Devices

Wireless connectivity:
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 to the 5Ghz network.

Operating system:
The current or prior version of Windows 8 Mac OS X, or iOS
Software and apps:
School-based requirements. All software and apps should be fully updated.

Battery life:
A minimum of 5hrs battery life to last the school day.

Memory and RAM:
A minimum specification of 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM to process and store data effectively.

Hardware features:
Camera and microphone.

Ergonomics:
Devices should have a reasonable sized screen of at least 7 inches and a sturdy keyboard to enable continuous use throughout the day.

Other considerations:
Casing: Tough and sturdy to avoid breakage. For tablets and iPads a case that attaches to the device and that has a keyboard is recommended.
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.

Software

Microsoft Office

If you buy a new device for your child you will NOT need to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office. As a student of the NSW Department of Education your child can download up to 5 legal copies of the Microsoft Office Suite from their Office 365 account.

Adobe Creative Suite

A free copy of Adobe Creative Suit is available through the student portal.

Students will learn how to access software packages at BYOD BootCamp in 2016.