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Bring Your Own Device

BYOD @ Armidale Secondary College


“Bring your own device” (BYOD) refers to students bringing a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. A personally owned device is any technology device brought into the school and is owned by a student or the student’s family. The laptop must be able to connect to the school WiFi and have specific software or apps installed. 

What devices can students bring to school?

Students can bring a laptop to school. The laptop must follow the required specifications below. Classroom teachers may also allow or endorse the use of mobile phones for some activities 

(e.g. recording videos or audio, calculator, or listening to music). 

Device specifications

Wireless connectivity - Devices must support 5GHz dual band: 802.11 n wireless so that they can connect to the school WiFi.

Battery life - Devices must last at least 6 hours without charge so that it can last the whole school day. Students should not bring chargers to school.

Memory and RAM - Devices must have a minimum 64 GB storage and 4GB RAM so that students have enough space to save their work and have a device that is fast to work with.

Operating system - Ideally devices should have the current version of any operating system (eg. Windows 10, macOS 10.12) so the device can access the latest software/apps and updates. 

At a minimum, the previous version of any operating system should be installed on devices (eg. Windows 7, OS X 10.11).

Hardware features - Devices must have a physical keyboard. Headphones should be brought for listening to audio. Students may also find a mouse, microphone, webcam, or stylus helpful, but these are not required.

Protective Case - Since the school is not responsible for the device (see below), students should use a protective case over their device

Software and apps

Devices must have software or apps that allow for:

    ✦  Internet browsing (Eg. Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge)
    ✦  Word processing and note taking (Eg. Microsoft Word, Pages, OneNote)
    ✦  Creating spreadsheets (Eg. Microsoft Excel, Numbers)
    ✦  Creating presentations (Eg. Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote)

Students can download FREE Microsoft and Adobe software for laptops at

Active antivirus software must be installed.

Students are responsible for their own device. The school will take reasonable precautions to protect student devices, but ultimately the school cannot be held responsible for any damage to, or theft of a BYO device.

Harvey Norman Armidale has put together a brochure outlining some BYOD packages that meet the above requirements. For further information or to purchase a package from the brochure please contact Harvey Norman directly.

Armidale Secondary College - BYOD from Harvey Norman.pdf