As part of our strong commitment to future focused teaching and learning excellence we have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program from Year 3 to Year 12. Students are encouraged and expected to bring their own device to school which can connect to the school's wireless network and support their learning.
What are suitable devices?
Suitable BYOD Devices is a video clip from a recent parent/technology information night that outlines and explains the specifications required for successful BYODs at HSPA.
In short, the fundamental requirements are:
devices MUST be able to connect to a 5Ghz dual band wireless network, which is "802.11ac" - make sure you specify if purchasing a device
public high schools ONLY use 5.0Ghz networks, NOT 2.4Ghz networks - older or cheaper devices may only connect to a 2.4Ghz network, making them incompatible with our 5Ghz WiFi network
for laptops our minimum specifications are 4GB (8GB preferred) of Ram and a 250GB hard drive, regardless of make or model - below this the device will not be large or fast enough to cope with school study
battery life is also very important, as the device needs battery capacity to last the whole day
it is highly recommended that the device has a keyboard - tablets are inefficient with regard to data entry and most education based applications
Microsoft Office does not need to be purchased in addition to the device. The student’s email account gives them an Office365 licence so they can download and install Office for free. Instructions for this is here
Importantly, we take NO responsibility for Bring Your Own Devices, including damage or theft.
Limited software based technical support is available, via the HSPA web site (instructions on connecting to the school Wi-Fi), and the Tech Cafe with Mr Portelli - in the library every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch time.