Bring Your Own Device - Information from Netsafe

From the beginning of 2018, all Year 9s will bring a device to school. A student owned internet capable device is now an important part of a student's toolkit, giving him instant access to unlimited resources and enabling him to support, extend, communicate and share his learning in a way that best prepares him for the future. Your son will experience technology integrated into curriculum delivery via Google Classroom for all classes, and through the use of Education Perfect for Mathematics, English and Science. Alongside these online platforms, there is still place for books, paper and pen, and you will have noticed a greatly reduced stationery list.

 

What device to bring?

Phones are not devices suitable for learning in the classroom. A Chromebook, iPad, tablet, or laptop are preferred devices. Whatever you choose, the device needs to be able to hold its charge for up to six hours, connect to the internet, and have Google Chrome installed.

 

Some suggestions

  • Img 0127Cyclone offer competitive pricing through a secure portal. To purchase through Cyclone or to have a look at their pricing, follow this link:

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  • Occasionally, online outlets such as 1-day.co.nz will have low-cost  refurbished Chromebooks.
  • Stores such as Noel Leeming, Stationery Warehouse, The Warehouse etc will undoubtedly have sales before and after Christmas.
  • You may have a laptop in the family already, or consider purchasing a secondhand Chromebook or similar. That is absolutely fine.
  • If necessary, students will be able to hire a Chromebook from the school library for $1 per day for a short-term.
  • If any these options are a barrier, and you are not able to obtain credit, please contact the school. We will do all we can to assist with ‘no-credit rating required’ low-cost finance.

If you would like to learn more about free internet connection and low-cost internet suitable for your son’s learning at home, please contact us. More info here: Free Internet for Learning and/or Spark Jump

 

Cyber Safety and Cyber Citizenship

Alongside regular curriculum delivery, every Year 9 boy will engage in learning about using the internet safely and understanding his responsibilities as a cyber citizen. This programme works alongside our ‘Good Man’ values. Use of his device through our school network is monitored and protected by N4L, a service with full web filtering and providing a safer online environment.

 

Student Device Care and Security

  • BYODDevices should be protected by a username and password. This should not be disclosed to other students.
  • Always store the laptops in a protective bag. Do not store anything else inside the laptop bag. (Chargers, papers)
  • Avoid storing your laptop at the bottom of your school bag – pressure from books can damage the screen and hinges.
  • Carry your device within its protective cover inside your normal school bag. Do not overfill your school bag. (Pressure on the laptop can cause permanent damage to the screen and other components)
  • Never lift the laptop by the screen. This will stress the hinge mechanism, which also carries the data and power supply to the screen.
  • Treat your laptop as you do other valuables and never leave your device in unsupervised areas during the school day.
  • The security of a student-owned device is the responsibility of the student.
  • Devices should be engraved or labelled with the student’s name.

 

Warranty

Most machines come with a 1-year warranty and a 3-year optional warranty. Most laptop warranties cover hardware problems that were not caused by the owner, such as defective keyboards, monitor problems or other issues with internal components. The laptop warranty generally covers the parts and labour for repairs. A warranty will not cover damage inflicted by the owner or someone else.

 

Insurance

Most theft or damage will be covered by your existing home contents policy. Please check with your insurance provider that this is the case. The owner of the device is responsible for insurance cover.