The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program run at the Heights School is to enable all Middle and Senior School students have access to a laptop at school.
Increasingly technology and eResources are becoming embedded into the curriculum and student laptops are now regularly being used for:

  • Creating and submitting work electronically
  • Classroom activities and lesson details
  • Collaborative learning
  • Accessing electronic textbooks
  • Internet based research
  • Electronic interactive assessment

To be able to access these resources, it is essential that all students enrolled in years 6-12 have access to and bring their own working laptop to school every day for use in the classroom. In the Middle and Senior School, the expectation of students bringing a device to lesson is treated with the same importance as bringing any other resource required for learning.

For 2017, here are 3 options for student devices at The Heights School:


School-recommended device

The Heights School has partnered with Learning With Technologies to provide a customised web portal for parents to purchase new laptops specifically tailored towards student learning at school.

These devices come with the following advantages:

  • 3 year onsite warranty provided by the manufacturer
  • Are known and fully supported in the school’s ICT environment
  • Education/Business grade devices
  • Have a long battery life
  • Accidental damage, accidental loss and theft insurance options available


For assistance placing an order, please contact Learning With Technologies on: 1300 550 717


Other BYOD Laptop

Students can also bring in other personal laptops to school. We strongly suggest that laptops used at school meet the following specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 or 10
  • Long battery life
  • 11” or larger screen
  • 120GB or larger hard drive / SSD
  • Up to date antivirus

It is recommended that students have local-administrator privileges on devices to enable them to install and use the resources they need for learning at school.

 

Limited day-use loan program

As a last-resort for families who are unable to provide a laptop for students, 50 basic netbooks are currently reserved for a day-use loan program run by the school. This enables qualifying students to obtain access to a device that is collected from and returned to the school each day.

Prior to students obtaining access to a loan device, parents/caregivers need to sign a loan agreement form which is available from the ICT office at school.

 

 

Using BYOD at school

When BYO devices are first brought into school, there are some important steps which all users must take to connect and configure their device for use in our environment.

Instructions and a Heights School BYOD configuration tool for Windows are available on the school Intranet. The ICT office is available to provide general WIFI connectivity support (up to 15 minutes) for student devices.

Students are advised to charge their devices at home overnight to ensure their laptops are fully charged for use at school the following day.

 

Microsoft Office

We are pleased to announce that from the beginning of 2017, Microsoft Office Pro Plus which is part of Office 365 will be available to all students currently enrolled in years 6-12 at The Heights School. This allows students to install the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to 5 personal computers, whilst they are enrolled at the school for no charge.


For questions in relation to any information contained on this page, please contact:

David Williams
ICT & Services Manager
Email: david.williams459@schools.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8263 6244