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BYOD or Bring Your Own Device

This component of our 1:1 technology program requires that students have their own computing device that will be able to access the College wireless network. Giving students the opportunity to be able to use their own device, one with which they are most comfortable, we feel will be most effective and beneficial. Students will have full, unrestricted access to their own software and hardware which will allow them to manage and personalise their device.

Details of the BYOD Component are as follows:

Students are free to bring their own technology from home to utilise as part of their learning. (Existing devices are acceptable provided they are approved by the ICT support team.) All guidelines contained in the ICT Acceptable Use Agreement must be adhered to. This agreement is to be signed by all students, parents/guardians at the beginning of each year.

As a college we will support, at this point in time, Apple and Windows based technologies. This includes mobile technologies such as the iPad Mini and iPad, as well as the range of Apple Macbook and Windows laptops/netbooks. Android devices are not supported as they do not meet the configuration requirements of our EduStar network.

With students bringing their own devices to the College to assist their learning, we need to ensure that the technology that they are utilizing is relevant for their learning needs. The requirements/recommendations for student owned devices, including software, are summarised below.

Device Recommendations

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, iOS 7 or higher, Win 7 or higher

Processor: Minimum – Dual Core/Quad Core or higher for new devices

Memory: (Laptop) (RAM): Minimum – 2G/Recommended – 4GB or higher for new purchases

Hard Drive: Laptop – Minimum – 250GB/Recommended: 500GB or higher

iPad – 16GB or higher.

Wireless Connectivity: 802.11 G or N or better (B not supported)

Keyboard: Laptops: Full QWERTY keyboard suited for touch typing. iPads: External Bluetooth Keyboard recommended but not necessary.

Power Adapter: Students are required to be equipped with a power adapter which meets safety standards at all time should recharging be required. All charging is to be done at home.

Software Recommendations

DEECD provides the EduStar Standard Operating Environment image for student use on either Windows or Apple computers. The College recommends that student BYOD computers be imaged with EduStar. EduStar includes an extensive range of free and licensed software worth several hundred dollars including Microsoft Office (See appended EduStar software list).

Internet Browser: Latest version of Safari (Mac/iOS – recommended), Firefox or Chrome for Windows – recommended. Internet Explorer should be version 10 or higher.

Internet Browser Plugins: Adobe Flash, Java, Microsoft Silverlight, Shockwave Player

Office Applications: Microsoft Office or Apple iWork 11, Open Office (free).

Office applications typically provide word processing, spreadsheets and other utilities. Increasingly, these application are available as cloud services. For most situations, Google Docs (provided through the College Google Apps for Education) is sufficient, and has the added advantage of being stored in the cloud so that work can’t be lost.

Student pricing is available through Microsoft and Apple. Open Office is free.

What level of IT support will the College provide?

Our College helpdesk staff will be available to support students and their families.

We will provide assistance with technical issues, such as ensuring that the student’s device connects to the Wi-Fi network and all available services such as email and printing. The IT Department will not undertake mechanical repairs. All devices should be under warranty, so any technical faults will be addressed under the terms of the warranty, meaning that parents/families are responsible for having devices repaired.

Windows PC products purchased through Learning with Technologies are available with a 3-year onsite warranty service.

Purchasing through the College

ICT products can be purchased (recommended) through Learning With Technologies (Windows) and Computers Now (Apple). Apple provide a student discount through their website.

Learning with Technologies

LWT provides a managed BYOD service that incorporates letting parents purchase directly, allowing schools to continue to manage IT hardware by providing a standard platform to maintain SOE (Standard Operating Environment) images on devices and reducing ongoing service headaches. LWT operate a Parent Portal for purchase and supply of Windows devices.

Finance options approved online

Our portal offer parents the ability to pay by Interest Free with instant online approval. It removes messy paper work that can delay delivery to parents.

We can deliver direct to parents

LWT can deliver direct to parents with Australia Post eParcel meaning parents can pick up their unit from their local post office when it suits them.

Imaging of units

By using a managed BYOD program, a school can continue to implement an SOE if required. LWT can have units pre-imaged before delivery. For Victorian Government Schools that choose compatible hardware, this means we can preinstall eduSTAR which the education department has now licensed for student owned machines.

Onsite warranty and Onsite Accidental Damage Insurance

Service can be supplied onsite meaning quick turnarounds and no hassles returning products to base.

Many retail warranties are Return to Base and generally take at least 2 weeks from initiation to completion. LWT programs feature tailored Service Level Agreements (SLA) created to meet each school’s needs – in most cases ‘Next Business Day’ is our standard response time (Metro areas).

