Overview

All courses at Don College require students to access computing devices and online resources as part of learning activities. There is evidence that the use of personally-owned devices assists learning, is more efficient and is in-line with global technology trends in education. A large proportion of students already bring their own device to school and use it for learning activities.

Don College has recently implemented a 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) strategy. What this means is that all students will need to bring a device that is within the scope of the recommended specifications (details over page) to their classes each day.

Don College will continue to provide a quality, reliable internet connection - with complete wireless coverage across our campus for the access of online learning resources. In addition, each student will be provided with an 'Office 365' account, which includes access to some common Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and Lync), along with 1 Terabyte of One Drive cloud-storage.

Students who study subjects that require specialised hardware and software (list below) will have access to dedicated desktop machines. Students approved for STAS in will be provided with a suitable device by Don College. There will also be a limited number of laptops available for individual short-term hire from the Library.

Specialised Subjects

The following subjects have specialised, high-end requirements for the latest technology and software. Don College will provide in-class desktop computer access to the students who study them.

Computer Graphics and Design Information Technology Subjects
UTAS Object Design VET Information Technology
Housing and Design Music Technology (Audio Design)
Art Production Photography Art Production Graphic Design
Media Production Electronics

Key Points

Smartphones Smartphones are great for some purposes, however, they should not be seen as the sole BYOD option. Please select a device that is within the specifications listed (on next page).
One Drive This is internet-based storage (cloud) that students can and SHOULD SAVE TO ROUTINELY. It can be accessed from any device, anywhere and anytime (with an internet connection). Even if the physical device that is used becomes unavailable (lost, stolen or destroyed), data can still be accessed and recovered.
Office 365 All students will be provided with an Office 365 account. This includes an allocated amount of cloud storage (1 Terabyte), along with access to common Microsoft Office applications (list below). Along with the online variants of this software, students are able to download and install the full version on 5 different devices.
Support There will be a limited number of laptops available for individual, short-term hire (1-2 weeks) from the Library. IT Support will be limited to the provision of core services (Internet Access, Office 365 and One Drive). Device manufacturers or the point of sale should be consulted for hardware issues. Students who are approved for STAS will be provided with a suitable device.
Internet Access Don College provides a reliable, quality internet connection for the access of online learning resources, including Office 365, One Drive and Virtual Learning Environments such as Schoology.

BYOD Options

Laptop (Preferred)

Minimum Requirements

CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD A4-5000
OS: Windows 8.1 or OS X
RAM: 2GB-3GB
Hard Drive: 32GB-120GB
Screen Size: 10.1 Inch
Wireless: 802.11g
Keyboard: Fixed
Summary: A laptop with these specifications would be enough for day to day work but may be slow loading applications and starting up. The hard drive can be a fragile component in a portable machine. SSD (Solid State Drive) is a recommended upgrade.

Tablet (Less Preferred)

Minimum Requirements

CPU: 1.2GHz+
OS: Windows, iOS, Android
RAM: 1GB
Hard Drive: 4GB
Screen Size: 10 Inch
Wireless: 802.11g
Keyboard: Bluetooth or Dock
Summary: A tablet with these specifications may struggle with complicated tasks. But would be fine for note taking, simple word processing and browsing.

Increasing the processing power (CPU) would assist the laptop to run more advanced software and extend the useful life of the device. Increasing the RAM and/or adding an SSD drive in place of the hard drive would increase the speed of the device, particularly on startup and loading applications.
The SSD drive is also more reliable and robust.

IT IS NOT ESSENTIAL TO PURCHASE BRAND-NEW DEVICES SOME SECOND-HAND OPTIONS ARE MORE THAN SUITABLE

Contact Details

Please contact the following people for more information:
Josh Dean (josh.dean@education.tas.gov.au)
Grant MacDonald (grant.macdonald@education.tas.gov.au)
Phone: (03) 64 240 200