In 2017, students entering Year 5, 7 and 10 will be required to bring their own laptop to school. Students in Years 6, 8 and 11 in 2017 will be continuing with their BYOD laptops used in 2016.

Minimum Recommended Specifications

To ensure your son has suitable access to the learning experiences involving technology for his particular 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 a number of 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.

Please refer to the following table for 2017 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, i5 or M 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
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • TANC hard case
  • Maximum weight: 2kg
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • TANC hard case
  • Maximum weight: 2kg
  • Advertised battery life: 6 hours or higher
  • TANC hard case
  • Maximum weight: 2kg

*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 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 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 a Parent Purchasing Portal. The portal aims to make purchasing simpler by offering a range of devices that meet minimum specifications for the College. All laptops in the portal meet the Minimum Recommended Specifications listed above. 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: VILLA2017

Preparing a BYOD laptop for use

Parents are not required to purchase or install any educational software for their son’s BYOD laptop.

Therefore, all BYOD laptops need only come to school “ready to use” and ready to connect to the College BYOD wi-fi network. It is recommended students not install games or add movies to the laptop as this will decrease available storage space and be a distraction to the educational use of the device.

All education software (Office 365, Google Drive, etc) will be installed at the College during scheduled “Start-up Sessions” during Weeks 1-2 of Term 1. New students will be issued network usernames and passwords during these start up sessions. All students will be provided instructions for connecting to the College BYOD wi-fi, setting up a College email account (using Outlook), accessing Moodle, BYOD printing, connecting apps to Office 365/Google and synchronising cloud drives with their laptop.

It is essential all parents provide Administrator information (username and password) for the “Start-up Sessions” to occur as planned. Parents may send this to school in an envelope with their son’s laptop, or email this directly to their son’s Year 5 teacher, Year 7 teacher or our BYOD email address. Without Administrator level credentials your son will not be able to install software and change laptop settings while at school. This will inhibit your son’s use of the laptop as he commences his school year.

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

Parents are advised not to engrave laptops as this may void warranty conditions. At the start of the year, the College will provide one label per student in Years 5, 7 and 10 with the student’s name, ID number and House. This label must be affixed to the BYOD laptop to assist teachers and students identifying laptops at the College.

It is recommended parents clearly label hard cases with their son’s name. Any peripherals such as pens should also be labelled in such as way as operation is not impeded.

Resources and Forms

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.

Installation Guides – Office 2016 and setting up Outlook

BYOD Self-installation guide for Windows – Office 2016

BYOD Self-installation guide for Windows – Outlook 2016

BYOD Self-installation guide for Windows – Set Outlook as the default email app

BYOD Self-installation guide for Mac OS – Outlook 2016

BYOD Self-installation guide for Mac OS – Install Office 2016

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.