We strongly recommend that all students from year 7 - 13 are equipped with a personal device for 2021.
Since introducing 1:1 device use with a pilot class 6 years ago, we have been ‘rolling up’ a 1:1 device learning environment year by year. During this time the school has transformed many of its other systems to digital platforms. Students in all year 7-12 classes now routinely use access to their school digital platform (Google for Education) for their normal work. Device use is about ‘which technology is best’ - device or paper and pen, and often this means using both at once.
In 2021 we continue rolling up this process. It is important that we prepare students for their future, not our past!
As a school we have found chromebooks to be robust and cost effective. These are recommended for year 7 to 13, remembering that Senior subjects may require a device with higher specifications. iPads are not recommended as they have less functionality when using the Google platform.
We recommend buying a device that is or can be updated to the latest operating system as this will give the device a longer life and allow newly introduced apps to be used.
Please be aware that these minimum specs could change during the year as the apps we use are updated.
There is no need to buy Office software e.g Word as this can be downloaded for free using your student email and password. Office 365 download here.
We recommend installing antivirus software. Here is one option that can be bought using your student email and password.
We recommend buying insurance for the device that covers accidental damage for 3 years. Most repairs are over $100 and insurance is available for less than this.
Updated June 2021