BYOD Laptop Program

 

The College has been implementing a BYOD Laptop program since 2014, and all students are required to Bring Their Own Apple Mac OR Windows laptop. 

Contained below are the minimum technical specifications required for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, including software and accessories.

 

BYOD - General Guidelines
Hardware
The device must support our 5 GHz wireless network (ie Dual Band Wireless)
The device must support the 802.11n wireless protocol
It is recommended that the device should support the 802.11ac wireless protocol
The device should have a battery that lasts for over 6 hours
It is recommended that the device include a warranty for the useful life of the computer e.g. 3 years for notebooks/laptops
Operating System
The device shall be running either the current version or the previous version of the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10; or
Apple Mac OS X
Antivirus
An up-to-date Antivirus and Antimalware program.

 

BYOD - General Guidelines

Hardware

  • The device must support our 5 GHz wireless network (ie Dual Band Wireless)
  • The device must support the 802.11n wireless protocol
  • It is recommended that the device should support the 802.11ac wireless protocol
  • The device should have a battery that lasts for over 6 hours
  • It is recommended that the device include a warranty for the useful life of the computer e.g. 3 years for notebooks/laptops

Operating System

  • The device shall be running either the current version or the previous version of the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10; or
  • Apple Mac OS X

Antivirus

  • An up-to-date Antivirus and Antimalware program.

 

Requirements in more Detail


 

Windows Laptop

Apple Mac Laptop

Operating System

Window 7, 8 or Windows 10

OS X 10 or higher

Wireless 5GHz (Dual Band)

802.11n 5GHz

It is recommended that the device support 802.11ac

802.11n 5GHz

It is recommended that the device support 802.11ac

Screen Size

13” recommended

13” recommended

Storage Capacity (Minimum)

128 GB

128 GB

RAM (Recommended)

8 GB

4 GB minimum

8 GB

4 GB minimum

Battery Life (Minimum)

6 hours or more

6 hours or more

Required Accessories

Protective Case/Cover

Headphones/Earbuds

Protective Case/Cover

Headphones/Earbuds

Antivirus

Up-to-date Antivirus (e.g. Microsoft Security Essentials)

Up-to-date Antivirus (recommended even for Mac)

Warranty

The College recommends a 3 year Warranty or AppleCare

Backup

Students are encouraged to backup their laptop (e.g. DVD or External Hard Drive, or use their unlimited Google Drive Storage)

Software Required

 

Windows Laptop

Apple Mac Laptop

 

 

All Subjects

 

 

 

Microsoft Office

or

OpenOffice

(free download from Open Office.org)

 

Pages/Numbers/Keynote (included free on new Macs)

or

Microsoft Office for Mac

Other Software Required on all laptops (latest versions)

Google Chrome, Adobe Reader

 

Teachers of some subject areas may require students to install other free software on their laptop that is critical for study in that particular subject.  The College will support students by loading this software on our Network where possible for students to access and install (e.g. Software which supports our eTexts, and so on).

An alternative to Microsoft Office is OpenOffice (free download) – Students will be able to open Microsoft Office Documents and save as Office documents if required - compatibility is generally excellent.
BYOD Parent Portal

The BYOD Parent Portal is available for all students/parents of schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. (http://byo.syd.catholic.edu.au

Please note that parents may choose to purchase their laptop from a vendor/retailer of your choice – the portal merely offers additional choice. It might be useful to at least use this portal as a reference site for price comparison. Alternatively, you may already have a laptop that meets requirements.

The BYOD Parent Portal provides parents with a number of benefits:
  • Reduced prices obtained by Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) due to economies of scale
  • 3 year next business day warranty repair for all laptops [repairers should be able to make these repairs at the College if you choose]
  • all laptops listed comply with the SCS requirements
  • some retailers offer financing options
  • some retailers also offer insurance options

Please note that:
  • Although other devices are listed, the College requires only MAC or Windows Laptops (not iPads, tablets nor Chromebooks)
  • SCS (and therefore St John Bosco College) does not represent or endorse that any purchase financing.  Any financing availed of are the responsibility of the parent or carer. In this regard and as a matter of policy, the SCS (and the College) is not responsible for any decision made in the financing of the purchase, and encourage parents to seek independent advice if necessary

Some vendor portals require a username and password to access the portal. Please see the credentials below.
Acer via Precision Industries
  • Username: SCS-access
  • Password: password123

Apple via JB Hi-Fi Solutions for Education
  • Access: SydneyCS2016

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to purchase a new Laptop?
  • No – so long as this laptop satisfies the requirements as listed.

I have a Windows Laptop that only has 2.4 Ghz wireless. Is there anything that I can do?
  • Yes. Windows laptops that only have 2.4 Ghz wireless can access our wireless network if you purchase a Dual Band mini USB Wireless adapter (2.4 and 5 Ghz).  These can be purchased for as little as $24, and once the software is installed and the adapter inserted, connects to our network without issue.
  • Ensure that it is a 2.4 and 5 Ghz adapter, and a mini (or nano) USB to make for easy use.
  • Please contact the College if you need further assistance in this area.

I already have a Windows laptop (or Mac) – how can I find out if it supports 5 Ghz wireless?
  • The easiest way is to look at your laptops specifications to find this out. Dr Google is also useful for this. Failing this, please contact us for our help to determine this for you.

Does the Laptop have to have 802.11ac wireless?
  • No. 802.11n is sufficient, but 802.11ac does provide increased access speeds and is the latest wireless protocol.

If I am purchasing a new laptop, do I need to use the SCS Portal?
  • No, you may purchase your laptop from the vendor of your choice.

Does the College have access to Adobe licensing for products like Photoshop, Premier, etc?
  • The College has licensing with Adobe for Adobe Creative Cloud. This will enable students studying particular electives to access Adobe Creative Cloud as part of their course.


Please also note:
  • All students will be supported in connecting their BYOD laptop to the College wireless, printers and other necessary resources
  • Use of BYOD laptops must comply with the College Acceptable Use Policy 
  • All students will continue to pay a Technology Levy for the provision of College wide ICT services. This fee contributes to the provision of classroom hardware such as SmartBoards, data projectors, printers, network infrastructure, and related ICT resources for student use.
  • The College, as always, endeavours to assist families in whatever way it can.  Please contact me if you have particular issues or questions.
  • Whilst College HelpDesk Support Staff will not able to undertake physical repairs to privately owned devices (as this would void warranty), they are always available for troubleshooting hardware and software issues through the IT HelpDesk, and for general assistance of an IT nature.
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