BYOD hardware and software requirements



  • iPad and iPad mini. Windows and Android tablets 7” and above
  • Netbooks and Chromebooks
  • Laptops (Windows or Mac)

Not acceptable

  • 6” screens and less i.e. smartphones, iPod
  • PSP or other gaming devices
  • Kindle

Required software

Approved operating systems

  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
  • OSX 10.6 or later (Apple)
  • Android Jelly Bean (4.1) or later – all versions (Android tablets)
  • iOS 7 or later (iPad)


  • Web browser
    • Google Chrome is the default and supported browser at school. It is a free download and should be installed. However, keep the browser that came with your device as a back up.
    • From 2017 the school is moving toward the use of Google products which work in a web browser and are free.
    • DO NOT purchase Microsoft Office or subscribe to Microsoft 365. However, keep any productivity software that came with your device.
  • Antivirus (either free such as AVG, Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials etc. or purchased e.g. Norton, McAfee.)

VCE Visual Communication and Design

Students are provided with a licenced copy of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to use while they are students at this school, but require a suitable laptop computer with 5GB RAM, i5 processor chip and 20GB free space. A large screen is recommended.

Important notes

  • WiFi Internet access provided at school
  • All laptops should be capable of eight hours use after a full charge
  • Consider insuring against theft and damage
  • DEECD does not hold insurance for personal property brought to school and has no capacity to pay for such a loss
  • Rochester Secondary College accepts no responsibility for damage, loss or repair of these devices
  • If you are unsure if the device you are considering meets the guidelines, please ask for advice before purchasing


The device is primarily for your school work, so in deciding which is best for you consider

  • How you will use your computer. If it will be used mainly as a content access device (i.e. surfing the Internet and typing up short notes) a tablet computer or netbook may be suitable. If you think you will be using it as a content creation device (making movies, graphic design with Adobe suite products) then a computer with more processing power and a larger screen would be more suitable.
  • How much your family can afford.

What you choose will possibly be a compromise between the two above factors.

You own the device, so you can also use it for games, listening to music and watching movies at home.

Students studying VCE Visual Communication and Design are provided with a licenced copy of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to use while they are students at the school, but will need a suitable laptop computer to run it.

In the table below, there is some information that may assist you to choose a device suitable for your needs. If you need more information, please contact Mr Borger or Mr Brown at school on 5484 1844.

Type of device Tablet Netbook Mid price laptop Top end laptop
Example e.g. iPad e.g. 11” Acer Aspire netbook e.g. 13-15” Windows laptop e.g. MacBook Pro, MacBook Air
Pros Long battery life, lots of specialist apps, good for Internet browsing and basic word processing, no moving parts, light. Some Android devices are cheap. Light and portable with a full sized keyboard. Good value for money. Larger screen. Suitable to be used for multimedia creation.  Suitable to run Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Quality construction, long battery life, fewer concerns with virus’, used for high end multimedia and graphic design.  Suitable to run Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Cons On screen keyboard. Small screen size. Bigger and heavier than a netbook. Most expensive.