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 equivalent|
|RAM||4 GB or higher|
|Hard Drive||128 GB or higher|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional or higher
Mac OSX 10.11 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 / also referred to as 802.11ac)|
|Features||Keyboard, USB port, headphone port, In-built microphone, webcam|
|Battery Life||4+ hours|
Connecting your Device
Once at the Academy, connecting your device to the network is done in two simple steps:
- selecting our network from the list of available networks, either iDET or QDETA-X (iDET only compatible with some newer devices) and entering in your EQ school username and password. If you are coming from a private school you will receive an EQ school username and password upon commencement at the Academy.
- Making sure your device is set to “Auto detect proxy“. (Guide to setting proxy settings)
The only software requirement for Queensland Academies is each student must have Microsoft Office 2010 or higher installed.
All state school students can 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/
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 may be required to view some 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 DET 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.