Selecting a device can be difficult. There are so many options available from so many different retailers, added to the pressures of wondering if the device you select will hinder your child in being able to be competitive in their learning, or if by working to a tight budget are you in anyway limiting their capabilities at school.
The short answer is, no. Any device you select for your child will offer then greater opportunity in the classroom, whether it be a laptop or tablet, an Apple, Chromebook or Windows device your child will have every opportunity to engage in all learning activities at school. This is why at J. J. Cahill Memorial High School, we utilise G Suite for Education (formerly Google for Education) and a host of other cloud-based tools that creates a level playing field for all students to engage in meaningful and collaborative learning, preparing them for the rigours of the modern workplace. All they require is an internet connection and away they go!
With this in mind though, it's important to know that many manufacturers offer special educational pricing through their online stores, this way you can ensure that your money will stretch a little bit further. So whether it be a Chromebook (recommended for students entering years 7 & 8), Windows Laptop (recommended for students entering years 10, 11 & 12), or an Apple Mac Laptop (recommended for students entering years 11 & 12, especially those selecting Music, Multimedia and Visual Arts) your child will be able to participate in all learning activities. As long as your chosen device meets the schools minimum requirements (outlined here) then you'll be providing them with everything they need for successful participation in BYOD.
Lenovo Education Store (up to 40% off PCs and Notebooks)