Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Whitsunday Anglican School has adopted a BYOD approach to technology usage across the School for Years 4 to 12. This model gives parents and families a personal choice of selecting equipment (including accessories) to suit the individual needs of each student. BYOD is becoming more common in the education sector, as it is within business environments.
The School provides students with enterprise-grade communication and productivity services as part of a Microsoft Office 365 education subscription at no charge to families. Office 365 provides cloud-based data storage, Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) online, and access to install Microsoft Office on student owned devices. The School also supplies a Google G-Suite Education account for each student providing further integration with our Learning Management System (Schoology) and greater interaction with teachers through Google Classroom.
Students require one primary device which meets the hardware requirements below. Optionally, students may have a secondary device such as an iPad/e-reader that they can use for digital textbooks and similar purposes.
Please note that student devices using Microsoft Family Features are not compatible with the school’s network and will not be able to access the internet until it is disabled. While at school, student internet access is filtered to allow appropriate sites. For home use, we recommend Sophos Home or Norton Family Premier for parental filtering and monitoring.
Hardware Requirements for Primary Device
- Minimum specifications:
- i5 Processor
- 4GB RAM (8Gb recommended)
- 250GB internal storage
- Screen greater than 11”
- Physical Keyboard
- Windows 10 Home or Pro are required to run school applications (Windows 10 S is a cut down version of Windows 10 and is not compatible with School applications. If you have this version, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Pro through Windows 10 Control Panel).
If purchasing a new laptop a Windows 10 devices are recommended for the school’s environment.
A Mac device with Windows 10 Home or Pro Configured via Mac’s Boot Camp may also work. Please note, if you are purchasing a Mac, you will need to purchase a Windows 10 licence, as it does not come with the device. Some essential school applications only run on Windows.
Purchasing a new device
If you wish to purchase a new device for your student, the School has arranged special pricing for WAS families through the below retailers allowing you to buy a school-recommended device at a discounted rate. This shopping portal is available here:
- JB Hi-Fi – https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/
- Harvey Norman – https://theschoollocker.com.au/schools/whitsunday-anglican-school-mackay/technology
Students should store all work on their OneDrive for Business cloud storage (school provided with Office 365). This allows the files to be accessed across internet-enabled devices and significantly reduces the risk of lost data in the event of a damaged laptop or USB drive. OneDrive also provides previous versions of files to be accessed in case of accidently saving the wrong edit of a document.
Students may choose to store data on their laptop (This is not recommended), but Students are responsible for ensuring they maintain backups of their files.
Software required in the classroom will be accessed from our Microsoft Intune education portal and will be available on this page towards the end of 2018. To increase productivity in class, students will be requested to have the software from this portal installed on their device prior to the new School year commencing.
Microsoft Office is also available for install at any time from the student’s Office 365 account at https://www.office.com for you to install.
Trend Micro Antivirus can be provided by the School for Antivirus protection of student devices if needed. We would recommend Sophos Home or Symantec Family Premier as it allows for parental monitoring as well as Antivirus protection, where Trend Micro AV does not allow for parental monitoring.
Onsite IT Support
The School has limited onsite IT Support to assist with:
- Connecting to the School wireless network.
- Installing School required software.
- Installation of Trend Micro Antivirus if needed.
- To provide recommendations.
Please note we are not able to assist with hardware issues.
It is recommended that any device used within the School is adequately covered by family / household insurance policy for theft and damage.
If you would like more details or have further queries, please email email@example.com.