Although we do not mandate the purchase of a specific model or type, we encourage students to have a device that includes features that provide the greatest possible access to the educational resources that will support and enhance their learning. The device must also be easy for students to manage. We have found that tablet devices, including iPad’s, do not offer the best experience and for this reason it is the College’s expectation that students will not have these.
The use of the device in the classroom will be “cloud based”, with Google applications used extensively across the curriculum.
If you are considering buying a device, we would recommend either a laptop or a chromebook. Laptop’s are generally more expensive, may be able to be used in specialist subjects in the senior school (depending on specification) and have wider application beyond the school. Hybrid tablets are suitable – these provide the functionality of a laptop with the benefits of tablet.
A Chromebook is a personal computer running the Chrome operating system. These devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud". The Chrome operating system is designed by Google to work primarily with web applications.
The User Experience is Important
A powerful (expensive) device is not required. What is required is a device that will be easy for students to manage and one that allows documents to be created and edited efficiently.
Whether purchasing new, or using an existing device, it is important to ensure that the device makes life easier for the student and not more difficult.
Older devices and very cheap devices can present problems (e.g. connection and speed issues, battery life, etc.) as can those with significant restrictions applied at the time the device was set up.
What if I cannot afford to buy a Device?
Most retailers offer flexible payment terms and layby options. Support may be available through Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) once benefit eligibility criteria has been met.