Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Joyce Mayne Hosts Student Device Expo This Weekend; BYOD Can Be a Challenge to Get Right, but Joyce Mayne Is Here to Help

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Joyce Mayne Hosts Student Device Expo This Weekend; BYOD Can Be a Challenge to Get Right, but Joyce Mayne Is Here to Help

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IF THERE'S one thing this computers and electrical store is known for, it's their genuine desire to help customers.

And with sales gearing up for Christmas and the new year, this is even more prevalent.

While the warm weather has seen air conditioners in Wayne Peters' electrical department fly out the doors, in Morgan Page's computers department it's laptops and printers.

"We've got more computers now than ever and coming up to Christmas, parents are looking for student devices to put under the tree," Morgan said.

With so many computer options on the market however -- including the latest devices with features like touchscreens, flip-over/tablet transformation, and inking -- it can be difficult to know what your school's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) requirements are.

This is where Joyce Mayne comes to the rescue.

"This Saturday we've got two teachers coming in from two local high schools -- Centenary Heights High and Clifton High -- and they're going to be helping us out assisting customers to select the best device," he said.

"We've got all the individual specifications printed out from all the different schools, but these teachers are coming in to talk to parents as the ones at the forefront dealing with student devices in classrooms."

Morgan sees many teachers come through the door of Joyce Mayne, and finds a common complaint is that students' devices are too slow or not right for school and homework needs.

"The teachers talk about the frustration of really slow computers where the device requirements haven't been followed, and it doesn't have enough storage for homework and projects," Morgan explained.

"The teachers end up always having to wait for them to catch up to the rest of the class, so it's super important that the parents do get the right computer, and sometimes the specifications get overlooked," he said. …

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