BYOD for Years 9-13 in 2019

Welcome to BYOD at Mount Albert Grammar School

Please feel free to e-mail me if these BYOD pages do not answer your queries.

Regards

Elise Goddard (Mrs)
Director of E-Learning: egoddard@mags.school.nz

In 2015, Mount Albert Grammar School began its official introduction of BYOD. In 2019, it is mandatory for every student to bring a computing device (tablet or computer).

Students are asked to bring a device with the ability to:

  • access the school wireless
  • access the internet and therefore also send and receive-mail
  • voice record
  • capture images and videos
  • take notes

The device must have sufficient battery life to last the school day. Charging will not be available at the school. Students will return to pen and paper if their device needs recharging.

Due to the number of typed NCEA assignments required in Year 11-13 courses, a keyboard is recommended for the iPad for Year 11-13 students. If buying a new device for years 11-13, then a laptop (Windows or Macbook) will be a better option for some students, especially those who wish to use Adobe Creative Cloud for Photography, Art Design and Media Studies.

If this device is a tablet, then the screen needs to be at least (7.9″) in diameter and the device needs at least 32GB storage. The device does not have to be a tablet. Laptops with at least 4GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive may suit some students better. Larger laptops are often not suitable, as they often have a shorter battery life. Please note also that Chromebooks may be used, but they allow access to only online versions of key software like Microsoft OneNote.

Smartphones are not considered as a suitable main device in the BYOD programme, but can be used in class for educational purposes with teacher approval.

The iPad: Our Device of Choice

Our recommended devices for students is the iPad (5th Generation).The iPad Pro or iPad 5th generation are also suitable. The iPads offer:

  • Instant on and off capability
  • High-quality touch-screen functionality
  • Good device speed
  • Excellent wireless connectivity
  • Long battery life
  • Robust if in a strong case
  • Free top-class software now included that all help with productivity: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband
  • Ability to display interactive books created in iBooks author
  • Excellent education apps (not the prime focus, but relevant)
  • Compatibility and connectivity with the school’s Mac desktop computers.
  • From the professional development, teachers will be most familiar with the iPad
  • The ability to play interactive iBooks created on the school’s iMac computers using iBooks author.

Please note that the iPad and Macbooks have the ability to use the full interactive functionality of an iBook, whereas other devices will need to access the more simple pdf version. All information will be present in the pdf version.

Please note also that the school is making increasing use of Microsoft OneNote which now has drawing capability for iPads and other tablets.

Students buying a new device for Years 11 to 13 may prefer to purchase a laptop because of the number of NCEA assignments.

Click here for the BYOD home page with more information.

Discount Pricing for BYOD and Other Deals

Some options for buying at discounted prices may be found here.

Research and Inquiry into BYOD

Click here for some useful case studies about the implementation of BYOD.