The type of device you select is entirely up to you and the final decision will be informed firstly by the needs and requirements of courses taken, but also by budget constraints. For years 7 - 10, students will be able to participate in all learning activities regardless of the device's specification as all essential learning tools are hosted online and accessed through an internet browser or web enabled apps. However, as students move into senior years elective courses may require specific applications and some device may not be capable.
We suggest you consider a laptop over a tablet, but as part of BYOD you are able to make a decision based on your preferences and needs, or if you already own a tablet that meets the minimum specifications and course requirements for BYOD, you don't need to go out and buy a laptop as well. When making your decision it is important that your device meets the minimum requirements for accessing the school infrastructure.
A brief outline of the benefits of each can be seen in the video below.
With this in mind, J. J. Cahill Memorial High School in working with the community has made arrangements with Office Works Alexandria and Harvey Norman Business & Education to simplify the purchasing process. While we have developed these relationships, families are not obligated to purchase devices from any specific retail outlet. Should you find a device that satisfies your needs and meets the minimum requirements for accessing the school's infrastructure then you are welcome to make your purchase from any retailer.
LAPTOP vs TABLET
Officeworks Alexandria are able to assist in store when purchasing devices. Staff at Officeworks are familiar with Department of Education requirements and are able to direct you to suitable devices that suit your individual needs and price point.
To familiarise yourself with their current range please visit their website prior to entering the store. Also ensure to double check the device specifications against the requirements outlined on this site to ensure you are purchasing a laptop that is compatible with school infrastructure.
Officeworks also have a wide range of accessories to compliment your device.