BYOD - Bring your own Device

PurposeWe unleash the potential of passionate and creative problem solvers, ready to contribute to a better world. By empowering our students to bring their own technology into the classroom they will collaborate, communicate and be creatively using instructional technology that best suits their own situation and learning needs. WIC’s BYOD strategy will prepare them better for the future as we challenge, support and inspire them to do great things.

We understand how technology is changing the world daily, and in an effort to increase access to those skills, West Island College will require that all Senior High School students bring their own personal devices to the school.

Students bringing their own devices will enable increased ease of access for research, and the development of critical thinking skills which will be required to succeed in a global marketplace.

School Requirements

Senior High School Junior High School

Senior High School students will be expected to bring their devices to school every day and use their technology resources to support their learning.

Junior High School students are not yet required to bring their own devices to school every day, however, is it recommended.

Students that do bring their own devices will be responsible for maintaining their own device, charging, and virus protection. If students are unable to bring their own device, they may sign out a computer from the College on a short-term basis.

An important component of BYOD will be the education of students around appropriate online behaviors.  We will review cyber-safety rules with students frequently throughout the course of the school year and will offer reminders and reinforcement about safe online behaviors.  In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school rules while using personal devices.  The use of technology is not a necessity but a privilege and a distinct advantage when it is used effectively.  When abused, privileges will be questioned and sanctions will be administered. Students will not only learn technology skills but will develop the self-regulation skills required to be successful.

Our PlatformTo facilitate our BYOD program we have invested significantly in our Campus Connect solution. Campus Connect allows you to access all online resources from a single portal. From Campus Connect you may access Office 365, Desire2Learn, MyBlueprint, PowerSchool and more!

Parents also have their own access to Campus Connect, if you are a parent and do not know your Campus Connect login, please email and we can help you.

For any student requiring access to a Windows desktop, we have our Remote Desktop solution in Campus Connect. It will allow a student to access a windows desktop hosted on our local servers.

Office 365Each student has their own free copy of Microsoft Office for Mac or Windows, we recommend installing the Microsoft Office on each student’s device.

Students connected to the “West Island College” Wi-Fi are also able to print directly to the student printers and use their print code to release their print jobs.

Students can work in the Microsoft Office suite, and upload their files to their OneDrive. This provides a cloud storage solution so that student work cannot be misplaced or lost.

BYOD DevicesMicrosoft Surface Devices

Any of the Surface Pro generation 3 or later will meet school needs.

The school currently uses 50 Microsoft Surface 4 Pro devices daily.

If you wish to purchase a Microsoft Surface, below is what’s recommended.

  • Any current Surface Pro, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Pro 3 is supported. Surface Typecover(Keyboard) is a must.
  • Any Surface Book
  • Minimum Specs: 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Core i3
  • Recommended Specs: 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Core i5

Customers to the Chinook Mall Microsoft Store can mention they are from West Island College and receive a discount.

Apple Macbook Devices

If you currently have a Mac that you wish to bring to school it will need to be running Mac OS Sierra (10.12) as a minimum and 8 GB of ram is recommended.

If you wish to purchase an Apple Macbook, below is what’s recommended.

  • Any current MacBook, 128GB SSD will work – 256GB is recommended.
  • Any current MacBook Pro 15”, 128GB SSD will work – 256GB is recommended

WIC currently uses 100 Apple MacBook devices daily.

Standard Laptop

Have an old laptop that works great still? Please see the Minimum Specifications list below to ensure the device meets requirements.

Minimum Specifications

Wi-Fi Connectivity The student’s personal device should be capable of 5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. This means that the device should have 802.11 a/b/g/n or ac as the Wi-Fi standard. Also, be aware that if your student’s device is equipped with wireless standard 802.11 b/g/n, then it’s unlikely to be 5 GHz compatible.
Screen Size The student’s primary device must be larger than 10” diagonally.
Keyboard It is required that the student be able to type essay length text into their device without hinderance. The device must have a physical keyboard.
Operating System We require that all student’s primary devices utilize a standard operating system such as Windows 7 or later, or Mac OSX Yosemite or later. Android, Linux or command line operating systems are not acceptable operating systems for a student’s primary device.
Battery Life The device must be able to hold a charge for at least 5 hours without needing to recharge.
CPU, RAM, HDD The device must have at least two cores over 1GHz. Minimum 4GB of RAM. 120GB of storage on a Solid State Drive. 
Security A password must be set to login to the computer.


Secondary Devices


These types of devices are also great tools for learning, but will not meet the requirements of the Primary Device a student will use to learn at WIC.

iPad Devices

Tablet Devices

iPad Devices