What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device.
BYOD describes students bringing their own device to school use each day, in the same way that they bring their own books and pens.
Are Chromebooks the only option?
We recommend Chromebooks, mainly because these are robust and affordable and meet the minimum requirements for school.
Students can bring other devices if they have the following -
- screen size greater than
- battery will last the day
Is it compulsory to BYOD? What if I can't afford to buy a device?
BYOD is not compulsory.
We encourage all students in Years 4 & 5 to BYOD, and recommend all students in Years 6 - 8 BYOD.
We have a set of 30 Chromebooks for students in Kūkūpa to use and a set of 10 for students in Kākā to use. If students can't bring their own device, they are able to use a school Chromebook.
If all students in each whānau were relying on school Chromebooks, they would only have limited access. The more students able to BYOD, the greater the availability of devices for all students. When the majority of students BYOD, all students benefit. It means that everyone can access a device when they need it, rather than having to wait until someone else is finished.
Why doesn't the school provide devices for all children?
We simply cannot afford to supply a device for every student.
If we tried to, other aspects of our curriculum would be limited.