Fountain Gate Secondary College has now implemented a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) program across all year levels starting from 2017.

This program seeks to balance:

  • the need for all students to have ‘anywhere, anytime’ access to electronic resources and activities
  • the changes to government funding which mean schools can no longer provide free devices to students
  • the need to minimise financial costs to families wherever possible
  • the need for the students’ devices to have appropriate technical support, and
  • the need for students to continue developing their handwriting and non-IT skills.

Details of the program are outlined in the BYOD Program - Parent Pack. Please read this booklet and contact the school if you have any questions.

BYOD Minimum Requirements

The device must have:

  • a battery life of at least 5 hours
  • a screen size of at least 10" (diagonally)
  • be able to access wireless networks
  • run Windows 10/11+ or Apple MacOS 11+ (Check to see if your Mac can support MacOS 11 and greater)
    • Chromebooks, iPads and Android(Google) tablets are NOT supported.
  • have a physical keyboard (i.e. not an on-screen keyboard)

Recommendations

  • a minimum HDD/SSD capacity of 128GB or greater
    • Recommend at least 256GB or greater for students taking any media classes
  • 8GB RAM or greater

What you need to do

  1. Have a notebook computer (device) which meets or exceeds the minimum requirements.
  2. Prepare the device for use at school by following the simple step-by-step instructions and sign the BYOD Usage Agreement in your school document pack.
  3. Ensure your son/daughter brings the device to school fully charged every day, and follows the BYOD Usage Agreement they have signed.

BYOD documentation regarding rules, regulations and requirements maybe subject to change.