BYO Technology

St Luke’s Anglican School has a BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) program in which students from Year 4 and up have been encouraged to bring their devices from home to access the wireless network throughout the campus to assist in their learning.

There have been some great examples of where these pieces of technology have strongly enhanced and streamlined how students have been able to undertake their work and seamlessly transition from within the classroom to outdoor areas and home. Using electronic textbooks thus limiting the necessity to carry lots of heavy textbooks in school bags is one such example.

With the large numbers of students we are seeing actively participating in the program, St Luke’s is looking to formalise the program for 2017 for Years 7 to 12. The following information will update you about our direction over the next 12 months so you may make an informed decision if you were looking at purchasing a piece of technology with the intent of using it at school in 2016 and beyond for your child(ren).

Given the School's move to engage students through our growing Google Apps for Education platform, a device that is capable of running a fully featured version of Google Chrome with a keyboard will be required in 2017. Examples of these are:-

  • Google Chromebook (strongly recommended) available from Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, HP, Lenovo and Dell
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or MacBook
  • Windows 7-10 laptop

For those students who have devices such as iPads, iPods, Androids (Samsung etc) and Windows RT based tablets you may have already experienced the limitations that these devices present when using the Google Apps platform. We understand the value that these devices can add to educational outcomes. We regard the additional contribution of the cameras plus the mobility of these devices as assets and we will therefore continue to support and encourage students to bring these if they wish.

With this move, we are hoping to invest our resources in providing robust infrastructure to support these devices so that reliable and consistent outcomes can be achieved when leveraging technology for staff and students, in and out of the classroom. One of these resources will be to support and maintain access to high performance computer laboratories to use specialist software to support subject specific toolsets.

Further Specifications

To ensure the device is as useful as possible the below are specifications we suggest be adhered to. These specifications will ensure speed and longevity of the device in our current environment and should render the device serviceable for 3 years.

Chromebook (recommended)
Memory: 2GB RAM or higher
Storage: 16GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
Wifi: 802.11n 5 GHz minimum (802.11ac recommended)
Screen size: 10” – 13” (touchscreen optional)
Advertised battery life: at least 6 hours
Maximum weight: 2kg
MacBook
Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
Storage: 120GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
Wifi: 802.11n 5 GHz minimum (802.11ac recommended)
Screen size: 10” – 13”
Advertised battery life: at least 6 hours
Maximum weight: 2kg
Windows 8.1/10 Laptop
Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
Storage: 60GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
Wifi: 802.11n 5 GHz minimum (802.11ac recommended)
Screen size: 10” – 13” (touchscreen optional)
Advertised battery life: at least 6 hours
Maximum weight: 2kg

Current recommended model is Acer's Chromebook C738T.

You can purchase from the following:

Queensland Computers (Local)
JB HiFi Education (Online)
Queensland Computers are local stockists of all three types of devices: Chromebooks, MacBooks and Windows based laptops.

http://queenslandcomputers.com.au/

For delivery, finance, extra warranty and accidental damage protection, an online purchasing portal has been set up with JB HiFi Education. To access the portal click the link below and quote our school’s unique code of ‘SLAS2018’.

JB Education FAQ
JB HiFi Warranty Information