Laptops and Technologies
We encourage you to consider purchasing an Apple MacBook for your child’s secondary education. The College has negotiated with JB Hi-Fi Education and Winthrop Australia, to provide MacBooks at a discounted price. Students are required to bring their MacBook to school each day to use in classes as directed by their teachers.
Parents can order and pay online via the Winthrop Australia Portal or JB Hi-Fi Education Portal. You may choose to purchase a MacBook from another company, but it must be an Apple MacBook Air, MacBook or MacBook Pro. These are the only devices currently supported by Butler College. For more information, please read the FAQs below, contact Helen Macri (Associate Principal), Mark Lehmann (Digital Communications Coordinator) or Brian Lowry (Manager ICT Services) on 9561 4200, or please see the College's IT Information letter . The images below link to the appropriate portal:
Why Apple MacBook? The decision to have Apple as the platform for the school occurred after considerable consultation with educators from the College, local universities, international education specialists and platform providers. Apple MacBooks were considered the best choice for the Butler College BYOD program. Strengths of the MacBook include a rich library of free software, long battery life, superior build quality and durability, and a more than sufficient level of performance for educational usage.
The educational benefits outweigh other platforms; focussing on just one platform allows better management of issues, therefore providing students with a more confident experience. Students with special needs have a richer experience as the 'Accessibility' controls allow many options for them, as well as 'Parental Controls' allowing for parents to have control options for these devices. Further to this, the College works with local primary schools to assist in the implementation of iPad focused technology programs which promotes a smooth transition from iPad usage in primary school to MacBook usage in High School.
Is a MacBook mandatory for my child to attend Butler College? No, but it is highly recommended.
Will you price match any price we can find from another retailer? No. We have no control over the pricing available through our portals, and cannot influence this in any way. We encourage you to find the best deal you can!
I have purchased a MacBook through the JB Hi-Fi Education portal, what next? JB Hi-Fi will contact you when your MacBook is ready to be collected from your nominated store. See below for details on getting the MacBook configured for use at Butler College.
I have purchased a MacBook through the Winthrop Education portal, what next? Your MacBook will be delivered to Butler College by Winthrop Australia. We have no visibility to the tracking of your MacBook prior to delivery. Once we have taken delivery of your MacBook, the IT department will configure the MacBook and contact you when it is ready for pickup (approximately 1-2 business days). Note: if you do not want us to configure the MacBook, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have purchased a MacBook outside of the available portals, what next? See below for details on getting the MacBook configured for use at Butler College.
- Prior to 13 December 2019 - bring the MacBook to Butler College administration during school hours (8:00am – 4:00pm). The IT department will configure the MacBook and contact you when it is ready for pickup (approximately 1-2 business days).
- From 6 January to 24 January 2020 – between 9am and 12pm on Mondays, the IT department will be accepting MacBooks for configuration. We will open the gate to the school near the PAC entrance (off Bradman Drive) and have signs leading to the IT Department. The IT department will configure the MacBook and contact you when it is ready for pickup (approximately 1-2 business days).
- From 3 February 2020 onwards – send your child to school with their MacBook and get them to come to the IT Department. We will configure the MacBook, and get your child to return to the IT department at the end of the school day. We are extremely busy during this period, so a longer time may be required. MacBooks are configured on a first come first serve basis (approximately 1-4 business days).
Can my child use a tablet or a Windows laptop? No, Apple MacBooks are the only 1:1 device supported at Butler College.
If I purchase a MacBook from a JB Hi-Fi store, am I still eligible for onsite warranty and insurance? No, this is only available when purchasing through the JB Hi-Fi education portal under the Butler College BYOD program. If you purchase a MacBook directly from a JB Hi-Fi store, your warranty agreement will exist between yourself and JB Hi-Fi.
Which portal should I purchase my child’s MacBook through? This is completely up to you. Each portal has different prices, finance and delivery options. You should select the one which suits your needs best. The MacBooks will be identical and the optional products will be very similar, if not identical.
Do I need to purchase any additional software for my child’s MacBook? No. As a school we endeavour to use only free software combined with the free Microsoft Office licence provided by the WA Department of Education for the duration of your child’s education.
Which MacBook Air option should I buy? Whichever best fits your budget. The previous generation MacBook Air with 128GB of storage is more than capable for all secondary school education needs.
What is the difference between the MacBook Air models? Aside from the size, shape and colour differences, the latest model MacBook Air has a higher quality display and more modern hardware than the previous generation. The latest model MacBook Air comes in two options, 128GB and 256GB of storage – this is how much space is available to store files (photos, documents, music files, games, etc) on the MacBook. The previous generation MacBook hardware is capable enough for all educational needs, and only comes with a single storage option of 128GB.
What is the difference between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro? Aside from the size, shape and colour differences, the MacBook Pro has a higher quality display, and more powerful hardware. The MacBook Pro is aimed at professionals, whereas the MacBook Air is aimed at every day users.
Should we get a protective cover, what about a carry case? The hard protective cover such as the STM Dux provides protection when your child is using the MacBook and accidentally drops it, knocks it off a table or other similar accidents. The carry case provides padding and protection for the MacBook when your child is transporting the MacBook (usually in their school bag). We have seen MacBook’s badly damaged in either situation which may have been avoided or reduced if the MacBook was in the appropriate case at the time. We highly recommend purchasing and (most importantly) using a protective cover in conjunction with a padded carry case.
What about backups? We recommend that your child keeps a backup of their schoolwork. We recommend using either OneDrive, iCloud, or Time Machine to a portable hard drive (which is kept at safely at home). The Butler College IT department can help your child to configure backups.
Do we need a portable hard drive (HDD)? You do not need a portable hard drive; but we recommend having one available to back up your child’s data. In addition, if your child decides to take a subject such as Digital Media or Photography, they can use the storage space to store large media files that they work on in these subjects.
AppleCare+ AppleCare+ offers an additional 1 year of warranty and limited coverage for accidental damage, as well as access to Apple phone support. We recommend that you have some form of accidental damage cover – either MacBook specific insurance, coverage via your Home/Contents insurance, or AppleCare+. Which one of these is best for you depends on your personal circumstances.
Can we purchase a second-hand MacBook? Yes. However, we recommend that it be no more than 3 years old, so it lasts most of the school life of a student.
Do we have to purchase a MacBook through one of the portals? No. You can purchase a MacBook from wherever suits you, but you will not have access to our onsite warranty and insurance services.
Can my child use their iPad, PC Laptop or other non-MacBook device at the school? No.
Do we need to purchase insurance with our MacBook? No, however many students have had their MacBook repaired or replaced under the insurance policy due to accidental damage which can occur through regular and responsible use. Another option you may have is to insure the MacBook through your home contents insurance.
Is there any option to lease/rent/finance/purchase interest free? This is dependent on the individual portal you decide to purchase through. We typically advise parents to avoid leasing or renting MacBook’s as the value for money is low and the duration of the lease contract often does not match up with the duration your child will be at school. Interest free options are available through each portal, JB Hi-Fi currently offers 12 months interest free, and Winthrop offers 6 months interest free – both of which are subject to the usual finance checks.