Here are some steps to setup a device for use at Tenison Woods College.
Please take the time to read through this information, following the links to learn about the responsibility of owning and using a laptop and accessing the online world.
We hope you find these steps (and the many other articles found on the site) helpful and pick up some useful tips along the way!
- When you first start a brand new laptop, you can create a free Microsoft or Apple account. You will have an option to skip this step. It is important to understand that this is a personal account, separate from your school login. This enables functionality (Apple iCloud or Microsoft OneDrive), and access to their retrospective app stores.
- Remember your device login password. Write it down in a safe place if needed. Add a hint if prompted.
- If available, connect to your home wifi, answer some simple questions and you should be ready to go after a couple of minutes!
- Ensure your device shows the correct time and date, as incorrect date/time can prevent BYOD connecting to the school network. (link to article)
- Make sure your device is ready to use and connected to the internet before continuing with the setup steps below.
To install Microsoft Office from the Office 365 page, you will need your school email address & school login password. You may have these from student orientation days.
Essential Setup Steps
Highlighted in red are some of the vital steps for setting up your BYOD.
Important links to Bookmark/Add to Favourites
Another must have! Microsoft office is heavily utilised during lessons at Tenison Woods College. Microsoft Teams is also included as part of office, or may be installed separately.
Onedrive cloud storage
Store your files in the cloud. They autosave and are accessible from most internet connected devices.
Foldr is a great service that allows students BYOD access to personal and shared files located on the school file storage and OneDrive, without needing to log into a school computer or virtual desktop.
Foldr also provides students the ability to reset their school login password from their BYOD or any internet connected device such as a phone, if a personal recovery email address has been added (not school email address).
More information link
Transfer files between home and school (link to article)
Install the Foldr application on your device (link to article)
MACBOOK only -Fuse system extensions (link to article)
How to link Foldr to your school OneDrive (link to article)
How to reset your TWC password from your BYOD (link to article)
Linewize Internet filter certificate and app
Previously called Familyzone. A certificate must be installed on your laptop to use the school wifi internet.
Enable Self-Service Password Reset
This tool enables students to reset their school password without having to contact a teacher or the ICT Department.
How to connect to Tenison Woods College wifi network (link to article)
Antivirus for laptops
While antivirus could be listed as an essential item above, Windows 10 laptops include Windows Defender which has improved greatly in recent years.
Install antivirus on laptops (link to article)
Have a backup strategy
Save to your school OneDrive and you will have backups covered. Plan for your laptop to fail as accidents happen.
Printing at school-using 'Papercut'
Students can add and print to the school printers from their device when connected to the Tenison Woods College wifi network.
- Printing from Windows laptops (link to article)
- Printing from Macbooks (link to article)
- Printing from iOS (link to article)
File formats and sizes for work submission
Teachers cannot open every type of file. Students need to consider others they are sending information to.
Learn about file types used at school when sharing and submitting schoolwork.(link to article)
Email on your Laptop
Setup email direct to your laptop, or use webmail from the Portal@TWC page. The choice is yours.
Adding your school email account to your device (link to article)
Laptop charger electrical test and tag
All students wishing to charge their BYOD at school MUST have their charger and lead tested.
It's as easy as dropping your charge lead into the library on 'Test and Tag Tuesdays' before recess to have it checked. (link to article)
Optional free tools and applications
- Apps such as Audacity and ViVi
Some important resource pages: (click the highlighted titles to open the articles)
- Become familiar with school’s ICT POLICIES and learn what SCHOOL PROVIDED SUPPORT is available if your devices fails.
- Refresh your CYBERSAFETY (including online bullying) awareness and SPAM EMAIL RECOGNITION skills. Learning how to manage potential threats is a requirement in todays online world.
- Learn about INCREASING YOUR DEVICES BATTERY LIFE AT SCHOOL.
- View the tutorial articles in the ‘Microsoft Office’ and other categories on the RHS of this page.
- For reference, the full Parent and Student information lists are located here. (Parents) (Students)