All students are encouraged to take part in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to integrate learning both inside and outside the classroom, and to take advantage of the information and collaborative opportunities the internet and technology provides.
At Albany Junior High School we use Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
We have robust protection systems in place to ensure your children have access to appropriate material.
Students’ devices might be a laptop, a Chromebook, or a tablet – any Internet-capable device with a keyboard that can assist learning. A mobile phone or gaming console is not an appropriate device to be used as a learning tool.
Here are some suggested specifications for devices:
- A laptop (or equivalent hybrid). Chromebook is less preferable.
- At least 12” (30 cm) screen size
- Wireless Connectivity using 802.11n (or higher)
- 8-10 hour battery life from one charge (minimum)
- Preferably light and robust
- A protective carrying case
- Operating System
- Most compatible: Windows 10 – this is the system the school network uses
- Other operating systems that have the appropriate wireless connectivity are supported, e.g. Mac OS v.10.10 or newer and Android.
We strongly recommend you have up-to-date Antivirus Software installed.
Some courses may require specific software such as design courses, which may require Adobe Photoshop. Higher specification machines may be required for Year 10 Digital Technology, Year 10 Digital Art, and Level 1-3 Design or Digital Technology classes, so consider the expected lifetime/usefulness of the device.
Newera is our preferred supplier for purchasing devices. See here for some options.