MAC1 can help with your BYOD program

10 tips for choosing BYOD technology for your child

So your school has decided to introduce a BYOD program and your student now needs a device of their own. With so many options on the market where do you start? How do you choose the right device for your student’s BYOD needs?

Hopefully your school has set up a BYOD portal that includes special education pricing and taken care of the details for you. If not you might like to mention this MAC1 service to your school.

In the meantime we’ve compiled compiled a list of the top 10 things to consider when deciding which device to buy. Of course if you need more information our team of Apple experts will be happy to help. You can find our Apple Reseller Store locations here.

Your school is likely to dictate which of these will be suitable for your student. Often younger children only require a tablet while older students may need a laptop to run all the applications required for their courses.

iPad is perhaps the best know tablet on the market and the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard combination is an exciting addition to the range. The Apple laptop range including MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air offer a variety of options one of which is sure to meet your needs.

Look for a battery life of at least six hours as some schools don’t allow external devices to be plugged in during the day and you don’t want your student to run out of power.
Obviously if your student needs to carry the device in their school bag the lighter the better. If possible opt for a device that only weighs around 2kg or less.
Due to high traffic demands it’s often only devices with dual band wi-fi that can connect to a school network. If in doubt check with your school before you make your purchase to avoid connectivity issues down the track.

While small screens make devices easy to transport it can be difficult to view and use content if the screen is too small. Choose a device that has a screen size of at least 10-inches keeping in mind the types of tasks the student will need to complete. Consuming content on a smaller screen may be fine but creating content on a smaller screen is likely to be difficult.

Consider the type of subjects your student will be studying when deciding on the hard-drive storage size. For example a student who does video editing or runs applications like AutoCAD will need more hard-drive storage space and processing power than a student who only runs word-processing programs.

You may prefer a device with a solid-state drive (SSD) rather than the older hard-disk drive (HDD) as they are faster and can extend battery life. It’s also a good idea to think about whether your student will need expandable storage options like a MicroSD or an external hard-drive.

Think about whether your student will need to connect to external devices (like printers, external hard-drives, an optical disc drive, a projector etc) when deciding what sort of connection options you need.
Think about the tasks your student will need to undertake on their device and decide if the addition of a mouse or touch pen will make life easier for them.

Do you want to extend your product warranty? What about insurance cover for damage and theft of your student’s device?

When buying an Apple laptop or iPad it’s possible to extend your warranty by adding an AppleCare Protection Plan to your purchase. This provides up to three years of expert telephone tech support and extra hardware service options in addition to the standard legal rights provided under Australian Consumer Law.

MAC1 also offer additional insurance protection with Protect IT. This insurance can provide cover for both accidental damage and theft depending on the level of cover you choose. Find out more here.

What happens if your student has technical issues with the device? Is there someone to help you sort them out quickly and easily? As Apple Authorised Service Providers MAC1 can assist with all Apple product warranty and non-warranty repairs. Put simply that means we can help with after sales service on your Apple device without voiding your Apple product warranty. Plus, if your warranty has expired we can still assist with repairs using genuine Apple parts when required.