Bring Your own device Specification



Timboon P-12 will be using the following as a guideline for 2017 and beyond which permits the use of personal electronic devices in our school. This is called a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model. The purpose of this guideline is to recognise the value of these tools in an educational environment and to allow teachers the flexibility to make use of student owned devices to enhance their learning. Our teachers will make it very clear that PERSONAL use of these devices is not permitted in classrooms.




Devices are used regularly to enhance student learning and to provide more opportunities for student success. Research and trials have shown that iPads from Prep to Year 6 has the most success with enhancing student learning. This is due to them simply just working when you want them to, their long battery life, not demanding constant updates, not demanding constant restarting, their instant ‘on’ capability, durability, easy to store and transportability. Due to more emphasis on the processing of larger amounts of information from years 7-12, we are recommending laptops. Students will however be able to use more than one device to support their learning if they choose (years 7 and 8 can use either iPad or notebook, however notebooks are the preferred option).






At this stage we are recommending the following devices



Year level

Minimum BYOD specifications and essentials.

iPads (2 or later.iPad Air is a better choice as earlier models are starting to phase out).

Sim cards are NOT recommended at school


 (Newer Android tablets can connect to the school network, but can’t print at school).


  • o Headphones (must be named)
  • o Operating system must be up to date.
    • o A hard cover that protects the screen when being transported and corners is essential.
    • o Recommended Apps (see below for more information).
      • o Devices will be renamed as part of the connection process.


Jail-broken devices can put our school network at risk and will not be permitted for use at our school.

Notebook / Laptop

 (Windows based is preferred as Apple computers currently can’t print or access school based servers – home drives etc.).


  • o CPU – intel i5, AMD A6 or greater
  • o 100 gig of free hard drive space.
  • o 4 gigabytes of RAM (8Gig would be better)
  • o Headphones (must be named)
    • o Up to date antivirus (School can supply this. ‘Defender’ is ok for school use).
    • o Laptops will be renamed as part of the connection process.


(iPhones are able to print, androids cannot).


Smartphones can be used in line with our Electronic Devices policy.

  • o Headphones (must be named)
    • o Smartphones will be renamed as part of the connection process.

Please note: Laptops or Netbooks are permitted in other year levels not specified but not recommended.




When in class, students are expected to be focused on learning! In some classrooms, students will be allowed to use their devices for non-educational purposes during certain times of the day which are deemed by school administration to be non-educational time. An example might be during the lunch hour. These rules vary by classroom and ultimately the teacher or principal will decide what is appropriate for their classroom or school. When you sign the agreement which allows your child(ren) to bring a device to school, you are agreeing that if the device is used in a manner which violated school rules or the law, the device will be confiscated and it may be searched by people we deem appropriate. In the event of a serious offense, law enforcement may be asked to participate in the investigation. Parents will be contacted immediately if a device is confiscated. School administration will decide if a rule has been violated. Violation of rules, policies, or laws can result in revocation of privileges or other disciplinary action in line with our Behaviour Management Policy.




In many classrooms, some of our teachers are already using devices to enhance student learning to provide more opportunities for students to achieve success. Our school will not be providing technical support for personal devices other than connecting to the internet via our secure connection. We are not responsible for devices that are lost, stolen, or broken. Bringing a device to school is a major responsibility. If you are concerned about theft or do not feel that your student is responsible enough to bring a device to school, DO NOT SIGN THE AGREEMENT. Please read both policies and the FAQ’s about the project before agreeing to it. We look forward to these new opportunities that will enhance your children’s learning and work toward improving their connectedness to their learning, their teachers, their peers and you.




How will the process work? Students will not be permitted to use their devices at school until their devices have been securely connected. For 2017, this will incur an annual $20 fee per student (subject to change at the school’s discretion). Please read our eLearning User Agreement, our eLearning and Electronic Devices policy and our BYOD FAQ’s for more information.






What are the main differences between a Tablet and a Notebook?


Tablets use “Apps” which are suitable for younger students as they don’t require large amounts of skills or knowledge making them easier to get started, but lack in their practical ability to type assignments etc. Tablets also auto save.




Notebooks require some basic knowledge (which they will learn in primary school) to be able to open programs and save correctly. Notebooks are much more powerful for typing assignments etc.




What Apps will I need and how much will I need to spend?




($20 is a reasonable amount to budget for educational apps). Our recommendation would be to provide your child with iTunes vouchers. This way iTunes spending can be easily controlled.


The below is an example of apps used in 2017.


It would be best NOT to purchase apps until advised by your teacher, as not all year levels will use these apps.










Inspiration Maps Lite (Ideas mapping tool)



Pages (Word processing, voice to text)



Keynote (Presentations)



Numbers (Spread sheets and graphs)



Dictionary! For iPad (This is a dictionary, synonym finder and thesaurus all in one)




One Drive (Storing and sharing files that can be accessed anywhere, anytime)






Calculator for iPad – Calc Pro HD



Red Laser QR code reader (For scanning Quick response codes that could be anything from another student presenting a numeracy or literacy strategy to examples of high quality work)



Most of these apps have a free and paid options. The school recommends you get the free version and upgrade if it is used regularly. Buying the full version can give extra options, remove adds and contributes to the writer of the app.



Talk to your Teacher or Terry (school Technician) before purchasing apps for school use.





More great educational apps can be found here




What programs should I have on my Notebook?


Our server works best with Windows 7 and above.


Internet Explorer or Google Chrome for internet use.


Office software (Microsoft or open source).




Protective covers




When choosing a cover you need to look for three things.


  1. Are all the corners enclosed and protected? If a drop occurs, this will be the difference of minimal or no damage to possible major damage.

  2. When the lid closes does it protect the screen?

  3. Is the camera, speakers and power plug clear and easy to get to?

  4. Can the iPad be securely sat on an angle?

  5. Can the sleeve be easily tucked out of the way when using the camera?






Need More Help?




Feel free to ring our school Technician (Terry Hawkins) for more help and/or advice before you make a purchase, or for information about technology after purchase.





Technology and Use Agreement