LWT has a dedicated 1300 toll free number dedicated to warranty and service repairs and provide their own local helpdesk to minimise downtime.

Accidental Damage Repairs Onsite with Instant Approval

If your student’s unit is dropped, stepped on, driven over, pulled off a desk, fallen out of locker, lid has been closed with a pen on the keyboard, or had a liquid spill then it’s a bad day! Luckily accidental damage repairs can be requested in the same way as any hardware failure. Our technicians will carry out the repairs except for motherboard level repairs that will need to be sent to Acer in Sydney.

Computers Now

Computers Now are Australia’s leading suppliers of Apple products to the Education sector. See information sheet for details of available services and products. Products purchased through Computers Now discounted for educational use.


In Term 4 each year the College will provide a list of required apps for secondary iPads. Some of these may be provided through discounted volume licensing through the College.

EduStar Software

  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 9
  • Adobe Reader Internet Explorer Plug-in
  • Adobe Reader X
  • Adobe Shockwave Player
  • Apple Application Support
  • Apple Software Update
  • Audacity
  • Audacity Tutorial
  • Blender
  • CDBurner XP
  • Comic Life
  • CutePDF Help
  • CutePDF Tutorial
  • CutePDF Writer
  • Debut Video Capture Software
  • DVD Flick
  • DVD Flick Tutorial
  • eduSTAR Student Navigator
  • Encarta Dictionaries
  • Encarta Kids 2009
  • Format Factory
  • FreeCAD
  • FreeMind
  • Game Maker
  • Game_Maker Tutorial
  • Gcompris
  • GCompris Admin
  • Genius Maker
  • GeoGebra
  • GIMPshop
  • Google SketchUp
  • Graphmatica
  • HandBrake
  • Handbrake Tutorial
  • Inkscape
  • InkSeine
  • Inspiration 9 IE
  • InspirationData 1.5
  • IRFanView 4.30
  • IRFanView Plugins
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Kahootz 2 – for lower resolution PC’s, eg Netbooks
  • Kahootz 3 – for higher resolution PC’s, eg Staff Notebooks, Desktops
  • Kahootz 3 Tutorial
  • LEGO Digital Designer
  • Media Center
  • Microsoft AutoCollage 2008
  • Microsoft Chemistry add-in for Word
  • Microsoft Clip Organizer
  • Microsoft Expression Web 3
  • Microsoft Expression Web 3 SuperPreview
  • Microsoft Interactive Classroom
  • Microsoft Learning Content Development System
  • Microsoft Learning Essentials for Students
  • Microsoft Mathematics
  • Microsoft Maths Worksheet Generator
  • Microsoft Mouse Mischief
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Language Settings
  • Microsoft Office Access 2010
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 (or above)
  • Microsoft Office Diagnostics
  • Microsoft Office Digital Certificate for VBA Projects
  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging
  • Microsoft Office Document Scanning
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2010
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath Designer 2010
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath Filler 2010
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 (or above)
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting Recording Manager 2007 (or above)
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2010
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Office Project 2010
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Workspace 2010 (Formally Groove)
  • Microsoft Office Visio 2010
  • Microsoft Office Word 2010
  • Microsoft Paint
  • Microsoft PPTPlex add-on for PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Silverlight PivotViewer
  • Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium
  • Microsoft Windows Logo
  • MonkeyJam
  • Movie Maker Tutorial
  • NVU
  • NVU Tutorial Tutorial
  • Paint.NET
  • PaintNet Tutorial
  • Pencil
  • Pencil Tutorial
  • Photo Story 3
  • Picasa
  • Pivot Stickfigure Animator
  • Pivot Tutorial
  • Python Plug-in
  • Quicktime Picture Viewer
  • QuickTime Player
  • Rapid Typing
  • RapidTyping Tutorial
  • Ray’s Letters and Numbers
  • Scratch
  • ScreenMarker
  • Shark007 Codecs
  • Songsmith (Academic Edition)
  • Stellarium
  • Stellarium Tutorial
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection Help
  • Tux Guitar
  • Tux Math Scrabble
  • Tux of Math Command
  • Tux Paint
  • Tux Typing
  • Tux Word Smith
  • USB Drive Letter Manager
  • VirtualDub
  • VirtualDub Tutorial
  • VLC Media Player
  • Wax 2.0
  • Wax Tutorial
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Windows Fax and Scan
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Media Player
  • Wolfram CDF Player 8.0
  • Wolfram Mathematica 8
  • World Book
  • XPS Viewer