MAC1 can help with your BYOD program

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) advice for parents

Once upon a time students were expected to arrive at school with only their pencil case stocked and their exercise books covered. For a lucky few there was a computer lab in the school that student took turns to access. Things have certainly changed. Today BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs are becoming the rule rather than the exception.

What does this mean for students, teachers and parents? The use of technology in the classroom has become the new normal for many students. They no longer need to rely on textbooks that may be out of date and they can access current information more easily. Teachers are able to provide engaging educational content in ways they never have before. The options for exploration, collaboration, communication and self expression for both students and teachers are constantly expanding.

As exciting as these developments have been, parents are now faced with the challenge of ensuring their student has a device that meets their personal needs and the requirements of their school. Knowing where to start with this process can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

MAC1 are experts when it comes to providing technology for students in the classroom. The friendly, knowledgable staff in our Apple Reseller Stores are available to assist parents with purchasing advice.

Plus, both schools and parents can benefit from a partnership with our specialist education team who may be able to provide access to money saving education pricing on Apple products by creating a customised online purchasing portal for your school. Learn more here.

Choosing the right device for your student’s BYOD needs

Every school that implements a BYOD program will provide parents with their own level of assistance when it comes to selecting a suitable device for students. Generally speaking these levels of assistance fall into the following categories:

Perhaps the easiest option for parents is when the school decides what the most suitable devices are and provides a short list of options for students (and parents) to choose from. In the best case scenario the school will also implement a purchasing portal for the school community allowing students to access special education pricing on these products. This may mean substantial savings for parents.

As an Apple Education Reseller MAC1 specialise in this process and have assisted many schools across the country. Ask your school if they have considered this option — it could save you money. Contact our Education Team to learn more.

Some schools are happy for students to choose any device they like as long as it meets a specific list of hardware requirements. This may make the selection process a little more straight forward by narrowing your options.

The list of requirements might include:
• Specific operating system Mac or Windows
• Minimum screen size
• Minimum amount of memory
• Minimum hard-drive size
• Specific Wi-Fi connection

As Apple are very focused on creating technology to enhance education there are many reasons to choose an Apple device for your student. If you are considering an iPad or Mac computer our expert team will provide the right advice as we specialise in Apple technology. You will find our Apple Reseller Store locations here.

Some schools may be very open ended in their specifications and simply tell students they need a device that can connect to the internet and recommend a minimum set of applications such as Word, Excel, etc.

If you find yourself in this situation ask some questions and gather as much information from the school as you can. You might like to refer to the list of basic specification listed above as a starting point for your investigation and take a look at our ten tips for BYOD selection here.

Armed with your research you can then seek advise from an an expert. The friendly MAC1 team in our Apple Reseller Stores will be happy to help you make an informed decision about which device will suit your student best.