Junior School Devices

At Pedare, we believe that technology has the power to engage students in their learning; to empower them to find new ways of thinking and express their creativity. The use of technology is transforming the way we teach and learn. It is intuitive, yet has powerful, creative tools, interactive textbooks and a universe of educational applications and content which result in limitless learning possibilities.

Why do we use devices?

Research shows that students who have their own electronic devices engage more deeply in their learning, become more active creators in the learning process, take greater pride and ownership over the knowledge they subsequently create, and are able to participate in more flexible forms of learning. Student thinking, participation and interaction are much more accountable in the digitally-equipped classroom. Each student develops the knowledge, skills, practices and attitudes necessary to be a successful digital citizen.


At Pedare Junior School iPads are the primary device used to enrich learning outcomes. Devices are used to support personalised learning, foster learning autonomy, assist research and organisation, and enhance online collaboration and home-to-school connectedness.

Reception to Year 2

  • College-owned shared iPads

The College has PODS of iPads accessible for classes as the class teachers require. These iPads remain at the Junior School.

Years 3 to Year 5

  • Student (BYOD) 1:1 iPads

Students will be part of the BYOD Program. BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device”. Students will need to start the year with their own device.

Recommended iPad specifications

  • iPad 10.2 inch
  • 32/64GB Storage
  • Wifi – Cellular not required
  • Protective Case and Screen Protector
  • Bluetooth or cabled keyboard

iPad’s can be purchased through Apple’s online store or an authorised Apple retailer.

Middle School Devices

Following a review of the Middle School’s required devices by the College ICT Strategic Committee, a single device has been chosen for the Middle School. The device is the Chromebook an education-specific device and one we believe best suits the learners in the Middle School.

The Chromebook Enables

  • Teachers in the Middle School need a device that enables the students to learn and provides opportunities for creativity and collaboration.
  • Device specific for Middle School students
  • Reduce Distractions – Not a gaming device
  • College Managed device, supporting students & teachers
  • Durable devices – can be used through to Senior School (depending on subject choice)
  • Very high resistance to Virus / Malware
  • Long life Battery
  • Work stored in cloud, no more lost work, or unable to continue work as devices are interchangeable

2021 Middle School Device Specifications

Chromebook Minimum Specifications:

  • 4 Gb RAM
  • 32 Gb Hard Drive
  • 13.3-inch minimum screen size
  • Inbuilt camera

All BYO Chromebooks to be used at the College require a Chrome Education Upgrade to enable the device to be managed during school hours.

For those who elect to purchase through Learning with Technologies the Chrome Education Upgrade is bundled into the total cost and is itemised on the invoice.

If purchasing a Chromebook from a retail outlet, a once-off fee of $44 for the Chrome Education Upgrade will be charged by the College.

To purchase from our supplier, Learning with Technologies, click on the link below. Detailed specifications are provided for both laptops.


Senior School Devices

Our students are digital natives, they have grown up with technology and access to extraordinary amounts of information. At Pedare we believe our devices program is central in allowing students to learn the necessary skills of being effective and responsible communicators as well as utilising technology as a tool enabling them to consolidate and extend their learning.

If students are considering studying technology-based subjects in Senior School, they may require their bring your own device (BYOD) device to have specific hardware capabilities based on software needs.

For students selecting non-technology based subjects, a student can continue using their Chromebook or a minimum of

  • Apple MacBook Air 13” or equivalent PC
  • 128GB flash storage, 1.6 GHz dual-core
  • Intel processor, minimum 4GB memory

The following subjects require increased minimum specifications

  • Furniture Construction
  • Digital Technologies
  • Product Design
  • Music
  • Media Art

Operating System
Apple macOS Catalina v 10.15 as a minimum or Windows 10 (64-bit only)

  • CPU Type – 64-bit processor
  • Core i5 or equivalent, 3.0 GHz or greater
  • Memory – 8 GB Ram
  • Graphics Card – 512MB GDDR RAM or more
  • Disk Space – 256 GB SSD – Note some computers come with 2 hard drives for storage, these are acceptable as long as one is a SSD.

Devices can be purchased from any computer retailer. If you prefer to buy a Mac device families can purchase a Mac or accessories through Apple’s online store or an authorised Apple retailer.

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