BYOD Information

BYOD Information

In the past few years, Trafalgar High School has taken significant steps towards the attainment of a digital environment. This has included upgrades to the school network and wireless infrastructure and the implementation of the Compass System for timetabling, student management, roll marking, reporting and communication within our school community. In 2016/2017 we a take a further step towards integrating digital technologies into the curriculum by asking all students to bring their own personal digital learning device (laptop or tablet computer) to school on a daily basis.

The changes we are making to the digital learning environment are crucial if we are to provide the appropriate learning framework for each student in our school. The demands for digital technology literacy can be found in all aspects of our lives. For young people, the demands for skills and literacy in this area of learning will only increase. The BYOD approach will ensure your child is equipped for the present and skilled appropriately for the future.

This page contains information for parents, carers and students on suitable devices, our BYOD policy, purchasing options and support resources. It will continue to be updated as more information is made available.

BYOD Options

Students have three options:

  1. Purchase  a recommended device from our supplier
  2. Purchase a recommended device from an independent store
  3. Bring a suitable device from home if they already own one.

Edunet - Supplier Purchasing Portal

Trafalgar High School has approached Edunet to become our official supplier.

They are a reputable company that have been tested and approved by the Department Of Education and Training and they offer a number of products for entry level, mid-level and advanced computing.

We highly recommend that you purchase your device through Edunet. The school technicians are unable to provide any software or hardware support to any devices that have not been purchased through our supplier.

The Edunet ordering portal has been specifically designed for school environments. The online portal is a step by step system allowing you to select your device, accessories (if applicable), extended warranty and insurance. They offer flexible payment methods and will ship the device directly to the school in a secure and timely manner.

EduNet Portal

The password that you will need to access the portal is THS2017 (case sensitive)

Below are the links to the EduNet Introduction Letter and Device Spec Sheet;

How to Place an Order

BYOD Letter and Spec Information

 

Recommended Devices

If you are buying a new device from somewhere other than our recommended supplier the minimum requirements are:

Device type

Laptop/Netbook/Notebook/iPad

Operating system

Win7/Win8.1/Win10 Or OS X 10.7 or higher.

Wireless

802.11n

Min screen size

11”

Hard Drive storage

120GB HDD

Ram

2GB ( 4 GB recommended)

Minimum Battery life

6 Hours

Please note:  Ipads / tablets are supported by the school network, however, Microsoft Office 365 software and a keyboard are required. Android Tablets, Chromebooks, mobile phones and eBook readers are not suitable.

What technical support can students expect from the schools IT Technician Team?

The following support will be provided:

  • Connection to the school network, printers, Compass and email.

Where a device has been bought through our supplier, additional support will include:

  • Assistance with warranty claims and repairs
  • Full support with hardware & software issues
  • A suite of free preloaded software and device imaging.

Technicians will not connect new devices until both the student and parent/guardian have read the Trafalgar High School Acceptable Use Agreement for Internet and Digital Technologies, and the THS BYOD Policy and signed a BYOD agreement form.

 

THS Acceptable Use Agreement for Internet and Digital Technologies

BYOD Policy and Agreement

 

What are the teacher expectations for the devices in class?

Students will be expected to bring a fully charged device to school each day.

The use of ICT within the classroom will be progressively implemented in the first years of the program with the intention of working towards a common instructional practice of integrating digital technologies in all subject areas and year levels across the school.

We do recognise that, like uniforms, supplies and extracurricular activities, a laptop computer for student use represents a significant investment for families. Please contact the school for any further enquires.

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