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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

In 2018 all students are encouraged to bring their own laptop to school to complement classroom activities.
We are giving families control over the choice of IT device to bring to school as their primary device (within specifications). With this primary device we will continue to support students by diagnosing IT issues and consulting with families if further action is required. We make the following recommendations around device specifications and software as these are expectations that the school will have of the devices students bring.
Device Minimum Specifications
Device MINIMUM Specifications
Intel: Processor Core i3 or i5 (not AMD or RT)
4 GB Minimum
Intel Built-in Graphics acceptable
128 GB Hard Drive
Optical Drive optional
Wireless: 802.1 1n compatible built in, attached dongle not recommended
Wired: 100mbit minimum
Screen Size
11-13 inch recommended, 1280x720 minimum resolution, 11” minimum, 15”+ sizes are not recommended
Battery Life
6 hour minimum battery life (8 hour is preferable)
Operating System
Windows 8.1 and newer or OSX Mountain Lion or newer
BYOD Vendor Portals

The vendor links and portals provided on the right hand side are to assist parents in finding suitable devices for BYOD. 

The school does not require that you buy from any of these vendors. 

These sites provide information about Devices, Accidental Damage Insurance, After Care and accessories and have been provided to assist parents in making their device choice.  

Other vendors include:

Computer Alliance -



Harvey Norman -


Connecting your Device
We will connect your device to the school network once you have been allocated a username and password from the school. In order to streamline this process, please ensure that your device is free from viruses.
Compulsory Software
Current version Anti-virus software is required, the download link is on the bottom of the page. Some available free programs are linked below:
·      Malwarebytes
Discounted Norton Anti-virus is also available for download from the Learning Place:
The only other software requirement for Park Ridge is each student must have Microsoft Office 2010 or higher installed.
Free Microsoft Office for Students
All state school students can now download multiple free copies of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite to their personal home and mobile computer equipment.
Students who want the free software will need an active Managed Internet Service (MIS) login, school email account and password — those who don‘t should contact their school’s MIS Administrator or class teacher. The administrator will help students activate their MIS login. If your student is coming from a private school, these details will be provided on commencement of schooling at QA.
Students can download Office from here -
Discounted Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
Students also have access to a range of Adobe products available to install on a personal device. You can download a Trial version of the software. The following Adobe software is available to students: Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Indesign CC, Acrobat XI Pro, Photoshop Elements, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Fireworks, Edge Animate, Muse, Media Encoder CC, Captivate. Download here:
Suggestion of additional software to install:
Mac users only – An alternate to Microsoft OneNote is available. Files can be viewed with Outline – available on the app store –
Suggested Additional Software
Internet Browsers
·      Google Chrome
·      Mozilla Firefox
·      Adobe Flash, Reader, Air, Shockwave Player
Online Storage/Backup
·      Google Drive
·      Microsoft SkyDrive
Video Players
·      VLC Player
Audio Recorder
Any Questions?
If you have questions about BYOD please feel free to contact the IT Department on 07 33804111 or