Why learn with technology?

To support excellence in learning, we use technology where appropriate to encourage deep and creative learning to help students prepare themselves for the rapidly changing world of work. The technologies we select are designed to accelerate students’ ability to communicate, create, collaborate, and develop critical thinking. Where applicable in learning, students are given access a Microsoft 365 account, Apple Creative apps, Adobe Creative Cloud account, Canva, SEQTA Learn and numerous other technologies.

Learning technology device requirements for the 2024 academic year:

Updated: Thursday October 12, 2023.

The College has finalised the learning technology requirements for the 2024 academic year, to ensure parents have visibility and can purchase accordingly. Students leverage an iPad in years 7-9 and a MacBook in years 10-12 as simple, flexible & reliable tools.

We take this opportunity to thank parents for their continued modelling of the appropriate use of devices to support learning.

Why the shift to school-leased devices in year 7 from 2024?

The College is moving to a school-owned student device beginning in Year 7 in 2024 and repeating this each subsequent year until all year 7-9 students are using a school-owned device. Year 10 students will continue to have the choice of ‘sourcing’ a MacBook of the minimum specification. To help ensure equity and capability for all students, it’s essential for learning at all year levels to be assisted by devices at a consistent minimum standard.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
School provided iPad BundleBYO iPad BundleBYO iPad Bundle
Year 10Year 11Year 12
MacBook Air M1 2023 MacBook Air or Pro 2022MacBook Air or Pro 2021
Year 7 students 2024
School-supplied iPad Air Bundle via a Device Levy

All Year 7 students will be provided with a school-leased iPad Air bundle. Families will be invoiced the Device Levy of $425 per annum, and payment is required prior to collection of the device (this will be separate from the school fees statement).

Year 7 families can pick up the iPad on January 18 or 19 between 9 am and 3 pm from the IT Support office on Hay Street as per this Campus Map here. Parents and caregivers are asked to ensure they have completed payment (email from Accounts) and the lease agreement (in Consent2Go) before collection.

Year 7 FAQs:

Search your main family contact email for an email from accounts@mercedes.wa.edu.au and follow payment instructions

Search your main family contact email for an email from Consent2Go.  Here you can update your family profile information and acknowledge the “permission” for the Lease Agreement.

Parents can use the app also following these instructions:
Consent2Go App Parent access guide

The annual device cost includes:

  • iPad Air 2023 Wifi 256Gb
  • Logitech Folio Touch with keyboard case with trackpad
  • USB-C Charger
  • Service and support
  • Mobile device management for configuration and learning app pre-installation
  • Comprehensive AppleCare+ warranty for year 1 & 2
  • Insurance Year 3

Parents may source the Apple Pencil 2.0 or Logitech Crayon USB-C from their preferred retailer.  Parents must ensure the serial number is recorded and a hard-to-remove sticker identifier is added to the stylus in the event it is lost.

Loss or damage attracts a $100 payment to cover the service processing fee and insurance premium.

New students in Years 8 & 9, 2024.
BYO iPad bundle. 

For new Year 8-9 students in 2024 it is essential the iPad is brought to the College in January in an “out of the factory” condition to ensure it can be enrolled correctly onto the College’s network and for the mobile device management software to be installed. Parents can source these from a supplier of preference requesting education pricing or use Winthrop Australia discounted store below. The minimum specifications are:

  • Year 8 2024 – iPad 9 256Gb 2022, Logitech Rugged Combo 3 Touch Trackpad  Apple Pencil 1.0
  • Year 9 2024 – iPad 9 256Gb 2022, , Logitech Rugged Combo 3 Touch Trackpad  Apple Pencil 1.0

     

Years 10 students 2024
BYO MacBook Air M1

MacBook Air M1 2023 is the minimum specification for 2024. A MacBook Air M2 or MacBook Pros are only recommended for students in Years 10,11 & 12 doing Media, Design and/or Applied Information Technology.

Parents can source these from a supplier of preference requesting education pricing. However, Winthrop Australia is the nominated 2024 discounted supplier via this online store.  At the time of writing, standard retail pricing is $1678 in GST retail for a MacBook M1 with AppleCare+.

 

New students in Years 11 & 12, 2024.
BYO MacBook Air M1

New Year 11 and Year 12 students entering the college in 2024 will have the following minimum specifications for their devices:

  • Year 11 2024 – MacBook Air M1 2022
  • Year 12 2024 – MacBook Air or Pro 2020

MacBook Air M1 2023 is the minimum specification for 2024. A MacBook Air M2 or MacBook Pros are only recommended for students in Years 10,11 & 12 doing Media, Design and/or Applied Information Technology.

Parents can source these from a supplier of preference requesting education pricing. However, Winthrop Australia is the nominated 2024 discounted supplier via this online store.  At the time of writing, standard retail pricing is $1678 in GST retail for a MacBook M1 with AppleCare+.

