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 implemented a 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) strategy. What this means is that all students will need to bring a device that meets the minimum recommended specifications 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 and OneNote), along with OneDrive cloud storage.

Students who study subjects that require specialised hardware and software (list below) will have access to dedicated desktop machines.

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 effectively unlimited amount of cloud storage, along with access to common Microsoft Office applications. Along with the online variants of this software, students are able to download and install the full version on 5 different devices.
Support IT Support will be limited to the provision of core services (Internet Access, Office 365 and OneDrive). Device manufacturers or the point of sale should be consulted for hardware issues. Students are also responsible for managing the software on their device. It is strongly recommended that antivirus software is installed and maintained on all devices. The college IT staff will not be responsible for resolving virus infection or software configuration issues on BYOD devices.
Internet Access Don College provides a reliable, quality internet connection for the access of online learning resources, including Office 365, One Drive and the Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas).

BYOD Options

Laptop, 2-in-1 or Surface Device

Minimum Requirements

CPU: Celeron or equivalent
OS: Windows 10 or OS X
RAM: 4GB
Hard Drive: 32GB-120GB
Screen Size: 10.1 Inch
Wireless: 802.11g
Keyboard: Fixed is preferred
Summary:

A laptop with these specifications can be purchased for $400 - $500. It will be sufficient for day to day work. More powerful machines will be more comfortable and faster, but the cheaper devices will be sufficient for all classroom learning tasks.

There is no need to purchase a new device. Students may continue to use the device they were using in grade 10, or a second hand device can be purchased, provided they meet the requirments.

If students are sudying one of the subjects listed above, that require specialist software and wish to load that software on their device, then a more powerful machine would be desireable.

Tablet

A Tablet device running running the Apple or Android operating system is suitable for accessing the internet, but they are not suitable for writing tasks, as they don't have a hardware keyboard. A tablet is a good complimentary device to a laptop.

Contact Details

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