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BYOx Laptop Program

In order to inspire excellence in diverse and creative learners, Mountain Creek SHS continues to strive towards relevant engaging learning environments and experiences that meet the needs of our students in the 21C.  As part of this shift in teaching and learning experiences to meet these needs, teachers pursue an increased focus on:
  • Project Based Learning
  • Student driven, negotiated and regulated learning
  • Authentic inquiry based learning
  • Flexible and differentiated grouping of students
  • Increased scope for choice in assessment modes
  • Greater participation in collaborative problem solving and learning networks


As a result a personal ICT device as a key enabler for these learning experiences has never been more vital.  Achieving a 1:1 ratio of student to devices when required will deliver much greater capacity and consistency in the delivery and shift towards this contemporary learning environment.

In order to facilitate this goal of 1:1 and in keeping with global, national and state trends, Mountain Creek will continue with our BYOx program with all students in 2018.

In 2018 all students participating in the BYOx program will need to have all SRS fees​ and the $35 BYOx fee paid as well as returning a signed Charter Agreement​ before they will be granted access.

What is BYOx?


Bring Your Own X (BYOx) is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students and/or staff use their privately owned devices to access the departmental networks and information management systems in an educational setting.

Benefits of BYOx


  • A solution to maintain a 1-to-1 model for our students, providing them with access to technology 24/7
  • Greater capacity to participate and deliver inquiry / project based learning with greater student choice and differentiation
  • Students are comfortable and confident using a device they are familiar with
  • Students wanting to personalise their device to suit their own learning
  • Allowing a greater range of parental choice in the purchase of devices
  • Creating a diverse community of devices helping to enhance awareness of emerging technologies
  • Exposing staff to a wide range of platforms which further develops ICT capabilities
  • Promoting reciprocal learning between staff and students in a contemporary learning environment

Device Minimum Specifications


 
Year 7, 8 and 9:

 
These years may not require the use of specialty software and students are able to bring anything so long as it is fit for purpose. Devices such as iPads are fine to bring in as they are able to support word processing and the internet, this being most of the functions needed for these year levels.

The devices that the students bring will need to have a battery life of at least 6 hours of continuous use. Students will not be permitted to bring power cords to school as they are a tripping hazard and are against the school policy.

Jailbroken iPads will not be accepted as BYOx devices, they are too big a security risk and will not connect to the network.

Android devices are not supported on the Mountain Creek SHS network as they are in some ways incompatible with our network and are a security risk.

Students will need local admin access to the machine for the initial on-boarding (connecting). They will also need any software that has been installed to limit their access turned off/ removed for the connection to be successful. Once the initial on-boarding is complete you are again able to restrict the student without them losing access to the network.​

Please see FAQs page for a guide to purchasing a machine for Year 7 students. The guide is found under the First Q and A. (direct link​)

 
Year 10, 11 and 12:

 
Depending on the classes that your student is involved with will determine the type of device needed. Students enrolled in Senior Graphics, ICT, Business, Media or Film & TV subjects are recommended to purchase a device with a dedicated video card – High end devices​. These high end devices would be used to support programs such as Autodesk, the Adobe suite and MYOB.

 
  • Device type: Laptop or ipad
  • Platform: PC/Mac/IOS
  • Screen size: 10 inches or more is preferred
  • Processor: Intel i3 or higher is preferable. Others are fine, so long as they can support a 6 hour battery life at highest performance (not eco-friendly) and the student is able to use it effectively​
  • RAM: 4GB or higher
  • Hard drive: 64GB or higher (if 64Gb may need External Hard Drive)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 or higher, Mac OSX 10.12 (best fit)
  • Needs Wireless Capability
  • Ports: At least one USB port, audio in/out, VGA or HDMI
  • Battery life: 6+ hours (usable time) No cords will be allowed at school


    Jailbroken iPads will not be accepted as BYOx devices, they are too big a security risk.

    Android devices are not supported on the Mountain Creek SHS network as they are in some ways incompatible with the network and a security risk.

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    tudents will need local admin access to the machine for the initial on-boarding (connecting). They will also need any software that has been installed to limit their access turned off/ removed for the connection to be successful. Once the initial on-boarding is complete you are again able to restrict the student without them losing access to the network.

Please see FAQs page for a guide to purchasing a machine for Year 10 students. The guide is found under the First Q and A. (direct link​​)

Purchasing Your BYO Device


There are a number of options available for parents to choose from.

  1. Parents can purchase from their preferred supplier. All warranty and service issues will be the parents’ responsibility. Mountain Creek SHS has no involvement in these arrangements
  2. Parents can purchase through one of our supplier portals. Dell, Acer and HP have provided portals for online purchasing, which include 3 year onsite warranty repairs at Mountain Creek SHS. Parents will need to follow the vendor process to log a warranty claim and then leave it with IT at school.
  3. Parents wishing to purchase an Apple product should visit the Apple Education Portal or the iLove Computers local Apple Business through the below links. Warranty claims are handled by the AppleCare Support team/ taking it into the store. Parents are responsible for warranty and servicing.

Vendor Portals


To purchase via one of the vendor portals, please click on the vendor of your choice (note, order is not indicative of preferred supplier status):

Please Note: All links below will open in a new external browser.

Datacom​ (DELL) 

Please use this access key and password to enter the Mountain Creek SHS portal:     Access Key - mountaincreekshs        Password - mountaincreekshs        ​

Note: You will find a PDF document containing the step by step guide below


Acer Education Portal​ 


HP BYOD Portal 


Apple - iLove Computers​​ (Located in Mooloolaba)


Apple - Direct​ 


Important Note:  Although Mountain Creek State High School has provided links to BYOX Providers on the school website, the school is not in a position to instruct parents where to buy from.  The links are available as a purchasing option for parents, offering the reassurance of only approved BYOX devices that meet the learning and technology requirements of our school.​


 

Student IT Program User Agreements​


 

Useful Resources

Software:

Microsoft Office​​​

AutoDesk​

MYOB​

Norton​

Logger Lite​

Adobe Trial​ - See below for Adobe instructions

FileBrowser​ - Is used to setup iPad school folders


Vendor Info:

Acer BYOD Brochure

Apple Vendor Information

Dell BYOD Portal Information Pack 2015

DELL Vendor Brochures​

Guides:

Printing Instructions​​ 

Year 7 purchasing guide​​

Year 10 purchasing guide

AutoCAD Install Instructions

Adobe Installation Instructions​​​

How to Setup School Folders for a MAC Device​

How to Setup School Folders for a Windows Device

How to Setup School Folders for iPads

Applications:

MAC Folder Connector App (137KB)

Windows Folder Connector​​​​​​

 

FAQs​

 

 IT Updates

 
​​- There is a new version of the Adobe license now available. If you have a version of Adobe that is not working please see IT and get the licesne updated.