Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Click Here to Print a Loan Agreement

Digital technology is a vital component of learning to enable our students to be work-ready when they leave school. Students’ benefit from bringing in their own devices to use in class giving them:

  1. The ability to develop a portfolio of learning Google Apps – to access, document and receive feedback and feedforward about their work.
  2. Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents and peers to support their learning.
  3. To extend their learning beyond the classroom. Anytime, anywhere access to unlimited resources and information on the internet.
  4. The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button.
  5. The potential to work collaboratively and a capability to become active partners in their learning.

During the lockdown period all classwork has been posted online and students have been accessing their learning via their own digital devices for learning. As a school we have supported a number of families by equipping students with a device. As we return under Alert Level 2 we are returning to face to face teaching but resources will continue to be posted online. Prior to the lockdown using devices in class was not unusual, but many students opted to use school owned chromebooks located in their subject areas. The school can no longer maintain this system as so many of our devices have gone out to families to be used for learning at home. That means we require all students to bring a device for learning every day. This includes students who have been loaned school devices over lockdown – you will need to bring the device each day to use during your lessons.

We can offer support for students who do not have a device but students will need to let us know so that we can arrange a loan. The number of remaining loan devices is limited to families in need of support. Students requiring a device call in to B1, register for a loaner device and collect a form. The loan agreement can be downloaded here. Please print a copy, fill it in and bring it to school. The agreement needs to be signed by a parent and returned to school before a device will be allocated.

What devices are OK – Financial Support

The ideal device for school use:

  • Lightweight, but robust for daily use
  • Has a protective carry case
  • 4+ hours of battery power
  • Has built in wireless capability
  • Has Google Chrome as it’s default web browser
  • Has 2+ USB ports tor expansion and connectivity
  • Has anti-virus / anti-spyware protection
  • Google Apps for Education capability

Recommendations for device:

You do not need to purchase a brand new device. If you have a device at home that is compatible with our system, we encourage students to bring it. Many students bring a smartphone to school, this is NOT a BYOD learning device, as it is limited by size and applications. You DO NOT need to purchase the Microsoft Office suite – this is provided by the school.

Suitable devices for school are:

  • Chromebook
  • Laptop
  • Notebook
  • Tablet

Financial Support

It is possible to speak with your case worker, WINZ will potentially fund a device if you have a letter from your school, stating that it is an expectation that your child have a device for learning.

Many large retailers have leasing and support plans that you can access when you let them know you are purchasing a device for a school BYOD programme.

Digital Learning

Teachers at MRGS are diversifying their teaching practices and learning outcomes through ongoing professional development around BYOD. As a school, we teach our students how to use technology in ways that assist their learning. We are careful in using a framework to sit behind our teaching that aligns with the New Zealand curriculum and Michael Fullan’s research into the 6 C’s.

Google Apps for Education

Keeping all your work, in one place

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my child keep their device safe? Who is responsible for security and damage?

Taking care of their own possenssions is part of the NZ curriculum with regards to ‘Managing Self’. There are some storage lockers in the school library should a student want to store a device. We strongly recommend that you insure your child’s device and discuss various options with your insurance provided prior to bringing the device to school. MRGS will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged devices/

How will my child charge their device?

We expect students to take responsibility for the charging of their device overnight so they will bring their devices to school fully charged.

Will I need to purchase stationary to use in class?

Having a digital device does not make MRGS a fully paperless school, Stationary requirements have been reduced due to students having access to a device for their learning.

Where can I buy my device from?