In 2018, students entering Year 5 and 10 will be required to bring their own laptop to school. Students in all other year levels will continue to use their existing BYOD laptops.

Minimum Recommended Specifications

To ensure your son has suitable access to the learning experiences involving technology for his year, the College has devised Minimum Recommended Specifications for BYOD laptops. These differ slightly across the Junior, Middle and Senior School.

What is a Minimum Recommended Specification? A Minimum Recommended Specification is the lowest specification of a laptop suitable for a student at the College. It serves as buying advice for parents. Our Minimum Recommended Specifications are based on several factors, including:

  • Planned use of technology in core and elective subjects;
  • Battery consumption and longevity of laptop life;
  • Effective pedagogical practices and integration of technology in teaching and learning;
  • Industry advice and our previous experience of BYOD and school-managed laptops.
  • Apple MacBook Airs and Pros are not recommended due to lack of ability to directly touch, tap or annotate on the screen.

Please refer to the following table for 2018 Minimum Recommended Specifications:

Junior School (Years 5-6) Middle School (Years 7-9) Senior School (Years 10-12)
Windows 10
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
  • Processor: i3 or i5 processor
  • Storage: 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
  • Wi-fi: 802.11ac
  • Display: 11” or larger (touch screen with pen that can annotate on the screen is recommended).
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
  • Processor: i5 or i7 processor
  • Storage: 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
  • Wi-fi: 802.11ac
  • Display: 11” or larger (touch screen with pen that can annotate on the screen is recommended).
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or higher
  • Processor: i5 or i7 processor
  • Storage: 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or higher
  • Wi-fi: 802.11ac
  • Display: 11” or larger (touch screen with pen that can annotate on the screen is recommended).
MacBooks*
  • MacBook Air* 11.6″,  i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB flash storage.
  • MacBook Air* 11.6″,  i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB flash storage.
  • MacBook Pro* 13.3″, i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB flash storage.
General recommendations
  • Accidental Damage Protection insurance (strongly advised)
  • STM hard case (strongly advised)
  • Plastic coated labels (laptop, case, peripherals)
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • Maximum weight: 2 kg
  • Accidental Damage Protection insurance (strongly advised)
  • STM hard case (strongly advised)
  • Plastic coated labels (laptop, case, peripherals)
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • Maximum weight: 2 kg
  • Accidental Damage Protection insurance (strongly advised)
  • STM hard case (strongly advised)
  • Plastic coated labels (laptop, case, peripherals)
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • Maximum weight: 2 kg

*MacBook Airs and Pros have no ability to directly touch, tap or annotate on the screen. Macs are sold as a standard range of devices meaning there is no specific Education line of devices with a toughened, reinforced physical shell. Apple MacBooks are especially not recommended for students studying Technologies subjects due to compatibility issues with software and peripherals (refer to the Resources section on this page for more information).

Students studying Visual Art, Graphics, Music and Media Arts in the Senior School are recommended to purchase laptops with larger touchscreen displays (13″-15″), 16 GB memory, 256-512 GB flash storage and i7 processors.

JB Education Parent Purchasing Portal

Villanova College is seeking to assist parents in device selection with an optional Parent Purchasing Portal. The portal aims to simplify purchasing by offering a range of devices that meet the College’s minimum recommended specifications. Parents may use this portal to select a device, accessories, warranty extensions and ADP (accidental damage protection) plans and payment options.

Visit the JB Education Parent Purchasing Portal at:

URL: https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/

School code: VILLA2018

Please refer to JB Education Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/?content=faqs

Please note that laptops purchased through the portal are not supported in JB Hi-Fi Stores. Please refer to the BYOD laptop repairs, servicing and hot swap loans guide.

Preparing a BYOD laptop for use at the College

All BYOD laptops are required to have a set of “software essentials” installed prior to use at the College. These essentials are:

  • Office 2016 (installed via the Office 365 portal)
  • Google Drive File Stream
  • Google Chrome
  • Anti-virus software (refer to the section directly below)

To install these essential software packages refer to the linked guides below. Please note: these links will direct you to the Villa Moodle site (current College email address and password required to access).

