The New Zealand Curriculum specifically references the value of e-learning for our students, with digital fluency being a current Ministry of Education priority. At Mairehau High School we recognise the benefits that access to technology affords our students with their learning.
BYOD enables student to access their learning anytime, anywhere. It helps to support the continuity of learning between home and school as students can access class resources and support beyond the school gates. In addition to this, it provides increased opportunity for enriched learning experiences, with increased access to a huge range of electronic resources, as well as increased opportunity for collaborative learning to occur between peers.
Importantly, the use of technology in the classroom helps to prepare our students for future study and work environments.
BYOD at Mairehau High School
From 2017, we invite and strongly encourage all Year 9 students to bring their own device. Students in other year levels are also free to bring their own devices.
We recommend specifications for the laptop/Chromebook include the following:
Battery life: should last 5-8 hours to be able to get through the day without recharging
Weight: Light enough to be carried around throughout the day
Dual Band Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n (5.0 Ghz) – this allows a more stable connection to our network.
RAM: should be 4GB or more, so that programs can run fairly quickly
Screen size: 11” or bigger
Antivirus – free is OK, like AVG
Insurance: the school cannot be responsible for damage or loss of electronic devices, so please make sure this is covered on your own policy
Warranty: having a good 2 year or 3 year warranty is important as students who are using a device will want faults fixed quickly.
The school has worked hard to secure deals on Chromebooks with Noel Leemings and PB Technology. Please see their brochures below.
If you are unable to provide your student with a device, we will have a small number of devices available for students to loan daily. This can be discussed with your child’s dean. For Year 9s in 2017, please contact Alice Wackwitz (email@example.com
Chromebooks can also be paid off through the WINZ scheme for families on lower incomes. You do not need to be a WINZ client. A letter from the school must be provided in order to support the application.
Please contact our Assistant Principal Rebecca Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.