At Alexandra Secondary College we always strive to provide the best opportunities for student learning and outcomes. We believe that the use of digital technology is central to effective teaching and learning by enabling students to access information online, and engage in collaborative and creative work.
Access to technology is provided to students through a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Please note that the college network does NOT support android devices including Chromebooks. iPads are NOT recommended as they do not provide the same opportunities for challenge and extension, and we experience operational issues with them. Apple Macs display some challenges in running software used at junior levels, and at times compatible software is not available. For this reason we highly recommend that a Mac is not purchased for use at junior levels.
We have negotiated with local business Country Tech Alexandra – Leading Edge Computers, and Learning with Technologies (LWT) one of Australia’s largest educational technology resellers to provide you with access to a variety of devices available to purchase at educational pricing rates. Whilst you are not obligated to purchase from either of these companies, there are advantages in doing so.
Country Tech is a local business, which is conveniently located. It is able to service warranty claims in store. As a large education supplier of technology, LWT is able to supply industrial standard machines at educational pricing. LWT services warranty claims on-site at the college. Both suppliers offer favourable financing options, and a more simplified method for logging warranty and insurance claims.
Please note that any device you purchase should come with a 3-year warranty along with insurance in the case of loss or unintentional damage. Whilst our technicians at the College are available to assist with software issues, hardware issues should be directed to the company the machine was purchased from.
Recommended devices supplied by LWT can be viewed here.
Recommended devices supplied by Country Tech can be viewed here.
When deciding which Windows device to purchase from any supplier we suggest you take into consideration the following factors:
- Storage capacity – the more the better – 128 GB minimum but 256 GB highly recommended.
- Storage – SSD (Solid State Drive) versus HDD (Hard Disc Drive) – Both do the same job. HDD is cheaper but SSD boots a machine faster and has higher overall performance. SSD is highly recommended
- The chosen machine MUST be able to run Windows 10.
- 3-year warranty and insurance.
Please note that all devices offered by both Country Tech and LWT meet the recommended specifications of the College.
It is common now for devices to be produced without a USB port. Students will need access to at least one USB port. Please check any device you purchase to see if it has a port. If it does not, you will need to factor in approximately $25 extra to purchase an adapter.
Should you consider purchasing a device second-hand, we urge you to give serious consideration to the specifications of the machine (see above), as it may not have the capacity to run essential college programs.
Students should have an appropriate cover/case to protect their device.
Students will be provisioned with access to Office 365, a cloud-based, online Microsoft platform to facilitate learning anytime and anywhere. Office 365 will provide your child with access to the Microsoft suite of programs including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Mail at no charge.
If providing a device is problematic we encourage you to make contact with us at the College.
We look forward to working with your child next year.
Should you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Jacki Tossol at the College on 5770 2000.