Student Chromebook Program

The McKinnon Chromebook program has been running successfully since 2014.  It aims to improve student engagement and promote even greater academic achievement by providing teachers and students with new ways to learn and collaborate.

It is an expectation that all students have a school-approved Chromebook ordered through our chosen supplier.  The college has done extensive research and chosen a device that is reliable, has proven long battery life, high level processing power and is very durable; it is ideal for use in a school environment.  Moreover, the College’s teaching and learning program has been designed with the Chromebook’s functionality in mind and both the leadership team and teaching staff believe it plays a vital role in delivering an effective and engaging curriculum

The 21st century requires resilient, independent learners who can think critically. We believe our Chromebook program will develop students’ ability to research, synthesise and collaborate, whilst maintaining McKinnon’s commitment to outstanding academic performance.

Our Chromebook program is divided into two phases - Phase I (Years 7-9) and Phase II (Years 10-12).  Purchasing a new device in Year 7 and then again in Year 10 ensures students have a reliable and up-to-date Chromebook that is within its 3 year warranty.

Chromebooks run ‘ChromeOS’ which is essentially a web browser on a laptop. These devices are therefore most useful when connected to the internet (either at school or home). Whilst this presents a great learning opportunity, they must be used responsibly. We expect our core values of respect and integrity to be reflected in every aspect of our students’ lives, and this extends to their electronic communication with others.  


  • Bring your Chromebook to school every day, with the battery fully charged
  • Always store your Chromebook securely (e.g. in your locker at school when not being used)
  • In class, Chromebooks will be used at the discretion of the classroom teacher – students must take their Chromebook to every class, but the class teacher will determine when and how it is used in class
  • Your Chromebook must be used for educational purposes only

For more information about our Chromebook program see our FAQs.

Ordering a Chromebook

All orders need to be made through our school-approved supplier.  This is because the device comes preconfigured to connect to our wireless network, printing system and school domain, providing access to specific apps and updates.

We are currently evaluating suppliers for the 2018-19 portal season.