Junior School Students are provided with Chromebooks for use while at school. The Bring-Your-Own iPad program will be discontinued from the end of this year (2018). Junior School boys are not required or encouraged to bring a device for classroom purposes.
It is standard for students and teachers to use technology in classrooms, their co-curricular endeavours and their social lives. Senior School Students require a lightweight Windows or Mac laptop as their primary computing device. An iPad or similar may optionally be used as a secondary device.
Marist will continue to support the use of student devices in a holistic context which takes into account the productivity and learning advantages the technologies have to offer, their integration into the overall College ICT Systems environment, and their responsible use within the Marist aim of producing “good Christians and good citizens”.
It is recommended that parents/caregivers purchase a laptop that will last approximately three years into the future. The following information has been prepared to assist people who are considering purchasing a laptop for their son in years 7 - 12.
|To be compatible with the College Wi-Fi network, the laptop must support 5 GHz Wi-Fi. Mobile connectivity is not required or desirable.|
|Boys will move between classes every hour or so, travel to and from school, and work in different environments.|
|The size and weight of the device and accessories is a crucial factor in its use and for the health of the student.|
|Boys will utilise their laptop for a vast array of different tasks. From graphic design, music composition, and programming to word processing. The computer must be powerful enough to meet the requirements of students throughout the school day, whilst having sufficient battery life to provide up to 5 hours use.|
The Laptop must:
- Weigh less than 2.0kg
- Have a powerful processor (e.g. Intel i5) and at least 4GB RAM (8GB is better) and at least 128GB storage (recommended 256GB+)
- Be in good working order
- Be running one of the latest 2 versions of the Windows or Mac operating systems. At the time of writing that’s Windows 8.1 or 10 and Apple OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or 10.14 (Mojave)
- Be carried in a padded satchel.
We recommend the laptop should:
- Have a screen size of approximately 13”-to-14” (maximum of 15.9” and a minimum of 10”)
- HDMI output (all classrooms at Marist have HDMI-equipped interfaces)
- Be purchased with accidental damage / theft insurance (available when a device is purchased via our BYOD Portals).
- Consider applying a transparent screen protector, particularly on touchscreen devices.
Your laptop should not:
- Be running a version of Windows older than Windows 8.
- Be a tablet without a full hardware keyboard.
- Be a heavy ‘gaming’ laptop
- Be equipped with independent cellular or mobile Internet connectivity
Software and Services
All Marist students have access to an extensive range of software and services.
Each boy is given their own College email address which starts with their Marist Sudent ID. For example: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
Other services include access to the College’s Portal, Learning Management System, Google G-Suite for Education, and Microsoft Office 365. Installable versions of Microsoft Office applications as well as several Adobe Creative Cloud titles are provided as part of your son’s enrolment. Several other titles including advanced Adobe multimedia software and anti-virus programs are available at greatly reduced cost via the College.
Specialist software, which either requires more processing capability than a student laptop can be expected to possess, or which may be restricted to College-owned equipment due to licensing considerations, may be provided via specialist lab equipment or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Students are responsible for the appropriate use of their device, for its security and for its care.
While the College is a relatively safe environment, accidents can happen, and the College accepts no responsibility for damage or theft of a student-owned device. We strongly recommend the laptop is covered by accidental damage/theft insurance.
The College is unable to provide technical support for a student’s laptop beyond assistance with connection to our Wi-Fi network.
- Getting Connected
The documents listed below are designed to get you up and running quickly with connection to the College Wi-Fi and student email. Select the version which matches your device.
- Windows (including Microsoft Surface)
- MacOS 10.x (MacBook Pro, MacBook Air etc)
- Android (Samsung Galaxy, Lenovo Yoga tablets etc.)
Do students have to bring in a laptop or tablet?
Students in years 7 – 12 are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop. Although there are some supplementary devices available, the nature of high-school demands frequent and convenient access to computer technology. From 2020 it will be compulsory for each student in years 7 – 12 to bring a laptop.
What will the devices be used for in the classroom?
Use of student devices in classrooms will vary depending on the boy, the lesson, the subject and the teacher. There is a wealth of Australian electronic resources that have been created for students that can be accessed on the internet. The internet also opens doors to the wider world through guided research. Students could also use their device to do assignments such as creating a presentation, video or digital poster or art. In Science, they may use spreadsheets to analyse data or create graphs. These are just some possibilities. All students will still be required to bring paper and pens to every class. Not all lessons will be ICT based and use of any device is at the teacher’s discretion. It’s important for students to have a wide range of skills in addition to those related to the use of technology.
Will the internet be controlled?
Internet access at Marist is filtered to block extreme sites with inappropriate or offensive material. In addition, all internet traffic is monitored. It is important to realise that any technological barrier of this type is not foolproof and will be prone to failure. With that in mind, students are also required to follow the College Student ICT Use Agreement.
What about touch screen and stylus enabled devices?
There is no requirement for students to bring a touch-screen or stylus-enabled laptop. Whilst these features may provide significant advantages, they are not a College requirement.
What about security of the devices?
In the Senior School, devices must be locked in the boy’s locker with a secure lock when not in use. The Junior School will provide a lockable space within each classroom for the storage of devices when not in use. The College does not accept liability for the theft of a student-owned device and misbehaviour will be handled according to the College's normal student behaviour management policy and practices.
Do we need to buy a new laptop?
No, although we strongly recommend a student device is less than three years old. Your son may bring a device he already uses at home if it meets the minimum specifications.
What if the device is broken at school or on the bus?
Marist College accepts no liability for the loss, damage or theft of a student-owned device. It is strongly recommended that students use a padded satchel type bag to carry their device between classes. The College will not enter into disputes between boys or between families in the event of damage to a device and liability for repair or replacement costs.
What about textbooks?
Textbooks will be loaded onto student’s devices or made available electronically where possible within Copyright Laws.
What training will my son get?