Anti-virus software

Installation of anti-virus software is highly recommended. Some devices may come with anti-virus software pre-installed. There are a number of anti-virus packages that you should consider purchasing and installing, including (but not limited to):

  • Avast
  • AVG
  • BitDefender
  • Sophos Endpoint Protection. Note: this is provided free of charge by the College for all BYOD devices. Please note Sophos is not compatible with parental control software called Qustodio.

Labeling BYOD laptops and STM cases

Parents are advised not to engrave laptops as this may void warranty conditions. We recommend adhering a vinyl/plastic coated label to the outside of the laptop screen with your son’s full name and year level clearly visible.

It is recommended parents also clearly label STM hard cases and any peripherals (pens, USBs, mouses) in the same manner.

Resources and Forms

1. 19 March Parent Education Event Resources

1.1 PRESENTATIONS

1.2 PARENT HOW-TO GUIDES

1.3 WEBSITES, SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

  • Common Sense Media
    US-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice on contemporary games, platforms, movies and media.
  • Family Zone
    Family Zone is a cyber safety platform which helps parents support children’s access to the internet, screen time, etc while offering education and information on the risks and benefits of apps installed on connected devices.
  • GCF Learn Free
    GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics covering a broad range of device and software essentials (mac OS, Windows, email, Office), and includes more than 2000 lessons and 800 videos, completely free.
  • Internet Safe Education
    ISE is Brett Lee’s organisation which provides credible and current internet/technology resources to help parents support the health, safety and well-being of children. Brett Lee is endorsed by the Office of eSafety Commissioner and regularly writes articles for Family Zone regarding online trends, games, apps and social media.
  • iParent – Office of the eSafety Commissioner parent portal
    Self-paced mdules and up-to-date support for parents using technology (Australian Government resource).

2. BYOD Information

2018 BYOD Parent Information
2018 Parent Information Brochure (PDF) distributed at Orientation sessions.

BYOD change password instructions
Follow these instructions to change/update your College password.

BYOD reset password instructions
Follow these instructions if you cannot remember your password.

How to retrieve your one FREE Windows 10 license
This resource provides steps on how you can retrieve your son’s one free Windows 10 license. This license may be used on your son’s re-imaged Windows laptops, or to run Windows on a Mac (using Boot Camp, VM Ware Fusion, Parallels, etc).

BYOD information – Macs in Technologies subjects
This PDF contains further information regarding suitability issues of Macs in Technologies subjects.

How to install Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp
This is the official Apple Support article describing the steps and resources required to run Windows on a Mac. Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Mac. After installing, you can restart your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows.

3. BYOD Forms

BYOD laptop repairs, servicing and hot swap loans
FAQ and support contacts for repairs and servicing of BYOD laptops (includes Hot Swap loan laptop form).

Consent Form to have a College-managed laptop re-imaged for personal use
If you wish, your son’s current Year 9 or Year 12 laptop can be reset and used as a BYOD laptop in 2017. To have an existing laptop reset and re-imaged please download this form, compete the details and contact byod@vnc.qld.edu.au asap.

IT Helpdesk Information

The College has a fully staffed IT Helpdesk in the IT Office under Cascia where students/parents can bring BYOD laptops for assistance with passwords, account access, installation issues, diagnosis of hardware faults and other advice and support.

Hours:
Before School: 7.45-8.25am
Morning Tea: 11.25-11.55am
Lunch Recess: 1.40-2.10pm
After School: 3.00-3.30pm

Do you have questions or need more assistance?

If you have any queries, please contact us via our BYOD email address: byod@vnc.qld.edu.au

Your email will be received by IT Staff and Jason Lane (Elearning Pedagogy Leader) and we will be able to assist.