Technology in Learning (BYOD)
The Melbourne Girls’ College Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program supports our commitment to contemporary educational practice.
At all levels, our programs encourage students to be responsible, creative and engaged digital citizens.
Our technical support staff assist students with hardware, software and network related issues, and are also available to offer IT guidance to parents and carers.
The Department of Education provides network access as well as software such as Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Suite. Our BYOD environment provides students with access to resources which support collaborative and independent learning.
Parent laptop purchase portal is available here: https://mgc.orderportal.com.au/
- Students will have access to a greater array of free software through the Edustar image – this enables a teacher to confidently arrange a lesson knowing students will have the required program.
- Downtime due to damage and repairs will be significantly reduced.
- Staff will know what students have on their devices, minimising confusion and preparation at the start of a lesson.
- Pen-enabled devices allow for a whole new level of interactivity.
The College provides technical support onsite to troubleshoot problems for students. If there is a fault with a student laptop purchased, our technicians will log a warranty claim and technicians will come to MGC and will fix within two business days after a claim is processed.
Will there be a warranty and what happens with insurance?
Most laptops come with a one year limited warranty. This can be extended to three years by purchasing an extended warranty. The Department of Education has no insurance to cover student laptops for loss, theft or non-warranty repairs.
Parents are advised to check home insurance policies and consider covering the laptop for accidental damage and loss. Insurance can be purchased. The College accepts no responsibility for damage or loss and cannot enforce payment from another family if a laptop is accidentally damaged by another student.
A laptop is expected to function effectively for between three to five years, depending on individual use and the extent to which it is looked after. Students should therefore be able to use their laptop from Year 7 to Senior School.
Finally, MGC Computer Services are happy to provide advice but only take questions via email. Please contact the MGC IT at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding IT @ MGC.