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2. How to Participate

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  1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Read the BYOD Charter which explains the program in detail, with minimum device specifications and recommendations from the IT Department.
  2. Select a device that meets minimum specifications:
    • From one of the BYOD Purchasing portals listed on this page;
    • from a retailer;
    • from an existing family owned device;
  3. Complete the BYOD Charter Agreement and return it to the administration office, or scan and email to laptops@fernygroveshs.eq.edu.au.  
  4. Prepare your new device.
  5. Self-enrol your device into Microsoft Intune at home. 

Minimum Specifications



​Minimum
Apple iPad (allowed Jr. School only)​
​Screen Size​

​11" Minimum
​No smaller than a standard iPad
​Operating System
​Microsoft Windows 10 Home, Professional or Education; Mac OS 10.15.x or later
​iOS 13.0 minimum
​Wi-Fi
​Wi-Fi 802.11n/ac, (5GHz)
​Wi-Fi 802.11n/ac, (5GHz)
​Battery
​Sufficient to last 6 hours (a full school day) on Balanced power mode. 
​Sufficient to last 6 hours (a full school day). 
​RAM
​4GB

​Storage
​128GB HDD or SSD
​32GB Recommended, 16GB Possible (see BYOD Charter)
​Keyboard
​Must have a physical keyboard
​Must have a physical keyboard



​Recommendations:

  1. Our recommended device is a Microsoft Windows 10 or 11 laptop as the operating system will provide maximum compatibility with school applications.
  2. Do not purchase Microsoft Office for BYOD as it is available FREE for EQ students.  Refer to BYOD Software Applications for details.
  3. Students who opt for an Apple Mac - depending on subject requirements - may still need to run windows programs.  Running Windows applications on a Mac will require extra software or configuration - please refer to the BYOD Charter and BYOD Software Applications for details.
  4. Purchase the maximum warranty available, and Accidental Damage Protection insurance if your budget allows.

The following are not suitable for BYOD

  • ​Devices that do not support Wi-Fi 802.11n/ac, (5GHz)​
  • Devices that do not meet the minimum specifications
  • Windows 10 'S Mode'.  (The 'S' mode is a special version of Windows 10 that must be converted to Windows 10 at home.  Refer to instructions here.)
  • Smartphones
  • Chromebooks
  • Android devices
  • Linux distributions (eg Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora etc)
  • Any other version of software not listed in the BYOD Charter.
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Last reviewed 21 March 2022
Last updated 21 March 2022