes, although the purchasing portal is currently open for purchase and supply before the end of 2018, the portal will be available in the new calendar year, with updated delivery timelines provided, to assist parents who may not have sourced a Windows laptop BYOD.

Can my student use an Apple MAC or iPad for year 7 BYOD?

To ensure consistent classroom and course content delivery, the Principals and Teachers at Yarra Hills SC believe a uniform device platform is highly desirable. With consideration given to device consistency and cost to families, Yarra Hills SC has decided to only support a Windows laptop BYOD from year 7 in 2019.

Why do you not recommend a large screen laptop for BYOD?

Generally large screen (15” and above) laptops are designed to be portable but not necessarily fully mobile for 6 to 8 hours (a full school day). As such, large screen laptops can be quite powerful, have short/poor battery life, be awkward to use in a classroom given their physical size and present a weight carrying (OHS) concern for our students. Yarra Hills SC highly recommend following the guidelines in the Maximum Device Specification table.

Further Questions

Further BYOD Junior School Windows laptop program queries that are unanswered in these FAQs can be directed to our College technicians via email: ictsupport@yarrahills.vic.edu.au

Preparation for 2019 school year

We encourage all families to ensure their student’s iPads are in full working order with the recommended Apps installed for the start of the 2019 school year. If necessary, photos and videos may need to be backed up to a computer to free storage space on the iPad. Any Apps that are no longer required can also be removed to free storage space too. If the situation arises that an App needs to be reinstalled, it will still be available via your iTunes/App Store account.

Following a review of our ICT/Technology and the current student device in 2018, the College has made the decision to offer a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Windows Laptop program for Year 7 students commencing in 2019. The College has made the decision to move away from the ‘iPad based curriculum’ that began in 2013.

What does this mean for my student with and iPad?

iPads will still be used at Yarra Hills SC with year 8 & 9 students in 2019 and year 9 students in 2020. By the end of 2020, iPad based curriculum at Yarra Hills SC will be phased out. If you student has a functioning iPad all that is required is to ensure the device is ready for 2019 school year, see above.

What do I do if my student’s iPad is not fully functioning?

If your student’s current iPad is not in full working order, parents have the option to move their student to the BYOD Windows laptop program. A letter from the College Principal will be distributed to families in November 2018 outlining this option. Refer to the ‘Year 7 – 2019’ tab on this page for full device information, minimum and maximum specification. Please review this information prior to making any decisions about replacing non-functioning or obsolete iPads.

iPad Minimum Requirements:

  • Apple iPad Air (or later) / iPad mini 2 (or later).
  • Apple no longer provide software support for iPads older that those listed above.
  • WiFi only.
  • Minimum 32Gb (If used solely for education, 32Gb is sufficient, however extra music & games will require additional memory)
  • Protective cover – this should protect the corners of the device as well as the screen.
  • Screen protector – this prevents scratching of the screen and can help prevent screen cracking.

It is highly recommended that accidental damage cover is obtained. Insurance may be available under your existing home and contents cover, please contact your insurer for details. You should consider the Apple Care+ product as a minimum. Specialised theft and accidental damage insurance is also available from a number of insurance providers.

Current Apps list: Note: Prices correct as of October 2018

Microsoft Office Suite (free)

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote

Adobe (free)

  • Voice
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Slate
  • Clip
Garage Band (free)
Flipboard (free)
WordPress (free)
ArtRage $4.99
GeoBoard (free)
Measure Your Land (free)
Google Earth (free)
iMovie (free)
Desmos (free)
AutoDesk (free)

  • Sketchbook
  • 123D Sculpt
  • 123D Design
  • Explain Everything $22.99
  • GeoGebra (free)
  • Probability Toolkit $2.99
  • Home Design 3D (free)
  • Doodle Buddy (free)

 

FAQs – Year 8 & 9 BYOD iPad program

What if we already have an iPad?
If you already have an iPad at home you may wish to make this available for your student to use. As long as it meets the minimum requirements (see above) and has the required Apps (see above) it can be used.

