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
  • 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 resources within Villa Moodle (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. This can be installed at school after your son brings his device to the College. 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

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.

Self-installation of software and settings for Windows 10 laptops
Requires College email address and password to access.

Self-installation of software and settings for Mac OS laptops
Requires College email address and password to access.

Installation guide for Sophos Endpoint Protection
Sophos Endpoint Protection is College-maintained anti-virus software, free for use on all BYOD laptops. Link requires College email address and password to access.

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.

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).

How to set up Family accounts on Windows 10 laptops
PowerPoint presentation by Scott Gosling, Data#3, at P & F Parent Evening March 2016

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

How to set up Parent Controls on a Mac
This is the official Apple Support article describing the process to set up Parent/Child accounts on a Mac.

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.

IT Helpdesk Information

The College has a fully staffed IT Helpdesk in the Library 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.