Students studying at BSSC in 2020 will be required to supply their own notebook/tablet device for use at BSSC as part of the college’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

**** Advice to be included for anyone obtaining a device for BSSC from 2019 and beyond. *****
**** Only devices which support 5GHz wireless using 802.11a or 802.11ac can be used at BSSC *****
**** Almost all notebooks made within the last few years will support this functionality. ****

The information on this section of the website is in addition to the “BSSC BYOD Program 2020” document. This page includes details that have been updated since the “BSSC BYOD Program 2020” 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 2020” 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.

Why do students need a device?

Students need to be able to electronically communicate, create content, interact with others and electronically submit work while studying at BSSC. Significant examples of the college’s use of digital tools include the use of Compass, email, Internet and access to other digital and online resources. Compass allows all students to see details of their course and electronically submit tasks, is used for online reporting and monitoring of every students’ progress, and allows for student and parent/carer access.

Where can I purchase a new device from?

To assist with a purchase of a new device for use at BSSC two portals are available for students to access. These portal have been setup with:

1. Learning with Technologies (LWT) and,
2. Apple

Windows BYODs can be purchased from Learning with Technologies (LWT). Students can access the LWT portal using the following link.

LWT portal:

Apple devices can be purchased via the Apple site, telesales (phone 133-622) or at an Apple store ( at educational prices. Not all of the products on the Apple site are appropriate as BYOD devices as the list includes non-portable devices. While students at BSSC can purchase any of the devices from the Apple site, students should read the advice “BSSC BYOD Program 2020” to understand what might be appropriate prior to making any BYOD purchasing decision. If ordering via telesales or in an Apple store please inform the agent that Bendigo Senior Secondary College is part of the Family Funded Program. If required the recorded address of Bendigo Senior Secondary College is 40 Gaol Rd, Bendigo 3550 and the college’s phone number is 03 5443 1222. The Apple site can be accessed using the following link (N.B. this link will only work when clicked on from this page).

Apple site:

An important note about theft and warranties

The school has no insurance or warranty which covers the theft or damage of a student device. When purchasing a new device we strongly recommend consideration be given towards purchasing an extended warranty and insurance where available. Warranties and Insurance assist with timely repairs and reduce the chance students will be without a device for any extended period of time. The warranties available with devices purchased from LWT are highly appropriate for a student device. However, regardless of whether a student purchases a new device or makes use of a second hand or existing device, it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure their device is appropriately covered. Given the differences between individuals, their situation and the device(s) it is not possible to provide universal advice about insurance and warranties which applies to all students. Also if you are considering the purchase of insurance you may want to check your family’s home and contents insurance to see if it would be covered under your existing policy.

To provide individuals with an idea of the risk of theft we know that a small number of notebooks are stolen from around the college each year. Although this is a very small number out of the hundreds of devices used at the college, it’s important to be aware it does occur. These thefts typically occur where a device is left in an unsecured/unsupervised location and not from classrooms or locked lockers.


Subject specific BYOD recommendations (Updated 14/11/2019)

There is no requirement for students to have a more powerful BYOD than those detailed in the “BSSC BYOD Program 2020”. However, there may be advantages as to why students enrolled in certain subjects would consider device with alternate/additional specifications. The following table provides advice from specific subject and learning areas where such specifications should be considered in relation to a BYOD choice. 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
VET Digital Media,
Studio Arts Photography,Media Studies
Adobe Creative Cloud
This software is provided by BSSC
Check for the full hardware requirements.
Storage – SSD 256GB or greater


Software for BYOD (Updated 14/11/2019)

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 2020.

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 2020.
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 2020.

Software will only remain active while student is enrolled at BSSC

Other factors to consider in selecting a BYOD

Other important considerations are that 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 12 to 14 inches. Having a warranty covering 2 to 3 years and an appropriate bag to transport the device are also important. Having a device which is reliable, portable with relatively up to date hardware will all 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. Spending more may be appropriate for some students/situations, while spending less may result in the purchase of a device which is heavier or does not perform adequately. Using an existing device or obtaining a second hand device may clearly be a more cost effective and appropriate option for some students/situations. Where students/families cannot easily obtain a suitable device for financial reasons 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.

Some further notes about purchasing a new device and these suppliers.

Ultimately it’s your decision on where to purchase a BYOD from and the school recommends the suppliers given here based on our experience in dealing with them and a range of other factors that are summarised as follows.

  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.
  4. Pricing from LWT is competitive and includes appropriate warranty/support options.
  5. The Apple portal gives you the confidence/security you are dealing directly with Apple and accessing their educational pricing.

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.