Bring a Laptop from Home

BYOD Program : Families with students in Yr 7 - 9 are expected to provide their own laptop computer for use at school and home.  This is particularly valuable for senior students to continue to work on major assessments, learning tasks and complete homework tasks.  

The Carranballac P-9 College “Bring Your Own Device” ICT Program encourages families with students in Years 5 & 6, and expects families with students in Year 7 to 9 to purchase their own notebook devices which they can then use at home and at school. 

Students bringing their own device provide individual access to College online resources to complete major work assessments, research tasks, testing and learning tasks without the need to wait for IT resources (Computer Labs) to become available.

When making this decision we strongly recommend the device meets the following specifications:


Processor: Intel i3 minimum (Intel i5 is encouraged)

RAM: 4GB RAM minimum

Hard Drive: 128 GB (SSD is encouraged)

Display Size: 11” minimum

Operating System: Windows (Windows Pro would be preferable but not necessary)

Battery Life: Minimum 6 hrs (students must leave chargers at home, unless they have been tested and tagged by a licenced professional)

Carranballac P-9 College supplies Students in Years 5-9 and all Classroom Teachers with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 Suite including OneDrive (online cloud storage). You will not need to purchase this software with your computer.  Microsoft Office 365 includes a suite of programs such as MS Word, Excel, Publisher (PC only), PowerPoint, Access, Teams, and Outlook.

Students will be encouraged to bring their notebook devices to school each day to support their learning in the classroom.  When bringing the devices to school for the first time, our technicians will connect them to our Department of Education Wireless Internet service.  Students will be required to sign an ICT Acceptable Use Agreement in line with College expectations.

Having access to their own computers at all times will enable students to continue to work on learning tasks and complete homework tasks at home.

Monitored ICT devices are valuable tools that provide useful skills to support class work, research curriculum resources and enable teachers to track classroom progress through Compass. This will also prepare our students for the digital world of work.

Carranballac P-9 College will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of a BYOD device.  Students will be expected to store their BYOD devices in their lockers during recess and lunchtimes.

Should you have any queries, please contact:  Technical issues – Mrs Elly Conduit Policy questions – Mr Brendan O’Brien.

Carranballac P-9 College is an eSmart School and we encourage smart, safe and responsible use of all ICT and online equipment.  The eSafety Commissioners Office offers many informative parent resources and we encourage families to become familiar with the website.

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