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BYOd Information for parents

Internet access for students at school
Students have a 2GB internet access allocated to them each month by Education Queensland (EQ).  Their internet usage is tracked by EQ and when students exceed the 2GB limit their internet access is automatically stopped till the end of that month. As soon as the department informs us of internet access being blocked for a student, we provide advice to Care Class teachers so they can  advise students of the loss of internet access.  Each new month provides a new 2GB of internet access to each student.
Some students have been using their BYOd at school on non-school activities and have exceeded their data allocation limit.  This then affects their ability to complete internet based class activities.  In some cases, devices will conduct automatic updates.  If your student exceeds the data allocation and knows that they have only used the school network for school work, we will advise them to see our IT Technician, Mr Hodge in the library who can then help to ascertain the problem and recommend some solutions. 
While teachers do provide advice cautioning students to use their school data for school work and to see school IT Technicians for advice, we believe additional reminders from home might help students to ensure they have enough data to complete their learning tasks at school.
Select from one of the below for further information regarding the James Nash SHS BYOd program.

​JNSHS BYOd Short Term Loan Agreement (PDF 214KB)



BYOx Student Charter


Help files for using your BYOd at JNSHS

Parent Information


JNSHS BYOd Community Information Sessions

Tuesday February 24; 6pm-7pm 

Thursday March 5, 4.30pm-5.30pm (repeat of previous session)

BYOd Community Information Session




Saturday May 2, 1pm-4pm

BYOd community events


Device​ Specification


BYOd Device Specification Update for Year 10, 11 & 12 students in 2018
Following further collaboration with our local laptop suppliers, we have revised the recommended device minimum specifications for laptops purchased for JNSHS BYOd in 2018.
While some might consider the specifications to be high for the requirements of Year 10 learning, these specifications are intended to inform the purchase of a device that will continue to meet learning requirements throughout Years 10, 11 and 12.
Please note this is an updated set of information for future purchases.  There is no expectation that students who already have laptops that work on our network buy a new device that matches the revised specification.
What device should students use?
Mobile computing device use at JNSHS is governed by the learning experiences teachers deliver. With this in mind, we have determined that many computing devices may meet the learning needs of students at this school. We do not recommend one specific device, however do provide our best advice as a set of device minimum specifications.
We recommend that Apple Mac devices are not purchased for JNSHS BYOd. These devices have proven to be problematic on the Education Queensland network as Apple updates have made devices incompatible with our network for uncertain durations of time. During 2016 and 2017 some students with Apple Mac devices have had their opportunity to learn limited by the complications caused by these devices.
Device minimum specifications for students in general studies:
Device Type: Laptop
Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 10 * Not Windows 10 S <- pending further info
Processor: Intel Pentium Quad Core
Memory (RAM): 4GB Memory
11.6" - 14"screen
Keyboard and mouse
Storage: SSD 120GB
Battery: 6 hour life
Warranty/Insurance: Consider a three year period
Hard case is strongly recommended to protect device
Device minimum specifications for students in multimedia or graphic studies:
Device Type: Laptop
Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 10 * Not Windows 10 S <- pending further info
Processor: Intel Core i7
Memory (RAM): 8GB Memory
Dedicated Graphics
11.6" - 15"screen
Keyboard and mouse
Storage: SSD 256GB
Battery: 6 hour life
Warranty/Insurance: Consider a three year period
Hard case is strongly recommended to protect device


Frequently asked questions


Device use in each faculty

Each Head of Department has identified the ways the BYOd will be used in each associated subject and unit of study.  Students and parents can use this information to help inform them of the extent to which a computing device will be required for learning in grades 10, 11 and 12 at JNSHS. 


There is a lot of information listed for your perusal.  Use CTRL-F (hold Control and press the letter F) to activate the find function.  Type the name of the subject into the search bar to assist in more efficient location of the specific information you need.


Devices listed as Standard will be sufficient for subjects that predominantly use Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint and online sources.   Students intending to undertake Art, Graphics and Digital Technologies subjects should consult the 2016 Subject Selection Handbooks for further information regarding whether to use a Standard or Premium device.

Year 10 in 2018 (PDF 154KB)

Year 11 in 2018 (PDF 173KB)

Year 12 in 2018 (PDF 198KB)


Purchase Portals

Datacom(supplies Dell devices)
username : state
password: state

The school advises that parents using the Datacom link that they should not purchase iPads, Macbooks or Chromebooks. iPads are not sufficient for much of the work undertaken in Senior subjects, Macbooks don't well work on EQ networks and Chromebooks won't work on the EQ network at all.

The Windows based devices provided by Datacom either meet or exceed the JNSHS minimum specifications.



School/EQ supplied software



Students have to opportunity of installing antivirus software for student at reduced cost from Symantec​. We advise families to wait until the purchase of their BYO device before accepting and installing this software.

Adobe Creative Cloud is available for JNSHS BYOd students.

This product is not available as a web based download as not all schools have paid for this resource for their students. 

Students who would like the Adobe Creative Cloud for their laptop should see the school's technicians (Tech Room in Student Services precinct) for the software installation package and product authorisation process.



School Contacts

Program Information
Karen Swift
Head of Department – ​Information Technology

Device questions
Ryan Hodge
Mobile Device Technician