FAQs

As per the listed fees for Year 7-12 parents, the IT levy without the inclusion of the device will be $540 for 2024, in line with CPI (consumer price index). This covers IT support, coaching, infrastructure and software including – SEQTA, Microsoft 365, Adobe, Google, Adobe, Canva, Infiniti Concorde etc

Since the inception of the Bring Your Designated Device (BYOD) program in 2014, the College has been navigating the following challenges:

  • Damaged, faulty and misconfigured devices in the classroom.
  • Students installing distracting social-media apps visible at home or via hotspot on their BYO devices.
  • Inconsistencies across the range of devices and the creative capabilities of these.
  • Difficulties with troubleshooting and assistance because of the many different device types.
  • The right of ownership debate regarding the installation of software and management of the device.
  • Student equality issues when compared with their peers.
  • Teachers are required to troubleshoot in the classroom.
  • Student access to non-educational apps on learning devices at home and the difficulty in filtering and controlling student-owned devices to mitigate this problem via hot-spotting.
  • Off-task use of technology in class.

The program will start in 2024 for Year 7 students and then repeated for three years until all students in year 7-9 have a school-owned device. It will not affect students currently in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Students in Year 8 or Year 9 in 2024 will continue with their current iPads and move to the MacBook in Year 10.

Students should only bring one device to school. An iPad with stylus and keyboard case in year 7-9 and a MacBook in year 10-12

The Logitech Combo Touch with detachable keyboard case with trackpad is the most simple, flexible and reliable case we have identified. The versatility in learning to type, navigate, view, sketch and read has proven to support the learning we wish to see. It also keeps the the front, back, and corners of the iPad snug and protected and has a holder for the Apple Pencil.

This is in keeping with staff devices and the College device management and classroom infrastructure configuration and investment. Apple devices have proven to have battery reliability required for whole-day usage and robust hardware, and integrated high-quality cameras and stylus. These devices also have a simplicity of a familiar operating system while offering the complexity and opportunities of multiple enterprise-grade apps, such as Teams, in a secure enclave. In a multi-vendor world, the flexibility of the chosen devices allows for the cross-platform use of the full Microsoft 365 suite, Google, Adobe apps and additional apps such as Canva and Education Perfect.  However, mixed device platforms create confusion and overheads for implementation, function, and management. In keeping costs to families manageable, the College can negotiate a competitive pricing structure with an Apple device.

In the experience of IT Support a glass screen protector is always a good investment. If you do not have Apple Care on the device it can be a much more affordable investment.

New Students commencing at the College for the first time in Years 8, 9, 11 and 12 during 2024 can purchase from the minimum required device specification listed above. A new Year 7 student will be supplied a school-leased device.

To ensure consistency and equity in the learning environment plus the ability to complete tasks students in year 7-9 must have an iPad and in year 10-12 must have a MacBook.

No, it is important that the students have the same device with the same software suite and the same security settings. The device is one part of the whole package, which includes support, software, management, security, warranty, service agreement and swap outs during repairs to ensure minimal disruption to learning.

The device has a life cycle of three years (Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12). Allowing opt-in outside of these entry points would make the deployment and management of devices untenable. Additionally, teachers design learning experiences around these consistent devices to ensure the technology does not get in the way of the learning.  Therefore, we can’t provide opt-in as a choice outside of the Years 7 and 10 entry points.

The school is sourcing the best product at the best price with bulk buying power. The cost includes the whole package as indicated above.  Occasionally vendors have a two-day sale but these are rare and hard to predict.

Yes, a 256 GB hard drive is sufficient storage for nearly all students. Students doing Media courses may benefit from more local storage.

Students are also given guidance on how to access 1TB of OneDrive storage.  Year 7 students also get 256 GB iCloud storage with their Managed Apple ID.

Mercedes College will negotiate prices each year. Consequently, the price may vary between year groups.

At the end of the lease, the condition of the iPad is checked ahead of return to the leasing provider before the last day of school in December at the end of Term 4.

The College will require the school-owned device and all associated peripherals to be returned in an acceptable condition. Charges may apply if the device is damaged.

The device will connect to home networks, and students will be able to access online platforms at home (e.g., YouTube, Netflix, etc). However, they will not be able to install apps or change device settings. Students can request apps to be installed specific to their learning needs, justifying their critical thinking to their teachers via a form on the SEQTA Learn splash page.

No, Education Perfect is made available to students where required by teachers and the cost is covered via the IT Levy.

Students access eBook versions of the textbooks via the Campion app using licences purchased via the college booklist. These texts listed as a compulsory item include eBooks  allowing students to sign-in to interactive activities via their college SSO (Single Sign On).

Student device enquiries

For enquiries regarding device set-up or learning with technology services at Mercedes College, please contact the IT Support team directly with one of the following methods: