Readily accessible computers and internet have become an essential part of school life and has enabled a wide range of teaching and learning strategies while facilitating instant access to a huge range of resources including reference materials, documents, images and videos, animations, simulations and learning games.
With the introduction of the DER Laptop scheme, staff at our campus designed teaching programs and learning experiences around the expectation that students will have a laptop or similar device available to access these resources. Since this scheme is no longer operational, our campus is introducing a bring your own device (BYOD) program to fill the void created by students no longer being issued with portable devices.
We are not mandating a particular device. As long as the laptop or tablet complies with our hardware specifications, it will be suitable. The required specifications have been published in the document link below. Much of the software currently available to students with DER laptops, notably Microsoft Office and the Adobe products, will still be available free to students through their DEC logon. These products will provide the necessary functionality. Computer rooms will still be used where specialist software is required.
We realise that this is a significant investment for parents and if this is an issue, the school will have a bank of laptops available for loan where necessary.
Please review the BYOD Checklist (PDF 267KB) for more information.
List of Department of Education student software available.