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Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.

— Vernon Howard —

Learning

IN THE CLASSROOM

To discover the joy of learning is to set a pattern that will remain for life. Our students will live and work in a world where their readiness to assess new ideas and adapt to change with energy, enthusiasm and confidence is vital. These attitudes flourish when achievements are valued by staff, students and their families. Learning to work together is an important aspect of life at Brauer College.

 

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes —

Opportunities

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Our experience shows that if students are to be well-prepared for their life beyond Brauer College academic study should not be their sole focus. For this reason we offer a vast array of co-curricular programs and encourage all students to participate in a wide variety of activities on a regular basis. Teachers see it as their responsibility to work with students to help them develop their own interests and ambitions, and discover new and potentially life-long passions.

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves.

— Andre Gide —

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Welcome to Brauer College.

Brauer College is a unique and vibrant community and we aim to foster in our students a confidence in learning, an enthusiasm for a broad range of activities, respect for others and an aspiration to contribute to the community.

Brauer College provides students with a world of opportunity.

 

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BYO Program Information

Bring Your Own Device Program Details

In 2012 Brauer College introduced a 1:1 netbook program across the school. The aim was to maximise opportunities for students to use technology as part of their everyday practice.

Brauer College has always believed the provision of a personal ICT device is an important asset for students and annually reviews the way these ICT tools are integrated into the curriculum. This program no operates across all year levels.  Advances in the way curriculum is being delivered at the College, combined with the growth in ICT skills of both students and teachers ensures the continued development of 21st century ICT skills amongst our students.

Bring Your Own Technology

Students will use a privately purchased device chosen by them as their principal 1:1 device at school. It should be noted that small mobile devices such as iPods, iPad Mini, smart phones and eBook readers are not eligible as the principal 1:1 device because of OH&S concerns; these are however permitted to be brought to school. Brauer staff will provide access to the wireless network and the internet but will not provide any hardware or software support for BYOT devices. There is no booklist or support cost for this service.

What device do I need to provide?

We recognise that a “one size fits all” netbook approach does not suit all students. The BYOT program allows families to provide a privately purchased device which can be sourced from any vendor. The device can be one of the following types.  There are minimum specifications for each (see next page).

  • Laptop – This includes Windows 8/10 and Apple devices that meet the minimum laptop specification and usually have larger screens and keyboards.
  • Netbook – This includes Windows and Apple devices that meet the minimum laptop specification but are usually much smaller and lighter than a full size laptop. They can have limitations like a smaller keyboard or no DVD. This may include ex-primary school netbooks only where they meet the minimum specifications.
  • Tablet – This includes Windows 10 and Apple iOS devices that meet the minimum tablet specification. Examples of these devices are the iPad and the Windows Surface Pro.

Families should ensure the device meets the minimum specifications provided by the College and that the students have access to appropriate support for both maintenance and use along with insurance.

What about Software?

Laptops will require no software to be purchased due to the extensive use of Web 2.0 tools in the College, such as the Google Apps suite. iPad owners should allow $30 for purchase of apps from the Apple Store. Given this families should use their discretion when considering additional software purchases.

Where do I purchase a device?

Families are free to make their BYOT purchase anywhere. However many local companies work closely with the school and have been provided with this information, and can give sound advice to families about devices that will best meet their students’ needs.

We will be shortly providing details of suppliers who are able to provide suitable devices. Families may purchase directly from these companies or use them as a comparison.

Program advantages

This type of program has many advantages for students and families but a few things should be considered when selecting a device which will become the primary ICT tool for the student.

 

Advantages   Considerations
Personally owned device Families are responsible for repair costs and hardware maintenance, including insurance and fixing damage.
Choice of technology Families are responsible for all software support, except connection difficulties with the wireless network at school
Students can control software and customisation DEECD does not allow schools to accept responsibility for damage, loss or theft of any personal device or belongings
Provides access to latest technologies Familiarity with device and operating system will vary from student to student. Classroom support may also be limited depending on teacher experience relying on the students expertise.

 

Families should consider the ergonomic impact of different size devices both for use and transport. The additional personal uses outside of school should also be considered. Tablet devices have limitations in the software that may be available compared to traditional laptop devices.

 

Minimum BYOT Device Specification

The purchase of 3G/4G mobile data enabled devices is not recommended as this could expose students to Cyber-Safety risks while at school.

All laptops or netbooks

  • Maximum age – 4 years
  • Current warranty and insurance recommended
  • Robust carry bag
  • Minimum expected battery life of 6 hours
  • Minimum 4GB RAM
  • Wireless network adaptor (WiFi) that supports A/N or B/G/N 802.11
  • Windows
    • Minimum Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed. (Windows RT is not acceptable)
    • Celeron or greater processor
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10: Yosemite or greater installed

All Tablets

  • Recommended age – 2 years. Tablets generally have a shorter support lifespan both on warranty and software.
  • Current warranty and insurance recommended
  • Robust carry bag or cover
  • Minimum 10” screen size (not iPad Mini, iPod’s, etc)
  • Minimum expected battery life of 6 hours
  • Windows
    • Minimum Windows 10 installed
    • Minimum 2GB Ram
  • Apple iPad
    • iOS 10 or greater
    • iPad Air or newer

Note: Any Android, Windows RT and Linux devices are currently not 100% compatible with Education Department systems and should not be used as the primary 1:1 device for student.

brauer.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au

(03)55 603 888

PO Box 676
Warrnambool
Victoria, 3280
Australia

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