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About the program

Normanhurst Boys High School has a well developed BYOD program.

This program requires students to bring their own laptops to school for use in class. All students are expected to have their own device and bring it to school each day (except on Wednesdays due to sport).

The device should be a productivity device (laptop or laptop/tablet hybrid) and not consumption based (e.g. iPad or Android tablets).

Acceptable use

All use of BYO devices is subject to acceptable use as explained in the following documents:

  • BYOD Policy
  • BYOD User Agreement

The policy, user agreement and other associate documents are stored and will be updated in this folder.

Lesson involving a bring your own device laptop with a teacher and two students

The device should be a productivity device (laptop or laptop/tablet hybrid) and not consumption based (e.g. iPad or Android tablets).

Recommended device

Please note these specifications (PDF, 97 KB) are a guide. The main consideration is screen size where the device is sufficiently large to work on yet small enough to fit in a school bag and not be too heavy to carry.

The specifications are updated on an annual basis.

The following list of software is highly recommended for students to download and install on their BYO devices. Expand each category to find links to downloading the software.

Essentials

Operating System & Adobe software

The following can be downloaded from the NSW DoE Student OnTheHub webstore for free. Get an account for the webstore by using your @education.nsw.gov.au email address:

  • Windows 10 Education
  • Adobe
    • Creative Cloud (Acrobat Pro/Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/Audition/Premiere Pro)
    • Photoshop/Premiere Elements

(Avoid downloading Office 2016 from the webstore as that is the perpetual version and not necessarily updated on a monthly schedule. See below Office desktop applications below.)

Office desktop applications

Office 365 ProPlus (which always contains the latest updates to Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Access) can be downloaded directly by logging into your Office 365 account.

  1. Login to Office 365 with your @education.nsw.gov.au credentials
  2. Download and install by clicking on the appropriate links
  3. Activate Office 365 ProPlus with your @education.nsw.gov.au credentials

More instructions available from Microsoft.

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Multimedia

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Office 365 ProPlus download instructions

Mathematics

Curve sketching & geometry

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Music

Composition

Audio manipulation

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TAS

Animation & modelling

CAD/CAM

Software development/programming

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