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CYOD Minimum Specifications

 




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The College recommends that all laptops used by students meet the minimum specifications to enable suitability for curriculum based activities. College ICT technicians will make every effort to enable connectivity of devices which meet these minimum specifications, assuming there are no technical or other issues outside of their control.  An attempt will be made to connect other devices, but parents and students should be aware that connectivity may not be possible if there are technical or other issues.

All students will need local admin access to the machine for the initial on-boarding (connecting). They will also need any software that has been installed to limit their access turned off/removed for the connection to be successful.  Once the initial on-boarding is complete you are again able to restrict the student, although some restrictions may still cause issues with their access to the internet from school.


Year 1 - 6:​ 

​​ MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS 

Year 1 to Year 6​​

Windows Devices

 

Minimum (Basic)

Medium (Increased Performance)
Also works in Years 7 and 8

Operating System

Windows 8.1, 1​0 only

Windows 8.1, 10 only

Processor *

Dual Core AMD\Pentium or higher

Intel i3, Ryzen 3 or similar

CPU Speed *

2.0Ghz

2.8Ghz

Memory

4GB

6-8GB

Storage Capacity

128GB HDD

128GB SSD

Graphics

N/A

N/A

Antivirus

Antivirus software MUST be installed on their device and are required to keep it regularly updated.

Note: There are many free AVs and Windows 10 comes with Windows defender which is fine if kept updated.

Battery

All devices will need to last the day. They cannot be charged on College grounds due to Occupational Health and Safety reasons and the high chance that the machine will be damaged due to cords being run around the classes.

Wireless Connectivity

802.11ac Wi-Fi (support of 5GHz wireless range is essential)

Warranty

An extended warranty or device protection plan is recommended, but is at the parent’s discretion.

Mac Devices​

 

Minimum

Form Factor

Any MacBook

Operating System

Mac OS X 10.12, latest OSX is best

Processor Type *

*Mac minimum exceeds our College minimum requirements

CPU Speed *

Memory

Storage Capacity

Graphics

Antivirus

Please install an antivirus as a precaution (free ones are fine). Mac’s do get viruses if left unprotected and outdated.

Wireless Connectivity

All Mac devices meet our wireless requirements.

Warranty

An extended warranty or device protection plan is recommended, but is at the parent’s discre​tion.


 
Year 7 - 12:

The College recommends that all laptops used by students meet the minimum specifications below to enable suitability for curriculum based activities. College ICT technicians will make every effort to enable connectivity of devices which meet these minimum specifications, assuming there are no technical or other issues outside of their control.  An attempt will be made to connect other devices, but parents and students should be aware that connectivity may not be possible if there are technical or other issues.

The computer specifications will largely be determined by the classes that the student is in and the software required. Students enrolled in Senior Graphics, ICT, Business, Media or Film & TV subjects are recommended to purchase a device with a dedicated video card – High end devices​. These high end devices would be used to support programs such as Autodesk, the Adobe suite and MYOB. See Minimum Specifications for full subject list requirements.


MINIMUM SPECIFICATONS

​Year 7 to Year 12​​

Windows Devices

 

Minimum

Medium

High

Operating System

Windows 8.1, 10 only

Windows 10 only

Windows 10 only

Processor *

Core i3, Ryzen 3 or similar Pentium/AMD

Core i5, Ryzen 5 or similar

Core i5-i7, Ryzen 5-7

CPU Speed *

2.0Ghz

3.0Ghz or higher

3.2Ghz or higher

Memory

4GB or more

8GB or more

8GB (16GB Recommended)

Storage Capacity

128GB SSD (depends on software needed)

256GB SSD or higher

512GB SSD or higher

Graphics

Check the requirements of Subject

1GB (check the requirements of the subject)

2GB (check the requirements of the subject)

Antivirus

Antivirus software MUST be installed on their device and are required to keep it regularly updated.

Note: There are many free AVs and Windows 10 comes with Windows defender which is fine if kept updated.

Battery

All devices will need to last the day. They cannot be charged on College grounds due to Occupational Health and Safety reasons and the high chance that the machine will be damaged due to cords being run around the classes.

Wireless Connectivity

802.11ac Wi-Fi (support of 5GHz wireless range is essential)

NOTE: For Students wishing to study CAD, Multimedia or some Arts subjects, the best device specifications would be a device in the Medium or High specifications above. Please consult the subject chart for recommended device levels for subjects.

Warranty

An extended warranty or device protection plan is recommended, but is at the parent’s discretion.

Mac Devices

 

Minimum

Recommended

Form Factor

MacBook  

MacBook

Operating System

Mac OS X 10.12, latest OSX is best

Mac OS X 10.12, Latest OSX is best

Processor Type *

*Mac minimum exceeds our College minimum requirements

Intel Core i5 or higher

CPU Speed *

3.2Ghz or higher

Memory

8GB or more

Storage Capacity

256GB or higher

Graphics

Integrated GPU with at least 1GB

Antivirus

Please install an antivirus as a precaution (free ones are fine). Mac’s do get viruses if left unprotected and outdated.

Please be aware that some subjects require Windows devices, or a dual boot windows image on their Mac.

Wireless Connectivity

All Mac devices meet our wireless requirements.

Warranty

An extended warranty or device protection plan is recommended, but is at the parent’s 

 
IT Updates:
Please check for and install updates on Windows devices before bringing them to school. Otherwise this may cause you to wait up to an hour and a half for it to finish installing at school.

Not accepted at school:

Jailbroken iPads will not be accepted as CYOD devices, they are too big a security risk.
 
Android devices are not supported on the Kawana Waters State College network as they are in some ways incompatible with our network and are a security risk.

 
Windows 10 S is not compatible with our system and will not be accepted as it will not connect. If you would like to upgrade this from home for free to make it compatible, please visit Qld Department of Education and Training On The Hub​ and register using the students school account.