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Many schools are looking to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or an Electronic Devices for Learning programme to give students and staff access to personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones in classrooms.

The NZ Curriculum defines a successful lifelong learner as digitally literate using a range of e-learning tools to support learning. Technology never stands still and with limited budgets it is becoming increasingly hard for schools to keep up. This is where a BYOD scheme becomes appealing, especially when many students already have their own devices.

Using electronic devices in learning helps to:

  • Give greater access to learning
  • Provide collaboration opportunities
  • Take learning beyond the classroom
  • Bridge the gap between home and school

Choose the perfect device

While making your decision about which kind of device would work best for your child, consider these important factors:

  • Wifi-capability – must be dual band capable
  • Weight – should be light enough for your child to carry around all day, with a case
  • Battery life – should last 5 – 6 hours to be able to get through a school day without recharging
  • Screen size – minimum 7 inches
  • RAM – 4Gb or more for a laptop or min 2 GB for a chromebook
  • Durability

Additional considerations are insurance and a warranty.

There are four main devices to choose from. Let's take a quick look at the benefits of each so you can choose the one that's right for you.

CHROMEBOOK

A Chromebook simply requires a Google account (Gmail), and an internet connection. All work is stored in the cloud rather than on the device, so content can be accessed from anywhere, anytime. It is not possible to install additional software.


Benefits:

  • - Affordable.
  • - Easy to use.
  • - Light and portable.
  • - Excellent battery life.

WINDOWS LAPTOPS & NOTEBOOKS

Notebooks have a built-in keyboard and range from ultra-lightweight to powerful and rugged. They can run more demanding educational programmes, making them ideal for senior students. Laptops have a hard drive and it is possible to install software.

Benefits:

  • - More power for bigger jobs.
  • - Familiar Windows 10 operating system.
  • - Good battery life.

WINDOWS HYBRIDS

A 2-in-1 device that can transition from a notebook with a keyboard, to a tablet with a touchscreen. Add a digital pen to take handwritten notes, sketch ideas and solve maths problems.

Benefits:

  • - More flexibility.
  • - More portability.
  • - Familiar Windows 10 operating system.
  • - Touch screen.

TABLETS & iPADS

Tablets are small and light with a touchscreen, so they're popular with primary students, they are also a great secondary device for older students who want to research content quickly.

Benefits:

  • - Ultra light and portable.
  • - Excellent battery life.
  • - Access to apps to help you study.

Browse By Education Level

Primary-Intermediate

We’ve got a wide range of tech at great prices. Devices that can stand up to many of the rigorous demands of primary & intermediate students. They also have some handy parental controls so the students don’t come across anything they shouldn’t.

Intermediate-Secondary

Secondary school students require much more from their tech. So, it’s important to choose a device that can keep up. Make sure it’s got enough RAM, a big enough screen, & a battery that can last all day. Plus, software like Office 365 play a big part too.

Secondary-Tertiary

Tertiary students need a device that’s the best of both worlds. Firstly, it needs to be powerful enough to run intensive apps for their studies. And secondly, it must be lightweight to fit into their on-the-go lifestyle. Plus, it needs to be sleek & smart to look the part as well.