Bring Your Own Learning Tool

Emmaus Catholic College runs a mandatory 1:1 (one device per student) Bring Your Own Learning Tool (BYOLT) program where incoming Year 7 students supply their own device for learning.

 

The 1:1 BYOLT program has enabled the College to divert funds into more sound programs such as upgrading existing computer labs used for elective courses, increasing the range and density of our wireless network infrastructure, and the rollout of Mobile TV’s and LED LCD TV’s in replacement of projectors, which is allowing a higher level of interactivity and collaborative learning. Our purchasing strategy also includes the supply of apps and software to ensure a 21st Century learning culture here at the college.

 

Please read through the information below and if you have any questions concerning the purchase of an appropriate device for your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact the college IT department.


Frequently Asked Questions

2018

Year 7 Year 8
(mixed/transition year)
Years 9 - 12

iPad: 
32GB storage, Minimum screen size 9.7”

OR

MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage

Keep device from Year 7
  
OR

MacBook / Air / Pro:
Minimum storage: 128GB             
MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage 
(512 GB recommended)

Note: Device requirements subject to courses

 

2019

Year 7 Year 8
(mixed/transition year)
Years 9 - 12

MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage

MacBook / Air / Pro:
Minimum storage: 128GB

OR

Keep device from Year 7
iPads will transition to Macbooks in 2020

 

MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage
(512 GB recommended)

Note: Device requirements subject to courses

 

2020

Year 7 - 8 Years 9 - 12

MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage

MacBook / Air / Pro:
128 GB minimum storage
(512 GB recommended)

Note: Device requirements subject to courses

 

Insurance can be sought through the retail store of purchase using the Apple Protection Plan, or through your own insurance company of choice as a portable valuable.

Emmaus does not take responsibility for personal items and devices brought to school. Students need to be directly responsible. Students bring their own property to the school at their own risk and the school will not accept any responsibility for loss or damage. Our teachers will take measures to ensure all valuables are stowed safely and in practical subjects where bags are left outside due to WHS requirements, students are reminded to retain their valuables and bring them into the learning space.


Classroom operation is not designed for students to bring any device, this means that students are advised to purchase an Apple laptop so that classroom delivery can be streamlined. It is not required to purchase a NEW MacBook, you can use an existing one or purchase a refurbished model.

It is recommended a new or used Apple Macbook (in working order) with a minimum storage of 128GB is used. As students choose electives in Year 9 and as the curriculum becomes more demanding at this time, storage of 512GB is recommended subject to your child’s courses.

Students studying multimedia or technology related courses are recommended to purchase a Macbook Pro (with Touch Bar) due to its higher processing performance.

If you have any questions concerning the purchase of an appropriate device for your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact the college IT department.

The college uses a universal applet called Box of Books that will digitally store all of your child’s purchased textbooks. Depending on the course studies, a physical textbook may be preferred, this is still available (usually at an additional cost subject to course prescribed text). A student book list is available and updated each year with more information specific to your child’s courses.

In addition to prescribed textbooks, our teachers are using 21st century teaching and learning tools to enhance teaching and learning. Many of our teachers are also creating their own websites to deliver tailored content to their students. Be sure to ask your child about the different learning technologies they use in their subjects!