St Catherine's Catholic College has a mandatory Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme for all secondary students Year 7 to Year 12.
This scheme has been very successful and has enhanced the learning and teaching opportunities for students, including online/offline texts and immediate access to the most up-to-date research available. Students are also taught digital citizenship as part of Pastoral lessons.
We strongly recommend that insurance is considered, as parents are responsible for all warranty/repairs. Students are very welcome to use an existing device which meets the specifications listed below or you may wish to purchase a new product.
There are minimum specifications which will need to be met to ensure the device will be adequate for the school's network and that students will be able to complete all necessary tasks. As indicated above, parents are responsible for warranty, insurance, etc but we will offer some technical support for simple issues.
For a tablet, the minimum requirements are: 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, min of 10 inch screen, Bluetooth or connected keyboard, productivity software (including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet capacity), WI-Fl connectivity (we would prefer not 3G if possible, as it has the capacity to bypass our net security).
For a laptop, the minimum requirements are: 2GB (or better) RAM, 32GB storage, 9 cell battery (essential for laptop lasting the school day without being charged), productivity software (including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet capacity), WI-Fl connectivity (we would prefer not 3G if possible, as it has the capacity to bypass our net security).
We do not have a minimum or maximum price guide for these devices, but would strongly recommend devices which are not overly expensive (eg $800+), as they are not necessary to achieve the purposes of technology access at school.
We strongly recommend all devices are covered by insurance. Most technology warranties last for 1 year and may not cover 'accidents' which may occur. The College will not take responsibility for any breakages which occur to devices owned by students. This includes phones, tablets, laptops, ipods, etc.
Many Home and Contents insurance policies may offer portable cover for mobile devices. You are encouraged to ask for insurer what their terms and conditions of cover are. If you are looking for alternate insurance, which does cover almost every event which may occur, ibroker is one such company. The insurance is very comprehensive, and details of exact coverage can be found at www.ibroker.net.au.
This insurance would cover: accidental loss (e.g. left on bus), accidental damage (e.g. dropped, stepped on, driven over, pulled off desk, fell out of locker), liquid spill, loss or damage by theft or attempted theft (e.g. from car, on or from way to school or extra-curricular activity, by force). Deliberate damage by owner is not covered, nor is scratches, dents, etc.
We look forward to the new learning and teaching opportunities that this technology will enable for secondary students in 2020.