Can I purchase an iPad with a 3G/4G card?
The College recommends that all devices are Wi-Fi only (see iPad Minimum Requirements) which will enable connection to the internet through our own content filters and via home (or portable) Wi-Fi networks. The College cannot monitor or be responsible for content accessed outside of our network.

Do I have to purchase apps for the device?
A list of required Apps is posted on this site. This is a list of the Apps we will be making use of and that we expect your student to have access to.

Will my child’s internet activity be monitored?
Yes, the college filters and monitors all internet activity that occurs via the college Wi-Fi and network. When at home it is the responsibility of you to monitor your child’s use of the iPad. The college cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of your child when they are outside of the school. As a parent you can enable certain restrictions on your child’s device. More details can be obtained from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213?viewlocale=US&locale=en_US

Will I need to set up an iTunes account with a credit card?
Whilst you will need to set up an iTunes account for your student, (we recommend an account specifically for this device rather than a shared family account) it should be set up with the payment option set to none (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534). Payments for Apps can be made using an iTunes card available from your local supermarket.

Preparation for 2019 school year

Families with students moving into year 10 (and above) in 2019 are strongly encouraged to ensure they have sourced a BYOD (senior school laptop) prior to the start of the school year. Students with existing devices need to ensure the device is fully functioning and has the Microsoft Office application suite installed. We also encourage all families to ensure their student’s device has a ‘recovery USB’ created in case of operating system corruption or hard disk failure. Please see the FAQs below.

Portal Details:

The online purchasing portal will be available late October 2018. 

Portal address:                    https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/

School Code:                       yhsc2019

Program:                             Year 10 to Year 12 Lenovo Program

The device remains the property of the parent/families and will be supported for use on our school Wi-Fi network but can also be used on your home (or portable) Wi-Fi network.

Year 10 to 12 BYOD senior school laptop program – Device Specifications

Minimum Device Specification

  • 11” diagonally measured screen.
  • Non-touch or Touch screen.
  • Celeron dual core processor (CPU) 1.8Ghz.
  • 4GB Ram.
  • 120GB hard drive (SSD type highly recommended).
  • Full keyboard for productivity use.
  • Manufacturer declared battery life of 8 hours.
  • Wireless 802.11 a, n, ac (5Ghz).
  • Windows 10 operating system.
  • Good operational condition.
  • Less than 12 months old at beginning of 2019.
  • Anti-Virus software
  • OSX – 10.10
  • iOS/Android/Linux not supported
Maximum Device Specification

  • 14” diagonally measured screen.
  • Gaming & Multimedia type
    laptops are not suitable.
  • Desktop replacement type laptops are not suitable.
  • Generally laptops weighing more than 2kg present an OHS concern for students.

 

FAQs – Year 10 to 12 BYOD senior school laptop program

Where can I source a BYOD senior school laptop?

  1. Parents can purchase a recommended device from the College’s BYOD purchasing partner JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions.
    The portal can be found at: https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/   
    The school access code is: yhsc2019

All devices include 3 years onsite warranty and accidental damage protection (ADP), $100 excess. Theft is not covered by ADP.

2. Parents can purchase a device of similar specification from other sources such as The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, etc. The College strongly suggests that parents include a warranty that will cover your investment for up to 3 years and that consideration be given to accidental damage and/or theft. Please consult your chosen retailer or home insurance provider for advice.

 

Why does YHSC provide BYOD senior school laptop options from JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions?

Historically we have found that parents and families can be confused by the array of devices, specifications and sales claims around suitability for BYOD. The intention of Yarra Hills SC providing a purchasing partner is to make this journey as simple as possible for our families. Families are not obliged to purchase from JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions.
The portal can also be used (without purchase) by families to check device specifications, warranty and accidental damage cover for comparison purposes.

What happens if my student’s BYOD breaks down?

