The information technology infrastructure consists of an extensive network of Apple and PC-based computers and laptops.

1: World - Bring Your Own Device Laptops / iPads

The vision of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) department is to ensure that all members of the Mercedes College community use technology to enhance the way they work.

Please see the Mercedes College 2022 1:World Learning Programme Guide.

This document provides a full rationale for the programme and details of the devices expected from the beginning of the academic year. Also included in the document is advice targeted to students and parents regarding the care and use of recommended devices.


Bring Your Own Device (Laptops / iPads)

The following details are applicable for the 2022 Academic Year. 

Our experience since the introduction of the 1:World programme in 2012 has highlighted that Apple devices are ideally suited to our educational strategy and therefore our preferred platform. However, students may opt for alternative devices meeting the equivalent minimum specifications outlined below. 

Junior School 

The Apple iPad is the preferred device for students in the Junior School.

Students in Reception to Year 2 will be provided with 1:1 College-owned iPads within their classroom environment.

In Years 3 to 5, students will be required to bring their own devices. These devices must be able to run this list of core and recommended applications for Years 3 - 5.

The device must meet or exceed the following specifications: 

  • iPad 10.2" Wi-Fi (9th generation)
  • We strongly recommend the Wi-Fi only model to reduce costs to parents and ensure internet usage at the College is filtered.
  • 64GB storage or above
  • Accessories required: Wireless Keyboard, Protective cover and/or sleeve, Screen Protector and Headphones 
  • Optional Accessories: Apple Pencil

Alternative tablets must meet the equivalent hardware specifications and be able to run the list of core and recommended applications for Years 3- 5. Please note that iPad mini, smartphones and iPods are not acceptable devices.

Middle and Senior Schools 

Students in Years 6 to 12 will be required to bring their own laptop that meets or exceeds the following device specifications:

 

macOS

Windows

Processor

1.2GHz dual-core m3

Intel Core i5 2.2GHz; AMD A6 1.8GHz

Operating System

OS X 10.14

Windows 10

Memory

8GB

8GB

Hard Drive

120 GB SSD (solid state drive)

120 GB SSD (solid state drive)

Display

13.3” screen with 1920x1080 screen resolution or higher

13.3” screen with 1920x1080 screen resolution or higher

Battery Life

7+ hours

7+ hours

Wi-fi

802.11ac or better

802.11ac or better

Webcam

User facing, inbuilt microphone and speakers

User facing, inbuilt microphone and speakers

 

Head/earphones are recommended and devices should be under 2 kilograms. 

The Apple MacBook Air / Pro (13”) is the preferred device in the Middle and Senior Schools. However, non-Apple laptops meeting the specifications are acceptable. Smartphones are not acceptable devices.

The College will provide students with access to the Internet through a purpose-built Wi-Fi network following completion of their ICT Acceptable Use agreement in their College Planner. The College has a Microsoft Office 365 tenancy which enables all students to access the complete suite (Word, OneNote, Powerpoint. Excel, etc) on their devices.

A device enrolment process will occur at the start of the school year to set up devices for use at the College.

Bring Your Own Device Questions 

For more information, please see our BYOD frequently asked questions. 

Charging 

Students are expected to charge their device at home and bring it to school every day ready for use.

Students must not bring their charger (power adapter) to school as it may be easily damaged or lost and may cause a safety hazard when plugged in to the wall socket.


CompNow

A parent portal has been established with CompNow to facilitate purchasing of devices. A key advantage of purchasing though CompNow is having a collated list of devices that all meet College device specifications. However, parents/caregivers are welcome to purchase devices from any retailer they choose. You can access CompNow here