BYOD Device Specifications

 

                   Device Specifications and Minimum

                            System Requirements

 

 

WHAT IS BYOD?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the program that allows students to bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. This personal computing device needs to meet certain minimum specifications that are recommended by the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the school.

 

There is some flexibility around which device students can use at school, however Apple and Android devices are not recommended as there will be problems of accessibility to networks and incompatibility of software. We recommend a laptop or a tablet that has an attached physical QWERTY keyboard.

It is essential that the device brought to school has the following specifications.

 

Device Type

 

Windows Laptop

 

Windows Tablet

 

Operating System

 

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

Windows RT

 

Wireless

(See note below)

 

 5GHz 802.11n

 

5GHz 802.11n

 

Minimum Screen Size

 

10"

 

10"

Storage Capacity

64 GB hard drive

16 GB

RAM

 

4 GB

                 1 GB

Minimum Battery Life

 

5-6 hours

 

5-6 hours

USB Ports

At least one USB port is recommended

At least one USB port is recommended

Suggested Accessories

Protective case / cover – a carry case is essential in protecting the device and can also provide ergonomic advantages

Headphones

Protective case / cover – a carry case is essential in protecting the device and can also provide ergonomic advantages

    Headphones

 

Warranty

&

Insurance

 

 

Consider purchasing extra warranty to reduce future repair costs as the device will be used extensively.

 

Devices can become lost or broken easily and insurance is recommended to cover these eventualities

Consider purchasing extra warranty to reduce future repair costs as the device will be used extensively.

 

Devices can become lost or broken easily and insurance is recommended to cover these eventualities

 

 

THE NSW DEC WIRELESS NETWORK

 

The DEC wireless network installed in High Schools operates on the 802.11n 5GHz standard.  Devices with 802.11a/b/g or 802.11n 2.4GHz only should be able to connect to our network if their wifi drivers are current.

 

Ask this question before you buy a device for BYOD -"The NSW Department of Education has a  5GHz (n) wireless network that uses a full range of channels. Will this device connect on all channels in the 5GHz range?"

Do not purchase a device for BYOD unless the answer is "yes".

 

FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATION

Additionally, the device must meet all of the following functional requirements pertaining to software:

 

 

Operating System

 

As per the Hardware Specifications listed above.

 

 

 

 

 

Education Software

  • Web browser Internet Explorer 11 or newer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.
  • Word Processor, Spreadsheet & Presentation Package:  Examples include Microsoft Office & Polaris Office.
  • Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps are free downloads for students via the Student Portal.
  • PDF Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader or compatible
  • Flash and Java (latest versions)
  • Additional subject-specific software may be required.

Please note: Adobe Creative Suite 6 is available as a one of free download for students on their personal devices from the Department of Education & Communities on the following site.

https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/it/learnsyssupport/sdbyod/adobe_for_student_byod.htm

This is strongly recommended for students studying Art, Graphics and Multimedia.

 

Backup

USB or cloud based backup solution (Example: Office 365 or Google Drive)

Students must ensure that their files are regularly backed up. Note that not all "cloud" based solutions will work through the DEC network.

A USB is recommended for all students.

 

Security Software

All devices must have a security program installed and kept up to date. Examples include Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG and Norton.

 

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

 

  • Before students bring their own personal device to school they will be required to sign the student BYOD agreement with their parent's authorisation.

     

  • Students will be required to use devices according to school and NSWDEC policies.

 

  • Students will need to ensure that their device is kept secure at all times.

     

  • Students will need to keep their devices safe using carry case, screen guards etc.

 

  • Long term care, maintenance and support of any devices purchased is the sole responsibility of students (and their parents).

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Those wishing to look at the Departments' BYOD policy can do so at:

https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/technology/computers/mobile-device/PD20130458_i.shtml?level=Schools&categories=Schools%7Ccomputers+%26+internet%7Cstudent+mobile+device+policy