  1. If the device was purchased through the College’s BYOD purchasing partner JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions, the College technicians can lodge the warranty claim and arrange for repair at school. Usually 3 to 5 days turn around depending on parts supply.
    A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.
  2. If parents provided the device outside of the above purchasing partner, parents are responsible for actioning warranty claims or repairs directly with the retailer or manufacturer. A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.

What happens if my student’s BYOD is damaged?

In the unfortunate situation that a device is damaged, it is important to seek advice quickly. In the first instance students should inform their classroom teacher, followed by a visit to the College technicians.

  1. If the device was purchased through the College’s BYOD purchasing partner, JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions, parents should begin the Accidental Damage claim process as soon as possible to ensure the device is operational again in a timely manner.
    Devices with broken glass should not be brought to school until repaired or replaced due to OHS concerns. A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.
  2. If parents provided the device outside of the above purchasing partner, parents are responsible for actioning repairs (or replacement) directly with the retailer or manufacturer. A loan device can be borrowed from the school library on a period by period basis.

What happens if the operating system or software fails?

The College technicians will release an information document, in early December 2018, to support families that may need to reinstall the operating system, sometimes known as ‘Out Of the Box’ setup. Part of this information will be a strong recommendation to create what is known as ‘recovery media’ for your student’s device.
Recovery media is usually stored on a USB thumb drive and should be kept in a secure location at home and not used for other data storage during the life of the device. A further information document will be released to support installing and reinstalling the Microsoft Office application suite in December 2018. All documentation will also be provided on the College website.

What software will my student’s BYOD need?

Your student’s device will need current and up to date Anti-Virus software.  We recommend ensuring the inbuilt Windows Defender software is active and is being updated regularly.
Yarra Hills Secondary College utilises the Microsoft Office application suite extensively and the Department of Education and Training (Victoria) has a licensing agreement that allows this software to be installed on devices whilst your student attends a Victorian public school. It is anticipated that required software documentation will be available in December 2018. All documentation will be available on the College website.

Do I need to buy Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office too?

No for Windows and no for Microsoft Office. When families purchase a new Windows laptop it will be delivered with Microsoft Windows pre-installed. The purchase price includes a license to use Microsoft Windows. The retail store may attempt to sell families a licence for the Microsoft Office application suite, this is extra software that does attract a cost. But as the device is intended for BYOD at a Victorian public school, the licensing is covered by our agreement with Microsoft. Please see previous FAQ.

What sort of physical storage/protection is offered at school?

All students are allocated an individual locker that should be secured at all times with a suitable lock. BYOD devices can be secured in these lockers if not required for a particular class. Otherwise, it is expected that all BYOD are transported to and from school and within the school grounds in an appropriately sized and designed carry case that protects the device.
We encourage all parents to ensure this carry case requirement is met.

What about recharging the device?

It is expected that all devices are brought to school each day fully charged. The College does not currently have recharging facilities for students. Please refer to our Minimum Device Specification table stating – a manufacturer declared battery life of at least 8 hours.

Should I purchase insurance for the BYOD senior school laptop?

It is strongly recommended that parents investigate arranging insurance for their student’s device. Many household ‘Home and Contents’ policies include coverage for this already (whilst the device is at home) but may require an additional premium to fully cover a device that is moved to and from school. Else, there are many companies that specialise in this type of insurance specifically.

What login name, ID and password do I use on my student’ BYOD?

A suggested device setup information guide will be released in December 2018 to help families setup the BYOD senior school laptop in readiness for the 2019 school year. This guide will advise using a ‘local computer account’ not a ‘Microsoft account’ to form your student’s device login.
All documentation will also be provided on the College website.

Does my student need a Microsoft Account or Google account for the BYOD senior school laptop?

The short answer is no, your student does not need a Microsoft Account nor Google account. The unique Yarra Hills Secondary College login ID and password (mentioned above) will be used exclusively to access all College educational resources from the device. This includes, Moodle, Compass, Email, Clickview and Office 365 web based applications. It is the intention throughout the College that any email correspondence your student/s have with their teachers is through the provided Yarra Hills Secondary College ID and Email system. Third party email is discouraged on any student BYOD.

