In 2012 Brauer College introduced a 1:1 netbook program across the school. The aim was to maximize 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 now 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.
Students will use a privately purchased device chosen by them as their principal 1:1 device at school. It should be noted that small devices such as iPods, iPad Mini, and eBook readers are not eligible as the principal 1:1 device because of OH&S concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laptops and netbooks will require no software to be purchased due to the extensive use of online tools in the College, such as the Google Apps suite. The College is also able to assist students by providing access to Microsoft Office 365 at no cost.
iPad owners will also have access to Office 365 for free, but should allow $30 for purchase of other apps used in the classroom from the Apple Store.
Families should use their discretion when considering additional software purchases.
Families have the option 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.
These local suppliers, and long-time supporters of the College, have been provided details of our minimum specifications, along with details of the software freely available for students.
Families can of course purchase devices from other suppliers, but would need to ensure they are very familiar with the minimum specifications for BYOT devices.
The College has worked with School Locker / Mac1, an education equipment provider and Apple Authorised Education Reseller, to provide a portal for parents to simplify selection of a BYOT device at very competitive prices.
Devices listed meet or exceed the minimum specification and at the time represented the best value offering educational discounts. They provide both ‘onsite’ and ‘return to base’ warranty and repair options.
Another option is using an existing device you already own. Provided it meets the minimum specifications, an existing device is acceptable for BYOT.
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.
|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||DET 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.
The purchase of 3G/4G mobile data enabled devices is not recommended as per the Brauer College Mobile Phone Policy
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.