St Leonard’s College has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model of student technology provision.
Please note that specific information relating to device requirements and App Lists may change from year to year. Families are asked to re-visit this site in October before purchasing devices or Apps for the following school year.
Technology at home
There are always questions that arise about the use of technology at home.
Some important first steps with iPads are to ensure that your child has their own Apple ID and that Family Sharing (and ‘Screen Time’) is set up:
There are several ways St Leonard’s College families can obtain a discount on technology purchases:
- Apple offers special iPad and Mac pricing for parents of students at St Leonard’s College. The special web store can be accessed via this link. This pricing is also currently available for purchases made at the Southland or Chadstone Apple Retail Stores. Parents purchasing in-store will need to mention that they are buying for their children who attend St Leonard’s College. (Apple also offer trade-ins on old iPads in store which may be of interest).
- JB HiFi Education are offering our families a discount on iPads and laptops via an online portal. If you would like to purchase your device via this site please click here and login with the password ‘STLC2019’.
- MyMac also provides an online portal for iPad purchases. If you would like to purchase your device via this site please click here and login with the username ‘stleonards‘ and the password ‘brighton’.
Students in years 3 to 9
Every day students in years 3 to 9 are required to bring their own:
– iPad or iPad Pro (32GB or greater, not an iPad mini) in a cover.
– A brand new iPad is expected to last students three to four years. Due to the life cycle of technology students are expected to bring an iPad to school that is no more than four years old.
– iPads should be running the latest version of iOS (the iPad software). If your iPad cannot run the latest version you will need to purchase a new iPad.
This short video from student Mikey Esplan highlights some of the benefits of moving to iPads:
Students in years 10 to 12
As students move into the VCE and IB programs they are presented with an increasing array of subject selections and as such an iPad may not meet some students’ requirements. A student who is studying VCE Information Technology, while they would have access to high end computer labs at school, may choose to bring their own high end laptop as it may serve their chosen learning journey more appropriately. Due to such variations in subject selection we believe it is important that students in the Senior School have the ability to choose the most appropriate technology to meet their needs. We also understand that this technology choice may very well see them through to their tertiary studies. Students in years 10, 11 and 12 are required to bring a device of their choosing to school on a daily basis.
The device that students in years 10, 11 and 12 bring must meet some very basic minimum requirements:
- Devices must have 802.11ac WIFI networking capability. If your laptop is missing this capability you can easily buy an adapter such as this one from JB Hifi.
- A modern up to date web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.
- The ability to create .docx or .pdf files for work submission to teachers. Microsoft Word, Apple Pages or Google Docs are all capable of creating .docx or .pdf files.
- The ability to create a presentation to display to the class. Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote or Google Slides are all fine.
- The ability to read .pdf files is required. Adobe Reader is a free program that performs this function. The ability to read eBooks (.epub) may be required and Adobe Digital Editions is a free program to do this.
- A minimum display size of 9 inches diagonal.
- At least 30GB of onboard storage.
An iPad coupled with the St Leonard’s College App list meets all of these demands and we anticipate that this may remain the choice for some Senior School students.
The majority of Senior School students do choose to bring an ultrabook style laptop device. That is a light laptop with excellent battery life whether that be a MacBook (Air) or a PC .