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BYODD Program

At Mater Maria Catholic College, the iPad and BYOD program supports 21st century teaching and learning. In order to achieve the goal of developing Engage, Positive, Independent and Connected (EPIC learners) the College encourages the use of resources that provide diverse learning opportunities matched to each student’s individual needs. The use of personal technology allows for more active and collaborative engagement in learning inside and outside of the classroom and specifically provides opportunities:

– To use specific apps to support diverse needs
– For self-paced and/or self-directed learning
– To demonstrate learning in a wider range of ways
– To prepare students for a modern workplace where the so called 21st century skills including creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, independence and time management are highly valued
– To meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum to develop the same set of same set of general capabilities mentioned above as well as literacy, numeracy, ethical behavior, personal and social competence and intercultural understanding.

Information relating to the program is formally communicated via the Parents Note Portal on the College website such as:

– The policies and procedures that students will need to follow,
– The prescribed free College Apps
– Prescribed eTextbook list

From 2018, we have decided to trial a BYOD program for students in Years 10, 11 & 12 only. There have been some significant improvements in the network provided by the Catholic Schools Office that means we can now connect a variety of devices as long as they meet certain specifications.

What will this mean for our Year 10, 11 & 12 students?

Students will still need to have a written work book for the majority of their subjects – the device will continue to be a resource that used to support learning at the discretion of the teacher.
Students will need to submit homework and assessments in a format that can be accessed by staff e.g. through the Google suite of apps for education. Students will be able to connect a single device to the school’s Wi-Fi – the device can be a laptop or tablet as long as it meets the specifications below:

IPad - Years 7 - 12

The minimum device specification for the student iPad program is iPad 6th Generation 128GB WiFi only with AppleCare + and should not be confused with the iPad mini.

Windows laptop or tablet - Years 10, 11 & 12 only (NB - This excludes Google Chrome Books)

A current Name Brand Windows laptop or tablet with the following characteristics with the following operating system:
Windows 10 Operating System (excluding Windows 10 S)

Other minimum specifications:
11-13” screen size for laptops
8 hr + advertised battery life
Intel i series processor (i5 or equivalent recommended to lengthen useful life of computer)
Memory – 8GB RAM
Storage – 128GB (Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended)
Wireless support for 802.11 AC
Sturdy EVA case to protect the device inside School bag
Three year pick up and return warranty from the name brand manufacturer e.g. HP, Dell, Lenovo

Apple Device - Years 10, 11 & 12 only

Macbook / MacBook Air / MacBook Pro

The operating system must be a minimum either, MacOS Sierra, MacOS High Sierra or MacOS Mojave.

Minimum specifications as above.

Free Software for all Students - Office 365

Students within the Broken Bay Diocese are entitled to download Office 365 for home use on up to 5 personal devices, as long as they remain as a student within the diocese. After this time the software will automatically revert to a read and print only version. Instructions for the home download process are attached below.