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Colo High School

Colo High School

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Bring your own device (BYOD)

The school recognises the need for prepare our students for the rapidly-changing world, where technology plays a large role in our personal, social and professional lives.  Our bring your own device or BYOD program will help aid students need for understanding and working with technology by encouraging students to bring their own laptop or tablet to school for the purpose of learning. 

Why BYOD

BYOD supports our schools teaching methods and future focused learning by embedding technology into both teaching and learning practice. Students are better able to interact and engage with programs, whilst teeachers are better equipped to engage with students through the use of specially designed programs to optimise the learning experience.

BYOD builds on fundamental and necessary skills, such as creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication. BYOD helps close the achievement gap and provides necessary skills for career preparation.

BYOD also increases teaching time by allowing for greater participation in interactive educational games, access to resources, supports collaborative projects through online communication and sharable data and enables ‘real time’ formative assessment in class via online quick quizzes and much more resulting in engaging lessons and study. 

Which BYOD device does Colo support?

Students are able to use any device provided it meets the requirements set our by the school. 

To assist families purchase devices, Colo has teamed up to HP to offer a range of suitable devices and peripherals at a heavily discounted price. All devices offered at Colo's HP Store meet the requirements of our BYOD policy.

You can purchase devices here:

http://hpshopping.com.au/colobyod

BYOD specifications

The following device specifications must be met in order for a device to be used for the Colo BYOD program.

  1. Wireless connectivity: High schools: The department’s Wi-Fi network installed in high schools operates on the 802.11n 5Ghz standard. Devices that do not support this standard will not be able to connect.
  2. Operating system:The current or prior version of Windows or MacOS. (No Android or iOS.)
  3. Software and apps: School-based requirements. All software and apps should be fully updated.
  4. Battery life: A minimum of 5hrs battery life to last the school day.
  5. Memory and RAM: A minimum specification of 128 GB storage and 4 GB RAM to process and store data effectively.
  6. Hardware features: Camera and microphone.
  7. Ergonomics: Minimum 11.6” screen and a (non-screen based) keyboard to enable continuous use throughout the day.

Other considerations

  • Casing: Tough and sturdy to avoid breakage.
  • Weight: Lightweight for ease of carrying.
  • Durability: Durable and strong.
  • Accessories: 
    • Carry case: Supply a carry case or skin to protect the device.
    • Insurance and warranty: Be aware of the terms of insurance policies/warranties for the device. The school will not accept responsibility for loss or breakage.
    • Back-up storage: Consider a portable hard drive as an appropriate source of back-up storage for essential documents.