Year 3-8 students have the option of bringing a specific personal device, a Chromebook, to school. This page sets out the BYOD policy and guidelines. To learn more about our approach to their usage and effectiveness, visit the Technology page.
Students who intend to bring a personal Chromebook to school will be asked to sign a BYOD agreement which is to be returned to the classroom teacher prior to them bringing their device to school.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy enables the school to continue to explore 21st century learning environments which enhances our striving for excellence in learning.
We continue to purchase a range of devices in classrooms including ipads, chromebooks and desktops. We have found that these devices, when used within our learning programmes, can significantly enhance student engagement, expand the range of learning experiences that can be offered to students and help students to explore their learning more deeply.
We have a policy of allowing Year 3-8 students to bring a specific personal device, a Chromebook, to school. This is optional and we will continue to provide devices for student use throughout the school.
We see that students will have good use of these devices (6 years) whilst at Kohimarama School. We continue to see that the netbook style devices offer the most flexibility for our school purposes and we will in future be purchasing Chromebooks for this reason. We see Chromebooks as a reliable and affordable device which makes them ideal for the classroom environment. No other personal device will be accepted.
We will only be permitting Chromebooks as the personal device for students. Key reasons for this are:
We have placed some clear guidelines around the introduction of BYOD:
Students bring their devices (including all peripherals) to use at Kohimarama School at their own risk.
It is the responsibility of the individual owner, to keep the device secure, charged and with up-to-date virus protection installed on the device.
Kohimarama School system and staff are in no way responsible for:
Consequences for Misuse/Disruption (one or more may apply):
While we value the way devices can support learning we take a ‘fit for purpose’ approach to their use. At times we still expect that paper and pen may be the most effective way to complete a task. We are also aware of the health risks of overuse of devices and will be continuing to promote physical activity and device free learning time.
We would like to reiterate that bringing a BYOD is an optional choice and that we have no expectations that every student must bring their own device to school.
Students who intend to bring a personal Chromebook into the classroom will be asked to sign a BYOD agreement which is to be brought back to the classroom teacher prior to them bringing their device in to school. We ask that Chromebooks are not brought to school until week 3 of term 1 so we can ensure classes are fully ready for them.