Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is being implemented across many DEC schools. The BYOD program recognises that technology and choices about technology, are very much personal and acknowledges technology in education means more than meeting specific curriculum requirements. BYOD is designed to give freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances. There are a significant range of devices on the market that will meet a range of budgets and purposes.
There are specifications that need to be met in order to make the devices useful in the classroom, e.g. for a device to have access to the school's network there is a minimum standard for device connectivity.
Laptop, tablet device or convertible device. It is suggested that a tablet device also have a physical keyboard attachment, for ease of use over long periods of time.
Minimum Screen Size: 9"
Microsoft Windows 10 (Free upgrade from Window 8)
Apple MacOS X 10.10 or newer
Apple iOS 10 or newer
NOTE: Android-based devices are intentionally omitted from the Hardware Specification
Device must have 5GHz 802.11n support. This may be advertised as "Dual Band Wireless", "9o2.11abgn", "802.11agn", "802.11ac" or "Gigabit Wireless".
Note: Devices marketed as "802.11bgn" probably do not support the required standard
Advertised battery life of at least eight hours.
Please take special note of the Wireless Compatibility requirements. This is the most difficult requirement to verify yourself for Windows laptops.
The following are not requirements of the BYOD program, but are considerations which should ensure that your device continues to work well for at least 3 years:
Maximum weight: 2kg
Minimum RAM (laptops): 4GB
Disk configuration (laptops): Solid State Disk (SSD)
Protective cover / sleeve
Accidental loss and breakage insurance
All students will need to perform the following tasks on the device and therefore have relevant software for each task. Please read 2 important points below, before purchasing expensive software.
Google Apps provides the ability to create and store documents, presentations and spread sheets for free. This works ‘in the cloud’ and work can be shared across a variety of devices and operating systems.
Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. These are available to students free, from the DET Portal, so you do not need to buy any expensive software. Students are to download independently.
Anti-Virus Protection – AVG or Avast are free and work well. Windows 10 comes with an in-built antivirus (Windows Defender).
Note: Some anti-virus software with inbuilt VPNs or website filtering may cause issues connecting through the school’s network
What is my email address?
All students have a NSW Department of Education email address which is your student login followed by @education.nsw.gov.au (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. au).
How do I check my email?
Your NSW Department of Education student portal is found at https://student.det.nsw. edu.au This is where you go to access your email. You will also find lots of other resources through this site, such as access to the Google Classrooms and links to download and install software e.g. Microsoft 365 Subscription (which is free!).
You will eventually have a Google Classroom for each of your classes. This is where your teachers will put resources for you to use and allow you to collaborate with your peers and have online discussions.
You access Google Classroom THROUGH your NSW Department of Education student portal (where you check your email) - click on the Learning·tab, and then click on Google Apps. You will need to enter an individual code for each class the first time to join the classroom - this will be provided by your teacher.
How can I contact my teachers or check my homework?
You should check this regularly, as you will find school bulletins, access to your timetable as well as homework and messages from your teachers. Your parents can also log in here and see information about your attendance!