2018 sees the second year of compulsory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Wirreanda Secondary School. Each school day, all students are expected to have a device to learn with in every lesson.
Having a BYOD programme at Wirreanda Secondary School is vital to the development of the school. The full reasoning behind the 2017 move can be explored in this document: why-byod
Need to buy a device?
For the 2017 academic year, we worked closely with Harvey Norman Business and Education to provide opportunities to purchase a device for BYOD online. However, we have listened to feedback from parents and students which has led to changes for 2018. There will no longer be any devices offered online through Harvey Norman Business & Education. Instead, we have worked with Harvey Norman Noarlunga store. Furthermore, there have been real changes in the lower end of the market which means there are far more devices available in this range. They are offering a number of devices at below $500 and in most cases you do not have to spend any more than that to get what is needed for your son/daughter. Anti-virus and Office software are not needed.
However, we also know that to many people choosing a device can be confusing so here is some advice:
|Operating System||Windows S||You cannot install any other software other than those from the Windows Store (therefore software such as most games cannot be installed but this does not affect what the device is used largely for in school i.e. searching the internet and Google Docs/Classroom access)|
|Windows Home||Full access to install any software|
|Storage||Minimum 64gb||Will be fine for all work we do expect with high end graphics, 3D design and movie software (however this is all available on PCs at school). Will be big enough to store some student music|
|128gb||Will allow for movies and games to be stored and for specialist software to be installed (although processor and RAM are also important for use of specialist software)|
|RAM||Minimum 4gb||Basically the device will be too slow with anything else|
|Screen size||Minimum 11inch||Anything smaller is going to be hard to work from and just be aware that bigger screen = bigger device which usually means heavier device for student to carry|
|Chassis||Titanium||The best balance of strength and lightweight but usually expensive|
|Aluminium||The next best and not always expensive|
|Plastic||Most common. (Also look at strength of hinges between body and screen, how strong overall you think the device is)|
|Battery||7 hours minimum||Although no student is usually at school for 7 hours, the battery will deteriorate over time like in phones so realistically the more in the beginning means the more likely the device is to last the day in a year or so.|
|Laptop carry case||Optional extra||Choose a hard shell case that the laptop can be transported and used in.|
|Warranty||On site||This means that an engineer will come to the place you buy it from to fix issues with the device. This is often quicker turnaround. They may also offer swap out devices while it is being fixed.|
|Back to base||This means that the device has to go back to the manufacturer should issues occur. Quite often, the manufacturers are not in Adelaide therefore can mean lengthy waits. Note the swap out advice above.|
An example of a deal available to Wirreanda Secondary School customers as of Sunday 10/12/17 for around $450:
Lenovo Ideapad 120s 14” aluminium laptop, Extended Warranty – 3 years total return to Harvey Norman for repair/replace, Thule Case
(Please note that we do not have a deal with Harvey Norman or endorse their products)
In-store Product Care
Each laptop comes with only a 12 month warranty. We recommend at least an extra 2 years of Product Care is purchased. That will mean 3 years of cover for the device with any issues dealt with directly by the store within approximately 5 business days.
Interest Free Finance and Flexirent applications are available.
Already have a device?
If you have already have a device that you intend to bring to school then come and try it out on our network asap.
We recognise that this can be a confusing issue to deal with for some parents and caregivers. Hence, we urge you to contact us if you are unsure of anything in relation to BYOD. We also realise that some families may struggle financially to equip their son/daughter with a device. Again, early communication with the school is key to solving this issue.
Further information is available on the school website on the BYOD link. All communication regarding BYOD should be directed to Nick Jackson, Senior Leader, by email or by phoning the school.
Please note that WSS makes no requirement that to purchase a BYOD device from Harvey Norman or to purchase the device detailed above. The WSS BYOD scheme stipulates only that students have a device that meets the minimum specification requirements:Windows Laptops: Operating System – Windows 7 or above; Screen size – at least 11”; Battery life – at least 8 hours; RAM – 4GB minimum; HDD – 128GB or larger; CPU – i3 or above; Network – 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO wireless network cards; Anti Virus – Windows Defender or equivalent. Macbooks or MacBook Airs: Operating system – OS X Yosemite v10.10 or newer.
Many of the Frequently asked Questions are answered in this comprehensive document: BYOD FAQ 2018
Acceptable Use of ICT
All students and parents/care givers are obligated to read the Acceptable Use of ICT policy in advance of signing the Agreement of the Acceptable Use of ICT Policy. Both the policy and the agreement form are provided below.