The Queensland Academies are committed to moving students and staff forward in a contemporary learning environment. In 2014, the Queensland Academies – Health Sciences Campus is moving to a BYOD model to give parents and students greater choice in device, functionality and budget.
IT devices are powerful means of differentiating and personalising a student’s education, and student-owned devices facilitate student choice over which application best suits their learning and communication style. Teachers will work with students to ensure everyone can access and view a student’s final work in appropriate formats as necessary.
We are giving families control over the choice of IT device to bring to school as their primary device (within specifications). With this primary device we will continue to support students by diagnosing IT issues and consulting with families if further action is required. We make the following recommendations around device specifications and software as these are expectations that the Academies have of the devices students bring to school.
Please see the BYOD Document for more information.
Device Minimum Specifications
|Platform||PC, Tablet PC or Mac|
|Screen Size||10” screen or higher (measured diagonally) – consider portability and weight|
|Processor||Intel i5 or higher / AMD Athlon II or higher|
|RAM||4 GB or higher|
|Hard Drive||128 GB or higher|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional or higher
Mac OSX 10.8 or higher
NOT SUPPORTED: iOS, Android, Windows RT, Windows Standard/Home editions, Chromebook & distributions of Linux (eg. Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc.)
|Wireless||Dual-band wireless capabilities (2.4 & 5 GHz)|
|Features||Keyboard, USB port, headphone port, In-built microphone, webcam|
|Battery Life||4+ hours|
Connecting your Device
We have created a script to make connecting to the school network easy. Once you have been allocated a username and password from the Academy, click on the installer file below and follow the prompts.
Manual (Advanced) Setup
|Internet Proxy Settings||“Automatic Proxy Configuration”
|Email Client Settings||Incoming Mail Server – pop.eq.edu.au Port 995
Outgoing Mail Server – smtp.eq.edu.au Port 465
SSL must be enabled & Outgoing server requires authentication
The only software requirement for Queensland Academies is each student must have Microsoft Office 2010 or higher installed.
All state school students from can now download multiple free copies of the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite to their personal home and mobile computer equipment.
Students who want the free software will need an active Managed Internet Service (MIS) login, school email account and password — those who don‘t should contact their school’s MIS Administrator or class teacher. The administrator will help students activate their MIS login. If your student is coming from a private school, these details will be provided on commencement of schooling at QA.
Students can download Office from here -https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx.
Students also have access to a range of Adobe products available to install on a personal device. You can download a Trial version of the software, which can be serialised by QAHS staff while students are at school. The following Adobe software is available to students: Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Indesign CC, Acrobat XI Pro, Photoshop Elements, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Fireworks, Edge Animate, Muse, Media Encoder CC, Captivate. Download here: https://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html
Suggestion of additional software to install:
Mac users only – An alternate to Microsoft OneNote is required to view many resources at the Academy. Files can be viewed with Outline – available on the app store – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/outline/id604802021?mt=12
- Adobe Flash, Reader, Air, Shockwave Player http://www.adobe.com
- Java – http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp
- DropBox http://www.dropbox.com/
- Google Drive https://drive.google.com/
- Microsoft OneDrive https://onedrive.live.com/
Virus / Malware Protection
- Microsoft Security Essentials http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download
- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org
- Please note some security software is not compatible with the DETE network (eg. Bullguard)
Questions or Problems?
If you have questions about BYOD please feel free to contact the QAHS IT Department on 07 5510 1100 or email@example.com.