It is compulsory for all students at Berwick College to bring their own IT device to school as part of their essential booklist. The type of device is left to the parents’ discretion and may include either tablet or laptop type devices, but cannot be a mobile phone or IPAD mini due to eye strain. Where possible, required textbooks for each subject will be in a digital format. Using an IT device in conjunction with digital textbooks is very cost effective for parents when compared to the traditional textbook model.
Through their nominated device, students can access a vast range of information and educational apps. It opens up a world of learning where tasks and activities can be tailored to individual student interest and learning styles. Students will have anytime, anywhere access to a suite of digital tools and will be able to communicate and collaborate far more efficiently. They will be able to connect with people and issues all across the globe with a global classroom, whilst completing learning tasks in creative and innovative ways. Ultimately, embracing cutting edge technology in the classroom today will help students develop the skills required for success in their real-world futures.
The device needs to meet the following requirements:
- Wi-Fi operating speed of 5 GHz to be able to operate on the College’s network.
- A minimum storage of 16GB is required (this is enough for school use – if a student will be using the device for videos or gaming out of school, more storage may be required).
- A suitable case – should be sturdy enough to withstand daily use and transport in and out of school.
The following are not required but highly recommended:
- Accidental damage and theft insurance is optional but is not provided by the school
- 8 hr battery life
- Solid State Drive
- For a laptop 5 or equivalent CPU and Windows 10 (previous operating system not supported by Microsoft)
For all questions regarding BYOD at Berwick College please contact our Digital Learning Coordinator:
Ms Devi Aruna (Sankardevi.Arunagirinathan@education.vic.gov.au)
Phone: 8768 1000
At Berwick College we seek to equip our students to embrace the latest eLearning technologies. The Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students use an IT device to access a vast range of educational information. Whilst completing learning tasks in creative and innovative ways, students can communicate and collaborate far more efficiently and tasks can be tailored to individual student interests, ability and learning styles. All staff and students have their own school-based Google account for online and collaborative communication, organisation and document creation. This ensures students can be learning anywhere, anytime and on any device.
The Compass Platform is the main communication portal for our College. Parents can access Compass via their unique login. Through this platform parents message teachers directly, view student reports, make parent teacher interview appointments and receive all school notices and communication. Students use Compass for timetable and daily organisation. Further information regarding the Compass Platform is provided upon enrolment. More information about the portal can be accessed here: https://schools.compass.education/
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