Why introduce BYOD?
The learning needs of students in the 21st century are different to those of previous generations. The NZ Curriculum reflects this need with a strong focus on promoting digitally capable, global citizens. Technology is moving at a fast pace and many of the careers we are preparing our students for do not yet exist. Skill-sets no longer revolve around merely learning facts, as this information is now at our fingertips. Digital learning enables teachers and students to access the curriculum in meaningful ways. Using devices and digital literacy at primary school helps our students foster a smoother transition to college.
Why are Chromebooks the preferred device at PBS?
Chromebooks are our preferred device option; many other NZ schools are already using this device and finding it the ideal choice for classrooms. Some of the reasons for this are: a long battery life (requiring no charging throughout the school day), attached keyboard and reasonable size screen, able to get online quickly, lightweight for carrying between home and school. Having one preferred device also increases equity between students e.g. they are all on a level playing field. Chromebooks are also a preferred device at both local Colleges, which means Year 8 students can keep using them through to Year 13. Students will be using Google Classroom as their main learning platform, which enhances their ability to work collaboratively and share work between home and school, teachers, parents and peers.
The Chromebook is designed to get you on the web as quickly as possible. They’re faster, simpler, and more secure than traditional computers. If you’re the kind of person to do everything online, a Chromebook will help you stay connected and get more out of the web.
Parent asked: What makes Chromebooks different?
- All your work is done in a browser.
Send mail, edit photos, create documents — you can do all of these activities in the browser, thanks to thousands of apps on the web. There’s no complicated software to install.
- All your stuff is saved on the web.
Everything — your apps, documents, settings — are all stored safely on the web, and not on the device. So you’ll have constant access to your stuff even if you’re using another computer.
- You can surf the web anytime, anywhere.
Chromebooks connect quickly to your preferred wireless or wired networks. Some Chromebook models also come with built-in mobile broadband access, so you can get online anywhere you can make a phone call.
- Chromebooks start up fast and last all day long.
Chromebooks start up quickly and resume instantly from sleep. Your favorite websites load quickly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. Last but not least, you don’t need to worry about power because the battery lasts all day.
- Your device will always be up-to-date.
Each time you turn your Chromebook on, it automatically updates itself with the latest features, hardware and system updates, and anti-virus software.
- You can safely share your device, not your information.
People can sign in with their own Google Accounts on your device to access their own Chrome apps, bookmarks, and settings. Or they can browse the web as a guest, without signing in. Either way, your personal files are never accessible outside your account.
- You are protected by built-in security.
Each webpage and application you visit runs in a restricted environment. So visiting one page that’s been infected with something malicious can’t affect anything else on your computer.
- You won’t need that much RAM.
Since you won’t have client apps to manage, you don’t need that much RAM–everything you’re doing is taken care of by super fast and super secure supercomputers.
The Ministry of Education is clear that children should not be disadvantaged if they lack a device. How will PBS address this?
Finance is something we are aware of and equity is important to us. This is one of the reasons we prefer one device option as it raises equity and provides a level playing field.
We will work with families in need and have some school-owned devices on hand for such students.
Buying a Chromebook
Parent asked: What is the Whakaaro Hou Education Trust?
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust has been established in the Kapiti district to improve student achievement through the provision of digital devices. The Trust aims to give children and their families in the Kapiti the opportunity to access appropriate learning tools, computers and programs so that the children and families can benefit from these both at home and at school.
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust has been able to source computer devices at an exceptionally competitive price and has bundled the price with insurance and warranties through Noel Leemings. Whakaaro Hou Education Trust will be offering a pricing package that includes a three year warranty, insurance and a hard sleeve bag, well below retail pricing. Families will be offered an opportunity to purchase a device outright or spread payments over finance options of 2 years or 3 years with weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. Finance options will include a nominal interest rate.
Parent asked: Do I have to buy through the Trust?
No. Parents are free to buy through other places e.g. Warehouse Stationery.
Wherever you buy from just make sure to ask about warranty and insurance.If I go through the Trust who owns the device?If you want to buy it outright through the Trust, you own the device and the Trust is insuring it for you. If you are buying it on a 2 or 3 year payment system, the Trust retains ownership until the device is paid off.
What is the Trust offering?
- A full package of device, warranty, insurance at best value for parents
- Options of buy outright, or 2 or 3 year terms
- A single point of collection and return at Noel Leemings in Coastlands, with loaner devices available if a device breaks or is damaged
- Buying through the Trust is a simple process. Fill out the Expression of Interest form and email it back to Leigh at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can just ring Leigh on 022-6902115. On the contact page, there is an online email that you can use to enquire.
Once you complete the Expression of Interest, Leigh will contact you and arrange to meet. This is the point at which you need to confirm whether you are buying outright or choosing a lease-to-buy option.
What are the pricing options?
The most up to date pricing options can be found on the Trust website
There are payment options to Lease over 2 or 3 years or to buy a device outright.
What does the insurance cover?
Warranty covers faults for 3 yearsInsurance covers all accidental breakage, for 3 years, with an excess of $50.
What happens if we shift and no longer want to continue our lease?
You can choose to take the device and continue with the AP.You can pay the remaining cost less credit rebate to take immediate full ownership.You can hand the device back to the Trust and cease payment.
How does the school intend to support families who cannot afford BYOC?
Finance is something we are cognisant of, which is why we are happy to have conversations with any family in difficult circumstances. As a Decile 8 school we know that there will be a small number of families who may approach us. The lease contracts offered by Noel Leeming and the Trust should make this initiative affordable to most, but we will have some devices available at school to ensure equity.