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.
- Laptop computer either PC or Mac. (no iPads as they do not meet the needs of the course software)
- Intel corei5 processor
- 4 Gb RAM
- 500Gb Hard Drive
- Windows 10 (sold with most new computers)
- Anti-virus software (free on-line versions are sufficient)
There is no need to purchase Microsoft Office. Click here for free access to Office 365 which is the online version.
BYOD Policy - 2016
BYOD Student User Agreement