Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Years 5 and 6. Sunnyhills School






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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Years 5 and 6

Sunnyhills School

Please note that BYOD is NOT a compulsory venture.

This information is designed to inform you on things to consider if you choose to.

Note there are some class devices available for use in each class.


Advantages of Student Owned Devices ... Page 3

Research Citing the Potential Benefits of e-Learning ... 3

E-learning in the New Zealand Curriculum... 3

Considerations Before Purchasing a Device ... 4

Common Learning Platforms at Sunnyhills ... 5

Device Options... 5

Recommended entry level devices ... 6

Recommended Apps/Software to Download ... 8

Technical Support ... 8

Safety Guidelines and Responsibilities ... 8

Cyber Safety/Digital Citizenship ... 9

Ergonomics ... 9


• Anytime, anywhere access to learning

• The ability to develop “digital” folders and work for their classes (that can’t be lost, and never need replacing) through Google Apps for Education

• Anytime, anywhere access to the public library e-books, database and catalogued web resources • Anytime, anywhere access to unlimited resources and information on the internet

• The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button • Allowing students to become active partners in their learning

Noeline Wright’s (University of Waikato) 2009 literature review looking at ‘e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools’ highlights the following benefits of e-learning afforded by access to internet capable devices:

• Improved motivation and engagement

• Greater independence and personalised learning

• Improved critical thinking and development of multi literacies

• Greater opportunities for collaboration in wide contexts, including international ones • Greater access to information, resources and experts

Our children are entering a world that is looking for abilities far different from the traditional. We want children to be able to collect, synthesise and analyse information and then work collaboratively with others to apply that knowledge. They need to learn how to learn and to respond to the constantly changing

technologies and social and global changes in the world. The New Zealand Curriculum pg 38 states that e-learning may:

assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time

• facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom

• assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences

enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further

 schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can

open up new and different ways of learning

Advantages of Student Owned Devices

Research Citing the Potential Benefits of e-Learning


Price: How much do you want to spend? What is your budget?

Purpose: What is the device going to predominantly be used for?

Longevity: How long do you plan to use the device? Are you looking at a short or long term solution?

Weight: Is it heavy? Will your child be carrying this to and from school every day?

Battery life: Should last 5-6 hours to be able to get through a school day without recharging (no charging of devices is permitted at school).

Screen Size: Minimum 10 inches for a laptop.

Wireless: Wireless networking capability using 802.11g or n.

Warranty: Minimum warranty is 1 year, but you may want to consider upgrading this to a 2 or 3-year warranty.

Technical support: Should your device require repair or maintenance - how long will the device be away for and what is covered under warranty? Is there a loan device available?

Internet Browser: The Google Chrome browser is necessary for our systems. Make sure the device can run this.

RAM: Minimum 2GB,but would recommend 4GB or more for Netbooks/Laptops, otherwise programmes may run slower.

Protection: Does the device have suitable casing to protect it from the elements? Is it named appropriately?

Insurance: Ultimately it is the responsibility of the owner (family) to insure the device from loss or damage. We recommend you check if you are covered under your existing household insurance policy.

Anti-virus Software: For Windows or Mac OSX devices anti-virus and anti-spyware software is essential to protect the data on the device, and prevent the device being used to spread this malware to other devices at home or at school.

Extra Peripherals: Headset or ear buds are useful for private listening. Bluetooth keyboards are useful for tablets.

Touch screen: Sunnyhills students felt this was a nicety but not a necessity. Can be useful if you have Windows 8.1 or higher.

Intermediate schools: Check the BYOD requirements as relevant for Intermediate schools.

Bucklands Beach Intermediate: Contact school for a brochure


Google Apps for Education – we use a customised “Sunnyhills Google Apps for Education” environment for teaching and learning. This provides students with a free Office-type environment available using the Internet, accessible at both school and home. This means that it is not necessary to have software on laptops such as MS Office.

In order to utilise technology to support the learning, Sunnyhills School may utilise third party websites and online services, such as Prezi, Animoto etc. for its students. Such services are used to assist with education specific needs both inside and outside of the classroom. Many of these services have education specific versions that enable teacher control/monitoring. The school, when possible and appropriate, will utilise the education specific versions and also restrict the use of the services and access to posted material to the classroom which your student is involved in.

