From 2020 Mabel Park State High School will gradually roll out BYOD for students in Years 10-12.
2021 - All Year 11 students enrolled in a General subject and optional for Year 12 students
2022 - All Year 11 and 12 students enrolled in General subjects & new enrolments for The iMPact Project in 2022.
2023 - All Year 10, 11 and 12 students & Students involved in The iMPact Project
Student's today face an ever-changing, technologically advanced, global working environment. Therefore, being equipped to use and engage with technology are essential skills to be successful both today and in the future. For this reason, we require all Year 11 Mabel Park SHS students enrolled in an ATAR (General) subject from 2021 to transition to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
ATAR subjects equip students with the skills for further study. Educational research shows that access to technology on a personal device provides better educational outcomes for students. This increased academic demand and rigour in ATAR subjects, requires students to commit to additional study provided through online learning environments at home in order to be successful. Indeed, schools who embrace a BYOD model enjoy many benefits to student learning and success, such as:
increased student motivation, confidence and engagement with learning because students are familiar with their devices
bridging the gap between school and home learning by making learning a part of students’ lives and by making it readily accessible
greater autonomy in the classroom
greater collaboration between students and teachers
the acquisition of critical IT technical skills and competencies which are paramount for future study and employment.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO SELECT A DEVICE?
The school has adopted a 2-option approach for the implementation of BYOD
Purchasing Option 1:
Parents have the choice to purchase their own device.
Please note: All devices must meet the minimum specifications as outlined below
Intel Core i5
8GB DDR3 Memory
12”-15.” (touch screen highly recommended, with optional stylus)
1920 x 1080 FHD
5Ghz A/C Wireless (Wi-Fi 5)
Windows 10 Home/Pro
OS not supported: Android, Windows 8.1 or older, Chromebook, Linux
Intel Core i3/AMD/Latest generation Pentium
8GB DDR3 Memory
10” and over
1366 x 768
5Ghz N Wireless (Wi-Fi 4) (external adaptors can upgrade to this)
Windows 10 Home/Pro
If minimum specifications are not met, the laptop cannot connect to the school network.
Below are two vendor options for parents to purchase a device from if they wish to do so. Parents are not limited to purchasing from these retailers, however this has been set up to support parents with suitable options.
Students can hire a device from the school for the year.
$100 Refundable bond – returned at end of year with device in good condition
$200 hire fee for the year
(payment plans available)
What devices are not supported?
Microsoft Surface RT– These devices are not compatible with BYOD solution.
Linux Devices– These devices are not compatible with BYOD solution.
Chromebooks– These devices are not compatible with BYOD solution.
Android Tablets- These devices are not compatible with BYOD solution.
iPad - These devices are not suitable for the BYOD solution.
IT support links
Microsoft Teams can be accessed from home by visiting https://teams.microsoft.com/. Students can also install the Teams Mobile app and use the search term Teams in their app store. Students use their normal school login username and password to access the site.
Email can be accessed from any internet enabled device - http://webmail.eq.edu.au
FREE Microsoft Office: Microsoft office is available for free for students in State Schools.
Internet access at school
Once students have their laptop ready to bring to school, they can join our secure, custom built Wi-Fi network.
School technicians can inspect devices but usually cannot perform repairs to devices. The manufacturer or computer vendor must handle all hardware or software faults. Most manufacturers will not cover deliberate damage to a machine and it is the responsibility of the device owner to ensure the safety of the device.
A Wi-Fi network for the future
During 2020, Mabel Park completed a significant Wi-Fi network and infrastructure upgrade to our facilities, to ensure we can provide staff and students with an ultra-fast, modern internet network.
Mabel Park has funded the $400,000 project to ensure we are prepared and ready to accept extra devices on our network during 2021.