From the start of 2017 Indooroopilly State High School students provide their own laptop for learning. Laptops will need to meet specific requirements in order to be connected to the school network. Please see specifications below. The school has links with four retailers as an option for parents purchasing a Bring Your Own (BYOx) device. The use of these retailers is not mandatory and they are provided as a convenience for parents. Links to the retailer websites are below on this page.
IMPORTANT LINKS FOR STUDENTS (you may wish to bookmark these)
Access your email
Access Learning Place
Get Microsoft Office Software(Free for state School Students)
Microsoft office is available for free for students in State Schools. (LINK HERE)
THE LAPTOP PROGRAM
Joining the program
An annual parental contribution of $60 applies for the BYOx program. This is payable at the start of each school year. Students new to the scheme will also need to complete the BYOX Charter 2018 v1.1 SHORT FORM AGREEMENT. The annual fee contributes to the following items:
- BYOx Connection Licence (for up to three devices per student)
- BYOx Licence for Adobe Creative Suite
- Hot Swap pool for limited loan when BYOx device is non-functional
Important documents for the BYOx Program
BYOx Devices Minimum Specifications (UPDATED February 2018)
What devices / operating systems are not supported?
Microsoft Surface RT – These devices are not compatible with BYOx solution.
Linux Devices – These devices are not compatible with BYOx solution.
Chromebooks – These devices are not compatible with BYOx solution
Windows 10S – Windows 10S cannot run software that has not been downloaded from the Windows Store.
This operating system is not suitable for school use. Windows 10 Pro is OK.
WINDOWS MACHINES SPECIFICATIONS:
These devices will be suitable for general purpose computing, excluding Video Editing and CAD:Windows Machines (Entry Level/ General Purpose) – 4GB Ram, 128 GB HDD minimum, Battery sufficient to last 6 hours on Balanced Power Mode. 64bit Operating System (Windows 8.1, Windows 10)
These devices will be suitable for higher level computing, including Video Editing and CAD: Windows Machines (CAD/Media) – Core i5/Core i7, 8GB Ram, 256 GB HDD, Battery sufficient to last 6 hours on Balanced Power Mode, 64bit Operating System (Windows 8.1, Windows 10)
HARD DRIVES : Most new laptop computers come with “SSD” hard drives which are smaller in capacity but faster than the traditional magnetic hard drives. For additional data storage, a good option is a robust, external USB3 hard drive, the external drive is suitable for DATA storage, but not for installation of SOFTWARE.
MAC MACHINES SPECIFICATIONS:
* NOTE for students with MAC’s studying Graphics Subjects *
Students studying Graphics subjects which require the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (AutoCAD , REVIT, Inventor) will need to have a copy of Windows on their MAC as well as either as virtual machine or Dual Boot. The Windows licence will need to be privately purchased. School ICT Services can advise how to do this and how to install.
Macbook Air OSx 10.5 or Higher Wireless 5.4Ghz,128 GB HDD minimum
Higher level computing:
Macbook Pro OSx 10.5 or Higher Wireless 5.4Ghz,256 GB HDD minimum
HARD DRIVES : Many new laptop computers come with “SSD” hard drives which are smaller in capacity but faster than the traditional magnetic hard drives. For additional data storage, a good option is a robust, external USB3 hard drive.
Accessories: Protective Hard Case, Warranty coverage
Optional (but recommended): Accidental Damages Insurance
Do you allow IPADS?
Both IPADs and Android Tablets can be connected to the BYOx network but these devices will not be able to support effective learning when:
• Access to network file shares and printing is required because IPADs and Androids cannot connect to these services
• Significant text entry is required because the screen keyboards on these devices are not suitable for ergonomic large text input (a Bluetooth keyboard would be needed)
• Use of school software licensed for BYOx devices is required because the software runs only on Windows or Mac devices
Students are expected to have a laptop computer sufficient for their curriculum needs as defined in the specifications on this page.
Vendor Portals – options to purchase:
Four vendor portals are now available as an option for parents purchasing a BYOx device. The use of these portals is not mandatory and they are provided by vendors as a convenience for parents. The school is not involved in the private transactions between parents and the vendors. The school does not accept deliveries on behalf of students/parents. Please ensure that online orders are sent to your home address.
ACER (Windows devices)
Acer offers Acer Windows machines.
HP (Windows devices)
HP Offers HP Windows Machines.
SCHOOL LOCKER (Windows and Mac devices)
School Locker offer Windows and Mac devices.
** Important Notes on this vendor**
This vendor provides student pricing which can be obtained by the use of a loyalty card. The card provides an access code for special pricing. Cards can be collected from Indooroopilly State High School Administration. Only one card per family is required.
This vendor also provides a rebate to the school for each purchase made in the name of Indooroopilly State High School.
For further details, contact Andrew Waddell, Head of Department, ICT Systems Integration at email@example.com.