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There are some major changes to the way students will access technology (Laptops and Tablets) for learning across Queensland. This page is to convey a snapshot of some of the changes and an overview of the continuing transition into the 2017 BYOD program.

Laptop Program

At Sunshine Beach SHS we have been running a very successful 1 to 1 Laptop program for students in Years 9 to 12. Students can choose the Day program where the Laptop stays at school for a $60 yearly fee.

Bring Your Own ‘D’ (BYOD) is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning.  BYOD is a term used to describe a digital device ownership model where students use their privately owned devices to access the network and information systems in an educational setting.

Student private laptops will connect to the Schools network through a DETE approved solution that ensures the laptops meet security requirements, including updated anti-virus software. Students will be able to access internet and printing services on the private laptops once connected wirelessly. A $60 BYOD fee will be charged each year, which will contribute towards additional connectivity, infrastructure and some technical support.

All Student Resource Scheme Fees must be paid in full before the $60 BYOD fee can be accepted.
​Summary of Options for 2017
​Year 12 ​BYOD or use of limited day program devices
​Year 11 BYOD or use of limited day program devices
​Year 10 ​BYOD or use of limited day program devices
​Year 9 ​BYOD or use of limited day program devices
​Years 7 and 8   ​BYOD or use of school computer labs, Laptop Trollies or iPad trollies as required. 
In 2017 it is expected that most students in Year 7 - 12 will have transitioned to the BYOD model. There will be limited  devices for students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 to participate in the school laptop program.

Minimum IT Device Specification for Primary Devices

The table below should be used as a guide with the minimum specifications supported by Sunshine Beach State High School for your student’s technology needs.
​Platform ​ PC, Tablet PC or Mac
​Screen Size ​10” screen or higher (measured diagonally) – consider portability and weight.
​Processor ​ Intel i3, equivalent or higher , AMD Athlon II or higher
​RAM  ​4 GB or higher
​Hard Drive ​ 256 GB min,  higher recommended. 128 GB SSD considered.
​Operating System

​Windows 7 or higher
Mac OSX 10.11.1 or higher

NOT SUPPORTED: iOS, iPad, Android, Windows RT, Chromebook & distributions of Linux (e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc.)

​Wireless ​ 802.11g or higher
​Features ​Keyboard, USB port, headphone port, In-built microphone, webcam
​Battery Life ​  6+ hours (with 3 Yr warranty)
N.B. Students choosing Graphics or FTV need devices with higher specs.  However most students complete all work for Graphics and FTV in the school computer labs.
Students selecting the senior Subject, IPT, will need a Windows device to use "Access" to complete a major portion of the course work in IPT.

Examples of devices that do not meet minimum specification for primary devices in this BYOx trial:  iPad, Chromebook, Surface RT and android tablets.
Primary refers to the main device student’s use each day. BYOD trials across the state have found that some students have a primary device and a secondary device when the Primary device is being repaired.

What Device Should I Buy?

You need to make sure it meets the Minimum specifications and in particular pay attention to;
  • the minimum battery life of 6+ hours.
  • Warranty and where it is to be returned in the event of a warranty issue and time to repair.
  • Accidental damage and theft, what is covered and what excess you will pay.

Micro​soft Student Advantage

Microsoft Student Advantage allows students with a BYOx to install Microsoft Office on up to 5 of their BYOxs for free. You need to sign into the Microsoft Student Advantage page ​ with your school email address and password. If you have difficulties completing this at home please see the online "How to install Office 365 Student Advantage Package".

Windows devices get the Office365 ProPlus for PC (Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Access 2013, Publisher 2013, Outlook 2013, Lync 2013 and InfoPath 2013), Mac devices get the Office 365 ProPlus for Mac suite (Word 2011, Excel 2011, Powerpoint 2011 and Outlook 2011).

Adobe Collection

Due to a financial arrangement Sunshine Beach SHS has taken up with Adobe, the Adobe Design and Web Premium collection is free to BYOD devices. If students need the Adobe Master Collection then this carries a deployment charge of $20 per device per student per annum. Students needing Premier Pro (FTV students) will need to purchase the Master Collection for their BYOD device,, payment of $20 at the school office. If all school fees are paid then you can see the school Technician for support to have the Adobe Collection (PDF, 58 KB) installed on your computer.

Security of BYOD Devices, Damage/Theft – Insurance

A crucial part of the BYOD program will be parents ensuring that the device is covered for accidental damage and theft. Parents should investigate if their Home and Contents insurance covers damage or theft of the device. 

While Sunshine Beach SHS will continue to deal with inappropriate behaviour in line with existing policies, the school is not liable for any damage or replacement costs incurred while the device is at school or travelling to and from school. Any student who damages or steal another student’s laptop may be disciplined according to the schools Responsible Behaviour Plan.

Internet Security

Using your own device at school requires security. Symantec are offering Norton Security with Backup at a special discount for students, teachers and staff of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Single User 1 Year :   $9.99

Single User 3 Years : $29.99

You can download this version from the following site:

Symantec Norton Security with Backup​


The details above are meant as a guide to make you aware of some of the implications for your child to access technology for learning in the coming years.

Please contact me at your convenience if I can answer any questions about BYOD.
Cameron Brown/Kevin Hutton

Phone: (07) 5440 4273