Bring Your Own Device

The integration of digital technology has a transformative effect on learning both in the classroom and outside. As part of the strategic plan, all Gulliver students in grades 5-12 are required to provide their own computer for use at school. Ensuring your son or daughter has an appropriate device is very important and you should take into consideration the following factors: battery life, weight, processing speed (processor plus RAM), possible software requirements, and price. In an effort to help guide your decision as to which device is best suited for your child, we have listed our recommendations for appropriate devices.




Minimum Recommended Specifications – PC / MacBook

Below is a list of specifications that should be considered when deciding what laptop, or MacBook to purchase. You can take these specifications to your local computer store and they’ll be able to guide you.

Below is a list of specifications that should be considered when deciding what laptop, or MacBook to purchase. You can take these specifications to your local computer store and they’ll be able to guide you.

  • Processor: Intel i7 Dual Core or Intel i5 or AMD Athlon 64 bit
  • RAM: Minimum 8GB
  • Wifi: 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Screen: 11″ or bigger
  • Battery: Recommended Minimum of 5 hours
  • Antivirus: Required
  • Operating Systems: Windows 10 or higher / OS X 10.9 (or better)
    • Note: iPads do not meet these requirements and are not suitable devices
  • Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended minimum size 500GB
  • Video card: 32-bit video card
  • Keyboard: Full size and physical, not on-screen
  • Browser: Chrome - downloaded and installed)

Laptops and MacBooks are preferred at the Preparatory and Miller Drive Campuses as they support all software that may be required at all levels.

Minimum Recommended Specifications- Chromebook

In addition, Chromebooks are an option for Academy and Montgomery students in 5th through 8th grade unless the student is enrolled in a signature program.

Minimum Recommended Specifications – Chromebook

Below is a list of specifications that should be considered when purchasing a Chromebook. You can take these specifications to your local computer store and they’ll be able to guide you.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: Minimum 8GB
  • Wifi: 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Battery: Recommended Minimum of 5 hours
  • Keyboard: Full size and physical, not on-screen



Signature Programs Device Requirements

Signature Programs: Architecture, Engineering, Multimedia Design, Journalism
  • Processor: Multicore Intel Processor
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Wifi: 5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Screen: 11″ or bigger
  • Battery: Recommended Minimum of 5 hours
  • Antivirus: Required
  • Operating Systems: OS X 10.9 (or better)
    • Note: iPads do not meet these requirements and are not suitable devices
  • Hard Drive: Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended minimum size 1TB
  • Video card: 2GB video card
  • Keyboard: Full size and physical, not on-screen
  • Browser: Chrome (Chrome must be downloaded and installed)



Student Device Care and Security

  • Be sure to read the Acceptable Use Policy contained within the Parent-Student Handbook.
  • Portable devices should be protected by a username and password. This should not be disclosed to other students.
  • Always store the laptops in a protective case. Do not store anything else inside the laptop case. (Chargers, papers)
  • Avoid storing your laptop at the bottom of your school bag – pressure from books can damage the screen and hinges.
  • Carry your laptop within its protective case inside your normal school bag. Do not overfill your school bag. (Pressure on the laptop can cause permanent damage to the screen and other components)
  • Never lift the laptop by the screen. This will stress the hinge mechanism, which also carries the data and power supply to the screen.
  • Never leave your laptop in unsupervised areas during the school day.

The security of a student-owned device is the responsibility of the student. Where possible, laptops should be labeled or personalized with the student’s name.

Warranty

Most machines come with a 1-year warranty and a 3-year optional warranty. The majority of laptop warranties cover hardware problems that were not caused by the owner, such as defective keyboards, monitor problems or other issues with internal components. The laptop warranty generally covers the parts and labor for repairs. A warranty will not cover damage inflicted by the owner or someone else.

Virus and Malware Protection

Ensure that the virus and malware protection on applicable portable devices is kept up to date.

Saving and Backup

Students have access to Google Drive via their school account with unlimited storage for the duration of their enrollment at Gulliver. Students are responsible for any data backups not saved to Google Drive.

Parental Controls

Please note that these controls may hinder device support and WIFI connectivity