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Many 2 One 2019: Recommended Devices and Purchasing Portals

At St Stephen’s School we grow people and we see teaching and learning as an opportunity to engage with each other in exciting new learning experiences. Our use of technology is paramount in supporting these engaging learning relationships.

The “Bring your own mobile technologies” Many2One program has been in place for the past seven years at St Stephen’s School and runs from Years 5 through to 12. We provide university level wireless infrastructure that caters for 9000+ mobile device connections.

When buying a device for your child please note the following:

  • The Many2One “Bring your own mobile technologies” program runs from Years 5 to 12. Year 5 is considered a “phasing in” year where a personal mobile device is recommended. The majority of Year 5 students acquire their own device during Semester 1 and it is expected that all students will have their own device by Semester 2. All Years 6 to 12 students are expected to bring their own mobile device to school from the commencement of the year.
  • We are a Bring Your Own Device School.  By the time students are in Years 7 to 12 and start looking at a replacement, many students transfer to a laptop or notebook device such as a MacBook Air, Windows flip style notebook or a Windows notebook/tablet hybrid. Decisions are often shaped by the subjects they are studying and the type of device they might use beyond school. A suitable, portable device is part of the learning landscape.
  • The life of a device is approximately 3 years before students want to upgrade to a newer model that can handle the increased demands of new features and operating system resource requirements. We would recommend that you purchase your child’s device just before it is needed so it will give you more time before an upgrade is necessary.
  • In our “Bring your own browser” environment where the majority of applications and software tools are internet based, devices now come equipped with most of required software. The class teacher will recommend any applications that need to be purchased specifically. All students are given a Microsoft Office 365 subscription which includes the Office Suite for up to 5 devices (Windows, Mac, iPad), Office online and 1024 GB of cloud storage.
  • The most important accessory you need to buy is a solid protective case and/or bag to ensure your child’s device survives the rigors of the school environment.
  • In order to assist you with purchasing devices, Winthrop Australia have created St Stephen’s School Device Portals where you can order our recommended devices and accessories online.  Please note that we have reviewed all these devices and provide them as a recommendation only. We have based our recommendations on educational suitability, quality, warranty and value for money. All ordering and after sales service is independent of St Stephen’s School.

Device Minimum Specifications Years 5 and 6

Apple iPad

Minimum Specifications:

Type: iPad 9.7″ or greater
Model: Wi-Fi
Capacity: 32GB
Case/Protection: Hard Case

Considerations: AppleCare+ (2 years of tech support and accidental damage coverage)

https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/st-stephens-ipad

Device Minimum Specifications Years 7 to 12

Apple MacBook and Windows Notebook Devices.

Minimum Specifications:

Form Factor: Notebook
Screen Size: 11.6″ to 15.6″
Processor: Intel i5 processor
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 256 GB solid state hard drive
Battery Life: 6 hours of continuous use
Case/Protection: Hard Case

Considerations: Warranty, cover for accidental loss and damage insurance

https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/st-stephens-secondary

iPad Cases that Offer a High Level of Protection

Many iPad cases on the market now provide a reasonable level of protection while maintaining the  benefits and functionality of the slim design and light weight benefits of a tablet device.

There are also numerous cases that provide little or no protection but look great and only last a month or two.

Within a school environment most student owned iPads will take a battering and occasionally get dropped or have excess pressure applied.

I just wanted to share three reasonably priced brands of iPad cases that perform well within a school environment for children who are likely to experience rough use of their device.

Gumdrop cases, Griffin cases  and  Hardcandy cases.

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Recommended Device Many2One 2014

Recommended Device..

For students in years 5 to 10 2014 we are continuing to recommend the iPad generation 2, 3, 4 or 5 (iPad Air) 32 GB Wifi only model as the preferred choice of device.

We would like to acknowledge that the iPad Mini is also an attractive option and a suitable choice.

80 to 90% of our students who already part of the Many2One program predominantly use an iPad. The rest have chosen to mainly rely on an Apple laptop,  MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Bring your own Browser…

We are rapidly moving to online, web based, learning management systems and tools.

This allows for  a more flexible device model and hence our students in years 6 to 12 in 2014  are permitted to bring to class a variety of mobile technologies.

These include Apple, Android or Windows based tablets, laptops or smartphones.

Many2One means many devices and many brands or types of technology for each person. We are working towards an open environment where our community can ultimately choose any appropriate mobile learning technology.