ICT - BYOD
Bring Your Own Device
In 2023 Balmoral K-12 Community continue transitioning to a netbook/notebook program starting with Year 7 to enable a more varied approach to new skills.
A BYOD computer should comply with the Balmoral K-12 Community College Technical Specifications and be used as described in the College’s Acceptable Use Agreement.
Balmoral K-12 Community College offers multiple BYOD options:
We encourage all parents to support local suppliers to benefit our local community. The following are some local suppliers who could be approached....
LWT offers group delivery to the school on 30/1/23 to save on shipping. If you would like have the device delivered sooner at your expense contact the school for further information.
Laptops provided by LWT and JB Hi-Fi Education Solutions are robust and designed for education. They all feature onsite warranty from the manufacturer. There are optional extended warranties as well as accidental damage insurance to cover against accidental damage and theft if you wish to take it up.
School Code: BCC23
Where ever you decide to purchase from be wary of upsell; software packages and/or accessories, like anti-virus, that are either unnecessary or over priced. It is very rare that you save money buy purchasing these items at the same time. So, if you are unsure if you need something or not, simply don't purchase. Then if at a later date you find you do need it purchase it at that point. ...It's not a good deal if you don't need it.
Minimum Specifications for Independently Purchased BYOD Computers
Windows 10 (no 'S Mode')
Intel i3 or Ryzen 3
128 GB SSD
Windows 10 (no 'S Mode')
Intel i5 or Ryzen 5
256 GB SSD
While a system meeting the Standard minimum specification will perform the tasks required for all students it is recommended to move toward the Standard Plus specifications for students in higher years and/or those undertaking classes that rely more heavily on computing devices.
If considering a budget notebook, please consider talking to BCC IT Support as cheaper notebooks rarely allow for upgrading and can often have disappointing and a short practical lifespan. A refurbished notebook can perform as well as a new high-end one and can be found at a fraction of the cost of a new low-end laptop. We are happy to support our parents and students with current recommendation and purchasing advice when considering a refurbished notebook.
http://reboot-it.com.au based in Melbourne has in the past had the best prices on Lenovo & Dell.
http://renewd.com.au based in Sydney has excellent prices on HP and Acer.
All required software is either available free via the relevant company website or a license and download will be provided by DET.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information here or would like any further advice or assistance please contact the school and we can put you in touch with the schools IT Manager.