Bring Your Own Device
From the beginning of 2018, all Year 9s will bring a device to school. All other students at Tauranga Boys’ College are recommended and strongly encouraged to bring an appropriate device to school. A student owned internet capable device is now an important part of a student's toolkit, giving them instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share their learning in a way that prepares them for the future.
The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom and outside. Ensuring your son has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements.
What device should we purchase?
As a school, we have decided that no one device fits all learners, and are therefore offering choice with regards to the device that a student can provide.
We have created an environment that will work with any wifi-enabled device. If you are considering purchasing a new device, it’s important to keep in mind how the student is going to use the device. A laptop may be better for a senior student or a student that is interested in gaming, photography or video editing. A Chromebook may be sufficient if they only require internet and G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education).
A good device for school use:
- is lightweight and sturdy
- is in a protective carrying case
- has several hours of battery power
- has wireless/internet capability
- offers sufficient storage for documents, photos and videos
- has some form of keyboard for typing (built-in or external)
- has a screen size of no less than 10”
A phone is not a suitable device for learning.
Tauranga Boys’ College is a G Suite School, it will work on any device with a good internet connection and it’s free. G Suite provides word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and email tools that can be accessed from any device, anywhere, anytime.
Buying a device for your boy.
Option 1 – We have an arrangement with Cyclone Computers.
They offer very competitive pricing through a secure portal. To purchase through Cyclone Computers or to have a look at their pricing, follow this link:
The website utilises a standard ‘shopping cart’ model and will ship the machine to your door. The checkout offers a range of payment options. Students do not need to purchase any other software for the machine. Shipping should take between 3 – 5 days depending on availability.
Please note that we strongly recommend that you invest in a good, hard case for the device as the single biggest problem we have had is broken screens. There are some good cases available on the Cyclone website (and in shops selling computer equipment).
Option 2 – Purchase elsewhere or use an existing machine
We are happy for you to purchase elsewhere or use a machine from home but please make sure it is suitable for use at school.
Student Device Care and Security
- Portable devices 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 no 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.
- 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. Unfortunately, in most cases, an excess will apply so you will need to weigh up whether to make a claim. The owner of the device is responsible for insurance cover.
Virus and Malware Protection – Ensure that the virus and malware protection on portable devices is kept up to date.
Saving and Backup – Students are responsible for their own backup of critical data at all times. This may be through a USB drive, SD card, external drive, or cloud-based solution. Students have access to Google Drive via their school account with Unlimited storage for their enrolment at TBC.