BYOD Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. BYOD allows students to bring their own personal technology device into the classroom. Bringing an ICT approved device to school every day is a condition of enrolment at Parramatta Marist High School.
The advantage of BYOD is that teachers, parents and students can be assured that they are equipped with technology that has the capability, performance and reliability that matches the high standards at Parramatta Marist High School. The BYOD program will not only provide students with access to expanded global resources and content, but will also give students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and facilitate creative problem solving.
What device does my son have to bring?
We require that each student has an 13-inch Macbook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 128GB PCIe-based flash storage1 as the designated device to be used for learning at the school. This has been chosen based on its proven reliability, compatibility and excellent performance of these laptops in schools. You may choose to purchase a more high end MacBook for your son.
How do I identify myself as a PMH parent both instore and online?
By logging in through the CEDP (Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta) purchase portal byod.parra.catholic.edu.au you are automatically identified as a student, staff or family member of the CEDP. If you are purchasing from an Apple Retail Store, please bring along your son’s current ID card.
What if I already have a Mac laptop and it is compatible?
Your son may use that device for school. He will however need to have certain administration software installed in order for his laptop to function on the school network. It is a mandatory requirement that all students can access the school network.
What are the specifications that are needed?
A Requirements List has been provided to all families in print. You can also access it via this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6MLW711ke76R1I3MzF0ZWNaY1U/view
Where can we purchase the device from?
We reccomend that you purchase your son’s device along with any peripherals through the CEDP portal provided byod.parra.catholic.edu.au
Buying from the portal provides you with:
- An Apple staff member who will set up your son’s device so that it is ready for his first day of Year 7
- Ongoing technical support to CEDP families in store, over the phone or online
- An education discount
- Access to workshops at both the Apple Stores at Penrith and Castle Hill to teach families how to maximise the use of their son’s device.
Buying the device from a third party electronics retailer or from overseas is not recommended.
Will my older son(s) still use his iPad?
Yes, as this is our first year of the laptop program - all year groups starting before 2017 will still utilse iPads. These students have access to school laptops if required.
What happens if the laptop is damaged at school?
As it is a personal device, all repairs and damages will be the responsibility of the students and their families. We highly recommend that you purchase Apple Care warranty on these devices as well as a protective case or cover.
Will there be on site support for my son?
The Parramatta Marist ICT Services team are not permitted to repair any BYOD devices. However, they are permitted to assist students in connecting to the school Wi-Fi network and other school specific troubleshooting they may require assistance with. They can also assist by helping the students determine whether the device needs to be repaired through manufacturer warranty. If a device that has no warranty needs repair, they can supply a list of repairers who will be able to fix it, however no recommendations can be made.
Will my son be able to download songs, movies and other media on their device?
Your son will have local administrator rights to their device and will therefore be able to download and install any program or files they choose. However, all access to Internet resources, email, copyright, etc on BYOD devices is governed by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) ICT Student Acceptable Use Policy.
Who can I speak to if I have any further questions or concerns?
Please feel free to contact to your son’s Year Coordinator.
If your question is ICT related, please email the ICT Services team via email firstname.lastname@example.org.