The school has invested in a WatchGuard system which tracks all internet activity on your child’s device at school. We have Ultrafast Broadband and a good wireless system.

We have successfully implemented BYOD at Sunnyhills for three years, and our survey results from teachers and children show the majority prefer a laptop over a tablet. See our website for actual survey results. The advantage of a laptop is it has a keyboard and works well with our base learning platform, Google Apps for Education. Laptops also have the added advantage of working well with Flash based websites and have stronger connections to our wireless. As a result, for 2016 we would prefer children to bring laptops as opposed to tablets. Please note we will allow those students who brought a tablet in 2015 to bring their tablet again in 2016.

Common Learning Platforms at Sunnyhills


There are two entry level devices we recommend being a Chromebook or the HP Stream laptop. These are our two top picks

A Chromebook is a Google laptop which essentially runs a Chrome operating system. These devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the internet. Chromebooks are readily available in most computer shops in NZ. Students brought a range of Chromebooks from Acer, Samsung, HP and some were touchscreen.


 Don’t get viruses

 Very quick to turn on and access work in Google Apps for Education


 Can’t load any software such as iTunes or Minecraft on it. (This could be a pro too!)


When a student leaves Sunnyhills they will need their own personal Google account to continue working on a Chromebook. This needs to be created with parent permission and we would recommend the parent also knows the password to this account. A personal Google account gives a student access to the full range of Google Apps which includes things like Youtube, Blogs etc which have a minimum age of 13 or with parent permission.



Our second top pick is the HP Stream laptop.

Please note that technology is changing at such a fast rate that you will need to explore the options that are currently available. As a general guide only we have provided photos of two other devices students have brought in 2015 which they have found worked well in terms of battery life and weight etc. This is not a prescribed list in any way and we would recommend you read the “Considerations for Purchasing” section to work out what is best for your child.

Laptop with Tablet (ASUS Transformer) 10.1 inch HP Pavillion Notebook 10 inch Recommendations

Intel Core – is the processor speed. Needs to be no smaller than i3 and faster than 2GHz

Minimum screen size 11 inch is recommended.

Please note for 2016 we prefer laptops as opposed to tablets as laptops are more reliable and have a stronger connection to the wireless compared to tablets. Please note we will allow those students who brought a tablet in 2015 to bring their tablet again in 2016.

Laptops: From $450+


Google Apps for Education works best using the Chrome Browser, NOT Internet Explorer. Therefore any device MUST have the free Chrome Browser downloaded.

The school does not provide technical support should something go wrong with your child’s device.


 Devices are held in lockable cupboards within the classroom

 Devices are not allowed out in break times or before/after school

 Children are responsible for their own devices. Other schools have found children lose their jumpers but never their ‘device’

 No software downloads or updates will be carried out at school on student devices

 After school care: Your child will NOT be allowed to use their device at after school care. Your child must tell after school care they have a device in their bag so their bag is kept in a separate area for security

Parents Responsibility

• Insurance for their device (check with your insurance provider) • Naming equipment

• Sending a device that meets minimum requirements

Child’s Responsibility

• Charging device at home • Responsible for device at school


Your child may be involved in collaborative group work, which could mean, whilst in that group, your child will be in charge of his/her device, and with your child’s permission another child could work on the device with

your child

• We want to promote a ‘share the screen’ environment

Apps/Software to Download

Technical Support

Safety Guidelines and Responsibilities

Chrome Browser


At the beginning of the year routines and class treaties are developed to include online safety and this is reinforced throughout the school year. We focus on developing a digital citizen that:

 is a confident and capable user of ICT

 uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities

 uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace

 is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies

 is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively

 uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways

 demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT

 respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world

 contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship

• Screen time

– 20 minutes then a break looking out window for 1-2 minutes

• Sitting properly with good back and chair support

• Tablets – if needing to do more than 10 minutes worth of typing on screen then a Bluetooth keyboard is recommended

• Backpacks – heavier items should be packed close to the back

• Don’t overfill

Cyber Safety/Digital Citizenship: