As educators we have known for quite some time that education is not a “one size fits all” approach. So why should that be any different in the device students use? After all, we want to see students learning with the tool and approach that best works for them. From Year 6 at Pulteney Grammar, students bring their own Apple or Windows device to work with.
Students and teachers work across the Office 365 productivity suite as well as utilising platform specific programs which can output to a universal format such as PDF, MP3 and MP4.
The information contained on this page outlines the minimum hardware specifications for devices.
We look forward to sharing your child’s learning journey.
Choosing a device
Some people say that the device doesn’t matter and at Pulteney we believe that parents should have the choice to explore what works best for their child. Choosing the best device for your child, their learning style and for your family lifestyle is important. When you are deciding, look beyond the brand or what is popular. We’ve given you three considerations to think about before deciding.
Consideration 1 – Your Experience
What device do you, as parents, have experience in using and managing?
After all, you will need to assist your child with connecting their device to your home environment (e.g. WiFi, printing, media sharing, filters and monitoring). We recommend you keep this in mind when purchasing a device for your child.
Consideration 2 – The Type of Device
Which device is best for a child’s learning? Furthermore, what type of interface should you consider? Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch?
The era of digital ink has seen the power of the PC and the pen come together successfully on the Windows platform. Apple too have recently released digital ink capable devices and both these offerings allow students to write and draw directly onto their device, take handwritten notes, draw conceptual diagrams or annotate on top of documents, presentations and other learning resources. It has allowed more fluidity in their learning when trying to draw equations in Maths and Science which is far easier to capture with a stylus and digital ink, than it is to punch it into a keyboard. Touch and pen enabled devices now work the way we want naturally. We already have several teachers using digital ink in their teaching; preparing learning material and providing feedback to their students or to assess their work.
In addition to traditional keyboard and mouse, there are several devices on the market that are both touch and pen enabled which offer students that extra modality for capturing their learning and enhancing their creativity.
It’s worth trying them out at a retail shop to see what feels comfortable for you and your child. Here are the recommended specifications for BYOD 2021:
- Intel Core i5 or higher, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U or higher
- Minimum 8GB of RAM, Recommended 16GB
- Minimum 128GB Solid State Drive, Recommended 256GB
- 7+ Hours Battery Life
- Apple macOS 10.15 or Higher
- Windows 10
The School will provide a subscription to Microsoft Office 365, this also includes all the Microsoft Applications and 1 Terabyte (TB) of cloud storage which will be the promoted backup mechanism for students. The School will also make available the Adobe CS 6 suite.
Things to consider:
- Length of warranty
- Servicing arrangements within that warranty period.
- Specifications (mentioned above)
- Insurance – Accidental Damage / Theft & Loss (check your home and contents policies)
- Carry bag / Case for protection
All our specifications are reviewed in October of each year for relevance and requirements.
More information about human interfaces and digital devices is discussed in a paper by Sharon Oviatt. Read more about this study here.
Consideration 3 – Supporting your Decision
Where to purchase?
Parents are able to purchase both Windows and Apple devices from retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks or Harvey Norman. If you do purchase from the Apple Store in Rundle Mall, please mention that Pulteney Grammar is part of the Family Funded program.
What kind of warranty will I need?
When purchasing a device for your child, you may wish to consider a 3-year warranty or period of cover to safeguard your investment. Most retailers offer competitive deals/bundles when incorporating this into a device before payment.
Will I need insurance?
Please note that student devices are not covered by the school for damage, loss or theft. It is recommended that parents explore what their Home & Contents Insurance covers and if insurance is required, parents can select an insurance option when purchasing a device from most retailers.
If you have any questions, please contact eServices on (08) 8216 5555 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.