Students studying at BSSC in 2022 are invited to supply their own notebook/tablet device for use at BSSC as part of the college’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

The information on this section of the website supplements the “BSSC BYOD Program 2022 document. This website page also includes details that have been updated since the “BSSC BYOD Program 2022” document was produced.
A central aim of the college’s BYOD program is to support the usage of a wide range of BYODs. This includes devices that many students already have or can obtain at a reasonable cost. The “BSSC BYOD Program 2022” document summarises details of devices which would be appropriate as a BYOD as well as listing devices which would not be suitable. Some subject specific and other advice is provided below.

Reasons for a BYOD program?

The educational reason for the BYOD program are described in the college’s Digital Learning policy.

Where can I purchase a new device from?

If you plan to purchase a new device as a BYOD there is no requirement that you purchase from any particular supplier. However, we do provide some suggestions on suppliers and devices to assist those who may want to purchase a new device. You can use this advice to purchase devices from listed suppliers or use the details to assist with a purchase from elsewhere. The intent of this advice is to make the process of purchasing an appropriate device simpler by providing some actual suppliers/devices/prices for the purpose of comparison or to complete a purchase.

Purchasing a new Windows device

To assist with students wanting to purchase a new Windows device we have setup a portal with Learning with Technologies (LWT) where it is possible to purchase appropriate BYODs from. As per advice above you can purchase devices from the LWT portal or use the portal to find devices and options (such as warranties) for comparison with other suppliers. The LWT portal can be accessed by using the following link.

LWT portal: http://bssc.orderportal.com.au/

Note: see some further notes about purchasing from LWT below.

Purchasing a new Apple Device

Apple devices can be purchased from a number of Apple dealers. Apple do offer education discounts on some devices and these can be accessed online and in some stores. Apple has its own stores at Chadstone, Doncaster and Highpoint in Melbourne. Other Apple dealers may have similar or better offerings to the Apple stores or the Apple online store. For the purpose of comparison or to complete a purchase, online educational pricing on certain Apple products can be accessed by using the following link.

Apple https://www.apple.com/au-hed/store

 

Subject specific BYOD recommendations (Updated 04/11/2021)

There is no requirement for students to have a more powerful BYOD than those detailed in the “BSSC BYOD Program 2022”. However, there may be advantages as to why students enrolled in certain subjects would consider device with alternate/additional specifications. Students should check this list against the subjects they are enrolled in and talk to their respective subject teacher if they require further details about any of these recommendations.

Subject specific BYOD recommendations
Subject Reason for recommendation Additional specifications
Music Style and Composition,
Music Investigation (Units 3 & 4), Music Performance
Music composition and notation software (256 GB SSD allows for Sibelius Professional Sound Sets)

This software is provided by BSSC

CPU – i5 or i7
RAM – 8GB or greater
Storage – SSD 256GB or greater
OS – MacOS or Windows
VET Music Garage Band and Logic Pro X, which only work on Apple computers with MacOS, can be used for some work tasks. Apple MacBook with Garage Band or preferably Logic Pro X
N.B. neither of these software titles are  provided for BYOD devices by BSSC
Systems Engineering,
VET Integrated Technologies,
Product Design and Technology,
VET Engineering,
Visual Communication and Design
CAD (including AutoCAD and 3D design work)
Adobe Creative CloudThis software is provided by BSSC
CPU – i5 or greater
RAM – 8GB or greater
Storage – SSD 256GB or greater
OS – MacOS or WindowsFor more details see link to Adobe below
* Circuit Wizard may be used in VET Integrated Technology and this only runs on Window devices.
VET Digital Media,
Studio Arts Photography,Media Studies
Adobe Creative Cloud
This software is provided by BSSC
Check  https://helpx.adobe.com/au/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html for the full hardware requirements.
Storage – SSD 256GB or greater

 

Software for BYOD (Updated 04/11/2021)

The following software titles are available to students at no cost.

 

Title Availability
Microsoft Office 365
(Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher and Access)
Advice and assistance about how to obtain and install Microsoft Office will be provided during Step‐Up and throughout 2022.

Software will only remain active while student is enrolled at BSSC

Adobe Creative Cloud
(Includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Animate and Premiere Pro)
Advice and assistance about how to obtain and install Adobe will be provided in 2022.
Sibelius (Music Style and Composition, Music Investigation and Music Performance Students only) Advice and assistance about how to obtain and install Sibelius will be provided throughout 2022.
Software will only remain active while student is enrolled at BSSC
Circuit Wizard Available for students studying Integrated Technology. This only runs of Windows devices. Advice and assistance about how to obtain and install will be provided in 2022.

Other factors to consider in selecting a BYOD

When selecting a BYOD the following factors should also be considered.

  • A suitable device should not be too large (generally this means a device with a screen size of less than 14”). For most students the optimum screen size will be between 11.6 to 14 inches.
  • Having a warranty or insurance for the planned period of use can be an advantage.
  • Utilising an appropriate padded and protective bag to transport the BYOD can assist in avoiding damage.
  • Having a device which is reliable, portable with relatively up to date hardware will be of benefit to the user.

Financial Concerns of obtaining a BYOD

If purchasing a new BYOD (with a suitable warranty) you should plan to spend somewhere in the $500 to $1,500 range. Using an existing device or obtaining a second hand device may be a more cost effective and appropriate option for some students/situations. Where students/families cannot easily obtain a suitable device for financial reasons the college will endeavour to assist. Assistance should be sought from the Wellbeing team at the college. The Wellbeing team can provide financial advice and make a recommendation for a student to be provided with an extended loan of a College owned notebook.

Further notes about purchasing a new Windows device from LWT

The following lists some reasons why individuals may consider purchasing a Windows device from LWT.

  1. The LWT portal lists a range of devices – all of which would be appropriate for use as a BYOD.
  2. LWT are a major supplier of computers to schools and have a great reputation for supporting their products.
  3. BSSC have an established relationship with LWT and have an arrangement with LWT that students can utilise the BSSC ICT Helpdesk as a drop off point for devices purchased through their portal if in need of repair. This provides an additional support option for students and in no way limits the scope of the warranty/support obtained with any purchase from LWT.

If I still have questions

If you still have questions about the BYOD program after reading the details here, then please contact the ICT Helpdesk, the ICT Infrastructure Coordinator, teachers or other staff members at the college to enquire further.