1:World Surface Pro Bundles and Pricing

 

All students in Years 6-12 are required to have their own Microsoft Surface Pro as part of the School’s 1:1 BYOD Program

 

How to order

The School’s ordering portal for 2017 delivery of the Microsoft Surface Pro is now closed. To place an individual order, please contact Michael Arbery at our preferred supplier, Datacom, at michael.arbery@datacom.com.au or on 08 7221 7986.

While it is not compulsory to purchase through our supplier, there are advantages in doing so. If the Surface Pro 4 is purchased through the School’s portal, pricing is very competitive, and you can get access to Microsoft’s Accidental Damage Handling program (ADH) which is not available to retail customers. School IT Services can also facilitate the repair in the case of hardware failure or accidental damage.

Please read the bundles carefully as there are four Surface Pro 4 options, which include a number of compulsory items, as well as a number of options.

All the accessories listed on page 2 are optional, however, it is recommended that either the “Surface Pro 4, 3 Year Extended Hardware Service” or the “Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Extended Hardware Service with ADH (Accidental Damage Insurance)” are purchased.

The Microsoft Extended Hardware Service with ADH enables the Surface Pro 4 to have 2 screeen repairs conducted under Microsoft’s Accidental Damage Handling program. Each screen repair is approximately $800 retail.

Please read the following important information carefully:

  1. The Extended Hardware Service is no longer mandatory as per the ACCC guidelines on extended warranties. However, if you choose not to take out the Extended Hardware Service, warrantable repairs will need to be done directly with Microsoft after the 1 year statutory warranty.
  2. If the Extended Hardware Service with ADH (accidental damage cover) is not taken up, it is imperative that parents investigate their own Home & Contents insurance to ensure that the device is covered for accidental damage while at school.
  3. The CoreM model of the Surface Pro 4 (Option 1) is more power efficient and has a longer battery life, the trade off is that it is less powerful. So applications such as Photoshop will still work, they will just be slower. The Surface Pro 4 CoreM unit will be adequate for school use, but it will not play games or 3D graphics very well.
  4. Students who specialise in graphic design and Autocad/Inventor should go with Option 2 or above for the Surface Pro 4.

If you have any questions, please email Dustin Fisher, Infrastructure Manager, at dfisher@stjohns.sa.edu.au.

Chosen Device – Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is our choice of device for the following reasons:

  • It is light and portable
  • It is a single device which meets all the needs of a student
  • It has easy input from keyboard, stylus, camera (front and back) and voice
  • The stylus is refined and pen-like
  • It interfaces with emerging phone technologies
  • It allows for the differing benefits offered by both slates and PCs

This type of device has far more pedagogical potential than a Smartphone, an Apps-only Slate, or a laptop, allowing us to provide richer learning experiences for our students. Windows Slate PCs allow for the creation of new tasks that were previously inconceivable and provide our students with the full range of resources they require to access and meet the School’s curriculum.

Windows Slate PCs support the development of our School-wide SOARING pedagogy as they assist in:

  • Moving from individual to more collaborative work
  • Moving from textbook exercises to real world exercises
  • Allowing multimedia presentations
  • Increasing interaction in web resources
  • Developing diagnostic assessment

The School’s IT Services are unable to support any non-Surface Pro devices, nor other platforms such as Macintosh, due to the requirements for imaging and software. More importantly for our students, not all learning experiences will be able to be accessed by a standard laptop.

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