A suitable internet-capable device is a necessary stationery item for all students.
Students are now able to use a wide range of digital tools for reading, writing, designing, working with spreadsheets, doing Maths, answering questions, creating and researching on a daily basis.
Ownership of a personal device by students has been shown to bring a new level of motivation and engagement.
It will help to develop greater independence and improved critical thinking, and will provide new opportunities for collaboration and sharing.
Teachers can now place assignments directly into students’ online folders and they are expected to submit work and receive teacher feedback online.
Students will be well prepared to succeed when NZQA external examinations will become fully digital in 2018-2020.
The full integration of digital learning tools into our curriculum will help prepare our students to be responsible, safe and skilled users of digital technology in the digital world they are already part of.
What devices are not suitable?
Smartphones are not suitable for this type of learning.
IPads and tablets are also less useful than a device with a keyboard such as a Chromebook or laptop.
What Devices are suitable?
Devices will need to be equipped for typing and editing documents, manipulating photos, collaborating online and using Internet resources and tools.
Chromebooks or laptops are recommended for this type of learning.
Key requirements: the device must be:
- Light and Portable
- Have a minimum screen size of 11.6”
- Have a keyboard.
- Have a battery that will last at least eight hours
* Please note that some Laptops and notebooks fall well short of this.
* We do not provide charging facilities at school so devices must be brought to school after being fully charged at home each night
- Able to connect to the school's wireless network
- Robust and sturdy enough for school use
- Under warranty - to ensure that any failure of the hardware or components can be quickly remedied.
- Have a protective case
- Insured against loss or damage
Please note that the school will guide students in keeping devices safe at school, but will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
Chromebooks or laptops?
When a student is making the choice of device to purchase for Year 11, students and parents should consider what subjects the student will choose in Years 12 and 13.
Our experience has shown that a Chromebook is a good choice for Years 9 to 11, meeting all the specifications above. A Chromebook would still be suitable for Years 12-13 if students are taking subjects which do not require specialist software or higher specifications.
However, when making the choice of device for Years 12-13, students and parents should consult the subject prospectus for their chosen subjects and ask for advice from the College if in doubt. Year 11 students will be able to discuss this during the CSI (course selection interview) in Term 3. For some specialist subjects, a laptop with higher specifications would be an advantage, but is not an absolute requirement.
Students will be able to achieve much of what they need to, using online tools which are often free. Teachers will advise students of specialist software useful for particular subjects.
For this reason it is important that the device has an up-to-date operating system, and the Google Chrome browser, which can be installed on any operating system free of charge.
We provide help to connect to the school network. Beyond that students need to take responsibility for their own devices for problem solving or troubleshooting.
If necessary you will need to refer to a technician or to the supplier where you bought the device.
We also make lockers available so that students can keep their devices secure.
If you are eligible for assistance from WINZ, we recommend you take confirmation of your child’s enrolment at Waitakere College if you wish to apply for assistance.