Student Electronic Devices

Parent Essentials

Learning and Student Electronic Devices

The integration of notebook computers and supporting information technologies into classrooms provides a wealth of rich educational resources and tools, that when used effectively, deliver positive teaching and learning outcomes. To ensure access to digital resources and innovative teaching and learning, Willetton SHS has adopted Bring Your Own Device model. This means students are requested to bring a personally owned laptop (not iPad) to school for the purpose of enhancing their learning experience.

 

As a school – teachers, students and parents, we must take care and responsibility with the use of electronic devices.

 

Parents and students are encouraged to read the Usage Policy for Student Owned Notebooks.

 

To access the Microsoft Office 365 Suite/One Drive

Device Recommendations

Several recommendations are available for your convenience through the Winthrop portal below. Willetton has organised device bundles with Winthrop Australia that offer support advantages, with the device collected from the school if it needs servicing.  However, the laptop can be purchased from any vendor of choice.

 

It is strongly recommended that students bring a stylus/pen enabled device. The stylus allows students to annotate and highlight electronic documents, take notes digitally while maintaining hand writing skills, and create, diagrams, illustrations and art work. A 2-in-device which has a touch screen is suitable as is a traditional device with a graphic tablet. The 2-in-1 solution has the advantage of being a single integrated device. For those who already have a laptop or strongly prefer a non-touch screen laptop, the Wacom Bluetooth graphic tablet may be worth considering.

 

Regardless of where the device is purchased, we strongly recommend you consider an optional warranty and case (depending on your insurance cover) to provide additional security in case of drops or spills.

 

The device needs to meet the following requirements;

  • a long battery life (recommend 8 hours)
  • light and portable (maximum 14” screen)
  • capable of running Office 365 software (Apple and Windows devices are suitable)
  • a corporate grade Anti-virus such as, McAfee, Symantec, Trend
  • a physically connected full keyboard
  • not a Chromebook which will not be connected to the school’s network. Issues have also been experienced with some Android machines.

 

Link to Winthrop Australia device portal: https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/willettonshs