What if our device has a 3G/4G card with internet access?

The College recommends that all devices are Wi-Fi only (see Minimum Device Specification) which will enable connection to the internet through our own content filters and via home (or portable) Wi-Fi networks. The College cannot monitor or be responsible for content accessed outside of our network.

Would 32 or 64GB be enough hard drive storage on a BYOD senior school laptop?

Whilst it is possible to install Windows on a 32GB hard drive, experience has shown that sufficient space will not be available for school required software (Microsoft Office application suite etc), security updates, Anti-Virus updates and document storage. To ensure your students BYOD journey is as smooth as possible we strongly recommend following the Minimum Device Specification (120GB).

Can I use an old Windows 7 or Windows 8 laptop?

The College ICT support team will not deny the connection of older devices. As technology moves at a rapid pace, we have seen students struggle with devices that unfortunately no longer make their BYOD journey a rewarding one.

  • Ageing batteries that provide insufficient device runtime
  • Ageing (and slow) hard drives that make completing basic productivity tasks difficult
  • Corrupt operating systems that have no recovery system
  • Out of date operating systems and applications that no longer work well with modern web sites
  • Devices without functioning Anti-Virus software that leave the students work vulnerable to loss
  • Devices with worn out hinges so the screen won’t stay in place.

These are examples of some of the struggles students have had with devices that don’t meet the Minimum Device Specification.

 

Does the school perform maintenance on the BYOD senior school laptop?

Students and parents are responsible for maintenance of all privately owned devices. Refer above, ensure Anti-Virus software and Windows updates are being regularly installed. College technicians are available to provide support and advice to students and parents if required. The College technicians are available to students before school, recess, lunch time and after school. Parents can communicate with College technicians via email: ictsupport@yarrahills.vic.edu.au

Does my student need the BYOD senior school laptop from the start of the 2019 year?

It is expected that students will attend school from the beginning of the year with all appropriate resources, including their BYOD senior school laptop. Classroom teachers will likely utilise resources that require students have a functional BYOD from the first week of term.

Do I need to install the recommended software from the start of the 2019 year?

Again, it is expected that students will have appropriate resources and applications in preparation for use from the start of the school year. Please refer above to the provision of the Microsoft Office application suite and support documentation.

Can I purchase a JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions BYOD in early 2019 for my student?

Yes, although the purchasing portal is currently open for purchase and supply before the end of 2018, the portal will be available in the new calendar year, with updated delivery timelines provided, to assist parents who may not have sourced a senior school laptop BYOD.

Can my student use an Apple MAC as a BYOD senior school laptop?

To ensure consistent classroom and course content delivery, the Principals and Teachers at Yarra Hills SC believe a uniform device platform is highly desirable. With consideration given to device consistency and cost to families, Yarra Hills SC recommends a Windows based device, but, Apple MACs are supported as a BYOD senior school laptop. Refer to Minimum Device Specification table.

Can my student use an iPad for senior school BYOD?

The BYOD journey into senior school is heavily reliant on productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office and creativity applications such as Photoshop (depending on electives and subjects chosen). iPads as a device have processing and physical limitations that mean they are not recommended for use in the BYOD senior school program.

Why do you not recommend a large screen laptop for BYOD?

Generally large screen (15” and above) laptops are designed to be portable but not necessarily fully mobile for 6 to 8 hours (a full school day). As such, large screen laptops can be quite powerful, have short/poor battery life, be awkward to use in a classroom given their physical size and present a weight carrying (OHS) concern for our students. Yarra Hills SC highly recommend following the guidelines in the Maximum Device Specification table.

Further Questions

Further BYOD Junior School Windows laptop program queries that are unanswered in these FAQs can be directed to our College technicians via email: ictsupport@yarrahills.vic.edu.au