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Bring Your Own Device

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​​BYOD refers to bringing any laptop sourced from a retailer or supplier which meets our minimum specifications. This model allows students to bring to QACI a laptop that best suits their learning needs in our creative learning environment.

Parents purchase the laptop and are advised to also check home insurance for accidental damage and theft.

The device must be ready to use on the first day of school with the required software installed. Some software needs to be installed after students have commenced at QACI. It is also a requirement to purchase a laptop cover and bag to minimise accidental damage.

Our Help Desk supports students by diagnosing IT issues and consulting with families if further action is required. 

Please see the BYOD booklet for more information or contact the ICT Help Desk on 07 3552 9333.

Device minimum specifications


Item
Minimum Specifications
Operating system*

MacOS Big Sur (v11 or newer)

Windows 10 (v1909 or newer) *​

Screen Size
13 inch recommended
1080p resolution
Processor

Apple M1 or newer

Windows intel Core i5 8th generation or newer​

Ram
8GB +
Hard drive
256GB +
Wireless

Dual-band wireless capabilities (2.4 & 5 GHz)

Please note: Laptops with only 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity will not connect to the Department of Education Wireless Network​


*Not supported: iOS (iphone), iPadOS (ipad), Android (Phone or tablet), ChromeOS (chrome book)

Recommended accessories

Item
Minimum Specifications
Laptop Protection

Hard protective, water resistant, clip on hardcase shell for laptop*

Zip Cover and Laptop Bag

# Laptops should be carried in a separate laptop bag​

External Hard Drive

2 TB USB-C hardrive to remain at home for daily backup​

Adaptors

If no USB A ports - a USB C to USB A Adapter​


ICT staff can also advise you regarding the suitability of the specified models for your student’s use.

Please contact the QACI ICT Help Desk on (07) 3552 9333.


Specialist Programs (Music or Film Students)

It is recommended that students studying Music or Film purchase an Apple Laptop (M1 Macbook Air) with MacOS Big Sur (v11) to meet the demands of the software applications used during class (ie. Apple Software Logic used by music students is not available on Windows). 

Some programs, for example, imaging and video editing software (film students), may require upgraded hardware components to run efficiently.

It is recommended that the following hardware components be upgraded at the time of purchase.​


Item

Recommendation



Memory

16GB +

Storage

Some project files can be very large (film, music) - consider purchasing a solid state drive (SSD) to use while working on large projects and/or a minimum 500GB external hard drive (HDD). This is used to archive large projects when completed.

*This should not be the backup hardrive as listed in the recommended accessories.

Laptop purchasing

QACI has a partnership with The School Locker for the production and supply of our school uniform. They also offer education pricing for technology requirements.

Parents have a number of options in considering laptop purchasing.

  • Purchase through The School Locker portal

  • Purchase at any computer retailer in Australia or overseas

  • Bring a laptop currently owned by the family

  • Organise lease of a device through The School Locker

  • Organise lease of a device through any other company

The School Locker

Service Email: service@theschoollocker.com.au

Brisbane Phone: (07) 3848 5887

Web Form: https://theschoollocker.com.au/contact-us

Livechat via The School Locker Portal








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Last reviewed 02 November 2021
Last updated 02 November 2021