Technology @ TIGS
At the Illawarra Grammar School we believe there is no substitute for sound teaching and learning practices.
We also recognise the importance, and indeed, the pervasion of technology in our everyday lives.
As we prepare students for life in the 21st century we must equip them with the skills to utilise technology responsibly and empower them for lifelong learning.
To do this effectively, we have adopted a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy for students in Years 7 to 12.
We believe that placing the technology of choice into the hands of our students
- Provides opportunity for individualised learning,
- Increases independence, and
- Promotes self initiated learning within and beyond the classroom
This BYOD policy allows students to use the device with which they are most comfortable and with which learning will be most effective. Recognising the importance of choice, we are not recommending specific brands and models of devices. Instead, we are specifying the minimum requirements to which each device should conform. Please see the tabs above for these specifications and for further information.
Our current ICT Policy assists the school, the staff, our students and their parents to safely and positively access technology for the purpose of enhancing learning. We also seek to equip our students in using technology in their lives outside of school.
If you have concerns, questions or suggestions, please use the support tab above.
RequirementsWhen researching and purchasing an appropriate device for use at school, there is a great amount of choice available. The following tips are provided to assist parents and students choose a device suitable for use at TIGS;
- The device will be carried to school and moved between classes throughout the day so look for something that is portable, consider the size and weight of your device. Devices with a 13-inch screen are recommended because they are a good balance between portability and ease of use.
- The device will be used in several classes during the day and students may not always be able to plug in a charger so battery life is critical. Look for 8 hours or more when choosing a new device and learn good computer habits like reducing the screen brightness and closing unused applications to get as much battery life as possible.
- Mac or PC? Both are supported at TIGS so use whichever is more suitable for you. Schoolwork is often completed online and most major software is supported on both platforms so you have the flexibility to choose.
- Hardware specifications can vary a lot depending on brands and price ranges so our recommended hardware requirements are below for you to compare. Most modern devices will meet or exceed these but pay particular attention to Memory/RAM and Hard Drive/HDD/SSD capacity. More is better but aim for 8GB of Memory and a minimum 128GB SSD for school use.
Operating System: Windows (Minimum: 7 / Recommended: 10), Mac (Minimum: OS X 10.10 / Recommended: OS X 10.13)
Processor: Minimum: Dual Core / Recommended: Quad Core or higer for new purchases
Memory (RAM): Minimum: 4GB / Recommended: 8GB or higher for new purchases
Hard Drive: Minimum: 80GB / Recommended: 160GB or higher (30GB of free space after software installation)
Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768 or higher
Wireless Connectivity: Minimum: 802.11 N or AC / Recommended: 802.11 AC for new purchases
Audio / Video: Headphone & Microphone ports / Integrated webcam recommended.
Keyboard: Full QWERTY keyboard suited for touch typing.
Battery: For new purchases the more battery life the better. Consider a 6-cell (or higher) battery / Extra charged battery desirable but optional.
Power Adapter: Students are required to be equipped with a power adapter which meets safety standards at all time should recharging be required / A secondary power adapter to be left at school is desirable but optional.
Warranty: For new devices, purchase a complete care warranty that includes cover for accidental damage.
Location at Home: While not really a device requirement, we recommend that students use their device in a public area within the home, such as a living room or family room, where usage hours and work can be easily supervised.
The following is a list of required software and the associated download links (if available):
Device Access: User must have full administrative access to the device
Internet Browser: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
Internet Browser Plugins: Adobe Flash, Java, Microsoft Silverlight
PDF Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader
Desktop Publishing Suite: We are pleased to announce that TIGS can now provide all students with a free copy of Microsoft Office for PC or Mac. Click here to download.
Audio/Video Player: VLC Media Player
Antivirus Software: Up-to-date Antivirus software is a must have to keep your own and others files safe. Free Antivirus software is available for both Windows and Apple Mac computers.
Free Windows Antivirus Software: Microsoft Security Essentials
Free Mac Antivirus Software: Sophos for Mac Home Edition
FAQFrequently Asked Questions
Please read these frequently asked questions for important information regarding mobile devices at TIGS.