Learning in a digital age is no longer restricted by time, place, space, or pace. As technology becomes ubiquitous, everywhere, all the time, and integral to life and learning, schools need to adapt to empower students. To develop 21st century learners, pedagogy must shift to student-centred learning. The role of students becomes one of taking responsibility for their learning and the role of the teacher switches to the activator, who utilises self-paced and customisable learning experiences that occur both in and out of the classroom.
This means that students will own, control, and have personal responsibility for the computer that they use at school and at home. To provide the best access to available resources, and to harness the greatest potential for learning, Pine Rivers SHS requires devices brought to school for our BYOD program to meet a minimum set of specifications. Pine Rivers SHS will provide necessary school-owned curriculum resources, printing, and filtered Internet access for use on-campus.
All students are expected to have a Windows or Apple Mac device that meets the minimum specifications listed below.
Student subject choices and interests should be considered when deciding what laptop (or any upgraded hardware components) to buy. Some subject specific software may require upgraded specifications or a particular operating system.
If your student wishes to run software such as Adobe Creative Cloud or Autodesk Inventor on their laptop, consider upgrading the Storage (256GB) & Memory (8GB). Increasing the specifications of the laptop will provide better performance over a longer period of time, depending on individual usage.
Further information about subject specific software and recommended hardware upgrades can be obtained by contacting the Information Services department – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pine Rivers SHS has negotiated with several vendors to develop a range of devices and purchasing options for parents. Devices offered on these portals meet the school's minimum specifications. Extended 3 year warranty and on-site repairs are packaged with some of the offered devices on the portals. The school does not endorse or recommend any particular brand of device and parents are free to purchase from any vendor of their choice.
JB Hi-Fi Education Portal
School Access Code: PRSHSBYOD2021
HP BYOD Portal
School Access Code: PINERIVERSSHS
Apple Education Store
Purchase a device using your '@eq.edu.au' email account to receive a Student discount.
The Department of Education and Pine Rivers State High School have negotiated volume licensing arrangements and/or discount programmes available for a variety of software programs and applications required over the course of their high school learning.
Any other software installations (not listed below) are the sole responsibility of the student or parent. Valid licenses are required for any software or media present on your device.
Pine Rivers State High School takes no responsibility for any penalty or legal action resulting from copyright infringement action due to unlicensed software or media present on student-owned devices.
Microsoft Office 365
All state-school students from Prep to Year 12 can download the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus suite using their Department of Education email as a Microsoft account at zero cost to students/parents, to home PCs and MacOS devices, and to BYOD laptops. The Microsoft Office suite as provided by the Department of Education is mandatory to use and download due to the use of shared features which are restricted to only be opened by student accounts. You are not required to purchase your own copy of Microsoft Office.
For PC and Mac, visit the
Office 365 Portal login using your school email address, click through to install and follow the onscreen process.
Pine Rivers State High School maintains a limited number of annual licenses for Adobe Creative Cloud Applications. Students in curriculum classes that require access to these software packages will be provide access at the commencement of their subject. During the course students can download and use Adobe Creative Cloud applications for free on 2 personal devices.
Windows 10 S mode is a version of Windows 10 that's designed for increased security and performance but restricts the user to only installing apps from the Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing. As the onboarding process includes the installation of our schools' network joiner (PRSHS Connect) we are unable support laptops restricted by S Mode.
In order to onboard the students' BYOD they will be asked to switch out of S Mode and upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional, this is a free upgrade. Please refer to Microsoft support document to switch out of S Mode prior to connecting your device to school network - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/switching-out-of-s-mode-in-windows-10-4f56d9be-99ec-6983-119f-031bfb28a307