Personal Digital Devices

Bring Your Own Device

All students in Years 4-12 are required to bring a Personal Digital Device (PDD) for use at school. This is known as BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device”. PDDs have proven to be highly valuable tools for enabling flexibility and collaboration for learning, as well as growing healthy digital citizenship values in students. Please see Minimum System Requirements below.

Students in Year 3 have use of a school-owned laptop, that will be secured overnight at school. Laptops are for school use only, and it is not intended that students take the laptops home. Students in Kindergarten to Year 2 regularly use school-owned laptops and other devices in class, and are taught essential digital literacy skills from the beginning.

NBCS is able to assist students in connecting to

  • the wireless network
  • school email accounts
  • cloud storage 
  • onsite printers

NBCS is not able to maintain or repair PDDs. This is the responsibility of the family.


Special Pricing

For the benefit of our community, the school has set up a partnership with Apple to provide education pricing on Apple devices to our community. Visit the Apple Store for Education website.

 

General Considerations

Power issues and battery life

Although battery charging may be possible throughout the day, it may not be practical in some areas and lessons. Investing in the largest battery offered is recommended. It is recommended that you invest in two power supplies, one for home and one for school use. 

Please refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations on properly caring for your laptop’s battery.

Apple provide a useful resource page on their website regarding battery care and correct battery cycling:
www.apple.com/batteries/maximizing-performance
 

Size and Weight

As devices will be carried during the day and transported to and from school, this should be an important consideration.
 

Internet Connectivity

When using the NBCS wi-fi at school all students will be protected by the School’s internet filtering. If however an iPad or Android device is purchased with 3G capability or a wireless modem is purchased for a laptop NBCS cannot monitor which websites your child visits or manage website access for your child.
 

Ergonomics

A PDD needs to be able to be used comfortably at a height and position that suits each user. Tablet users may choose to purchase a Bluetooth keyboard to use with their device to ensure that the screen is in a comfortable position when used for an extended period of time. 


Minimum System Requirements

Windows 8.1 or Windows 10

  • Intel Core i5 using Haswell microarchitecture (i5 using Broadwell microarchitecture or higher recommended)
  • Minimum 8GB of RAM (or higher recommended)
  • Hard Drive: minimum 128GB SSD (flash storage)(256GB SSD or higher recommended)
  • WiFi Compatibility: 802.11g/n/ac, WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise/802.1x, Dual-Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • Display: minimum 1366 by 768 pixels (1920 by 1080 or high recommended)
     

Apple (Mac OS X)

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite (or later recommended)
  • Intel Core i5 using Haswell microarchitecture (i5 using Broadwell microarchitecture or higher recommended)
  • Minimum 8GB of RAM (or higher recommended)
  • Hard Drive: minimum 128GB SSD (flash storage)  (256GB SSD or higher recommended)
  • WiFi Compatibility: 802.11g/n/ac, WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise/802.1x, Dual-Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • Display: minimum 1366 by 768 pixels (1920 by 1080 or high recommended)
     

Tablets

Any iPad, Windows or Android tablet may be used in conjunction with another device (minimum 802.11g/n/ac, WPA2-PSK/WPA2-Enterprise/802.1x, dual band 2.4GHz + 5GHz compatible wireless adapter required).


Other suggestions

Insurance of Devices

NBCS is not able to accept responsibility for a student’s personal equipment including PDDs. The School’s insurance does not cover loss of PDDs or damage, however caused. Families are urged to investigate personal insurance for student PDD items:

  • Homeowners may choose to specifically insure devices on their Home Insurance policy
  • Some Internet Providers allow for insurance on a wireless account
  • Tailored special insurance relating to use of such devices throughout the educational sphere Australia-wide
     

Antivirus Suggestions 

To avoid difficulties when trial versions of anti-virus software expired, families are encouraged to either purchase the software that was installed as a trial version, or to completely uninstall the trial version software and install alternate antivirus software. Below is a list of recommended antivirus solutions, which are all free. 

  • Sophos Antivirus (available free on Mac only)
  • Avast! Free Antivirus
  • AVG Antivirus Free
  • Avira Free Antivirus
     

“Net Nanny” / Web Filtering

When at school, all users connected to the NBCS wi-fi network go through the school’s web filters, and are protected from inappropriate materials. 

We understand that some families will be looking for similar protection at home. OpenDNS is another free solution. This should be set up on your wireless router at home, so that all users on your network are protected. Please visit www.opendns.com for more information.

“Net Nanny” type software may create difficulties in accessing the school’s wi-fi, due to the many restrictions. Setting up filtering, e.g. OpenDNS, on your home wireless router ensures that your son or daughter won’t face this challenge.


Maintenance and Damage

Whilst on campus, and moving to and from school, students need to be alert to their responsibility for the security of their own personal property – this includes their Personal Digital Devices.

Students are expected to maintain and use all items of their property in a manner that is safe and supportive of the welfare of all on campus. 

Issues associated with a student’s accidental loss, or careless damage/breakage of their own property must be dealt with within the family circle. NBCS cannot assume responsibility for a student’s individual equipment, including personal electronic devices, brought to school or held on site.

The School community expects that any property or equipment, owned either by the School or another student, should not be interfered with in any way, without the owner’s knowledge or consent.

This means it must not be intentionally:

  • damaged
  • stolen
  • re-located

NBCS has protocols specifically addressing the discernment of deliberate/malicious, or accidental damage, to another student’s property, and the consequences that will follow.

Students who wish to alert the school that they believe their property has been deliberately subject to any of the above issues, must report the matter immediately to the nearest staff member, who will alert them to the procedures to follow.

Students who are determined, by the School, to have deliberately interfered with the property of another student will be subject to the School’s Care Management Procedures and may have their continued enrolment brought into question. 

When steps of the NBCS protocol lead to the School’s decision that a student caused accidental damage to another student’s property, relevant families will be alerted of the final determination. NBCS has no role in mediating further communication between families on the matter of accidental damage by other students.