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Education is an ever evolving entity and each time we listen to the news, open the paper or talk to our children we hear of the emerging importance of technology and the role it plays in education. Like it or not technology is at the forefront of our students’ lives and their education is no exception to this. 

Masada College has had the capability of students bringing their device from home for use at school and this has been embraced by the Year 11 and 12 students in past years. This capability is being expanded throughout 2016 and a formal BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for all students in Years 7 – 12 will be in operation from Term 2 2016. Already teachers are embracing the technology with the introduction of our learning platform Google Classroom. This allows the interaction between teachers and students through the means of communication with which they are familiar. 

So what does this mean for your child?

There will be a need for your child to bring their own device to school from Term 2 2016. The College has some minimum specifications to enable access to the full range of educational programs and these are listed below. For those who initially are not able to bring in a device there will be a small bank of laptops which will be loaned out to students for a finite period of time.

Recommended Minimum Specifications:

 Laptop Computer- either PC or Mac (No iPads as they do not meet the needs of the course software).

  • Feature

    Minimum Requirement

    Preferred

    Why?

    Processor

    Intel core i5 

    Intel core i7 

    The newer operating systems and applications require the latest generation of processors to run efficiently. The i5 offers basic computing capability, but the extra speed of the i7 will ensure your computer can keep up with you for the next few years.

    Memory

    8 GB

    16 GB

    Today's operating systems require at least 8GB of RAM to run efficiently, 16GB to run comfortably. If you'd like to run more than one program at once (Office, browser, music, etc)... even simple ones... more RAM should be on your list.

    Hard Disk

    128 GB SSD or 256G SSD 

    256 GB SSD

    If your computer comes with a solid state option, it will be faster and more reliable. Don't get anything smaller than a 256 as you will find yourself pressed for space soon. External hard drives can help to alleviate space concerns.

    Screen size/resolution

    13 inches or min. 1024 x768

    13 inches or better

    Testing software requires a minimum screen size of 13 inches to support a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768

    Wireless

    802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4/5Gbz

    802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4/5Gbz

    In order to facilitate watching videos in the class at the best quality, speed, and without interruption, we really recommend 802.11ac wireless.

    Operating System

    Windows 10

    Windows 10

    Being as up-to-date as possible is key to ensure that all of your course materials work correctly

    Battery & Power Adapter

    4 hour battery & a power adapter

    8 hour battery 

    Students are expected to bring their laptops with them to class. A fully charged battery before they come to school

    Internet security

    Free or Paid version

    Norton Security

    Students are expected to have a free or Paid version of internet security installed on their device.

     

    There is no need to purchase Microsoft Office. Click here for free access to Office 365 which is the online version.

    BYOD Policy - 2017
    BYOD Student Agreement


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