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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) however, phones alone are NOT considered BYOD devices.

Please note Chromebooks are also not recommended due to restricted functionality. 

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. 

Please be advised that Windows 10 does include Windows Antivirus software.

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, Hewlitt Packard and JB Hif-Fi have all set up a PORTAL specifically for our college from which you can easily explore and purchase devices. There may be some finance options and discounts available - please explore the options below or contact these businesses directly.  



CLICK here to ACCESS Harvey norman PORTAL 

We now have live a portal for parents to use to purchase students BYOD devices for Armidale Secondary College. The portal offers special pricing for Armidale Secondary College.

Pricing on this portal is live, so as pricing changes with different national promotions the pricing will adjust automatically so no one is disadvantaged. 

The special pricing is available in store but the parents must advise the staff during the consultation that the device is for ASC.


JB HiFi 


Enter School Code: ASCBYOD



Click here to ACCESS HP PORTAL

Ecoupon: armidale5%

We have listed the Windows devices under ENTRY, MID and HIGH Level devices and Accessories TAB.  The Accessories TAB offers optional items such as Case and Mice.   

The Windows devices purchased all come with 3 Years Onsite Warranty with the option to purchase ADP Insurance which covers the device for 3 claims over 3 years with a Zero excess fee.

We’ve included an eCoupon code armidale5% for purchases between now and end of December 2020 will give the parents an additional 5% discount.  When parents make a purchase online at check-out they add the eCoupon code and 5% will come off the total order with all pricing including delivery. 

The Interest Free Finance TAB is also included on the Banner however if any parents want more information or to discuss please contact Katrina Parker directly -
M +61 438 898 814