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BYOD - Information for Families

Senior students are encouraged to bring their own portable IT devices to school to use in the classroom to support their learning.

Senior students can bring netbooks, laptops, or tablets. It is not necessary to purchase expensive application software as free options such as open source (e.g. Open Office) or cloud based (e.g. Google Docs) applications are perfectly acceptable for general classroom use.

Choosing the right device
Although there are no strict specifications regarding student devices to be brought to Marist College at the present time, some recommendations are as follows:
Price: You can get an entry-level student computer for between $350 and $600. Seniors taking specialist subjects may want 'higher spec' devices.
Size: A screen size of at least 12" (measured diagonally)
Weight: Weight less than 1.8kg
Keyboard: A keyboard is recommended - may be detachable.
Battery life: At least 8 hours.
Protection: A padded case is recommended.
Operating system: Any common operating system is acceptable.

Software: The device should have some type of word processing software and a web browser. Antivirus software is also recommended. Microsoft Office is available free for students from the Microsoft website as long as your daughter signs up using her Marist College email address. 
This article has some interesting insights about the different types of devices being used in schools: BYOD device comparisons.pdf   This handy guide to choosing the right device for your child from Microsoft is really useful: 
http://www.microsoft.com/nz/schooldevices/

Security
The College does not have the physical space to provide lockers for all students. Responsibility for the security of the device will rest entirely with the student. Classroom security cannot be guaranteed and in the interests of protecting staff they will not be allowed to handle or store student devices. Students will need to know where their device is at all times and never leave it unattended. A device should only be used by the owner. Devices should be clearly named. Parents should check with their insurer to see what level of protection is provided.

Student Responsibility
Students will need to look after their devices and treat them with care. They should ensure that they bring them to school fully charged. They will be expected to work in battery mode. Important work will need to be backed up either to another device (e.g. memory stick, external drive) or to the internet.  If students cannot access work on their computer they will need to work in the traditional way. Students should be familiar with and abide by all aspects of the Cybersafety Agreement which they signed as part of the enrolment process. A copy of this can be accessed from the school website. 

Classroom Use
The device is to support the students learning for educational purposes. Students will not be permitted to listen to music or communicate with each other during lessons (e.g. chat, Skype, email, etc) unless directed by a teacher. Headphones must be used when watching video clips. Non-compliance and off-task behaviour will be managed in the usual way through the College‚Äôs behaviour policy and processes. 

The Network
All students have access a wireless connection at school which provides them with access to the Internet. We have sophisticated filtering in place to prevent access to inappropriate material but the ultimate responsibility rests with the user. All internet traffic is monitored and can be tracked to an individual. Students may not use the school network to engage in illegal activities including copyright infringement. Cyberbullying
The College has a zero tolerance of all forms of bullying. Any bullying should be reported immediately so that it can be dealt with. 

The Technician
The College technician will not be available to support student use of own devices unless for specific applications agreed to by SMT.

Printing
The College cannot provide printing services for students from their own devices. They will need to print via a USB.