Macleans College BYOD Vision Statement: BYOD (1:1 devices) will enhance independent learning, collaboration and creative thinking in our students.

Bring Your Own Device. The user owns the device and software which connects to the
school-owned network with the personal login account provided.
Mr Cristian Rodriguez: [email protected]
Some of our students already have devices which they and their parents may wish to use.
There is not one single device that is best for all students at all levels covering all subjects
and activities – whatever we chose would not be best suited for all students.
Phones are great for communicating/texting, looking up information on the internet, but if I
wanted to create a well-planned essay or mind-map or spread sheet for a statistics question
I would not be able to do my best work on a phone and neither would my students/your
Many of our Y9 students have already been using their own device at their previous school
and so this is a natural continuation for them and they will continue using the device as they
progress through other levels.
An iPad is not the only suitable device for the work that we do at the College and many of
our Y9 students already have a different, suitable device that they have been using at their
previous school.
Examples are Auckland Grammar, Albany Senior High School and Epsom Girls, Rangitoto
Laptops are larger, less portable, have lower battery life, built-in keyboard, but have a full
operating system and more specialised functionality for advanced activities. Tablets are
more portable, have a longer battery life and are very good for communication and simple
tasks. They are considered to be a ‘personal consumer device’ - for consuming the product
of other people’s work, such as information on the internet. They are not best suited to one’s
own work productivity, especially tasks requiring multiple screens, high processing power,
memory or full applications . Touch screen laptops with tablet mode provide the best of both
worlds regarding functionality, but are the most expensive option.
It would certainly be easier for most teachers. But it may not be best in subject areas where
an all-round device does not meet the requirements. It might be too restrictive or demanding
for some students and families.
The specific device isn’t the important issue. It is the educative task. If we are writing an
essay it can be done on any word processing software/any device. If we are annotating a pdf
the same applies. If we are browsing the internet, then it is a browser we need, not a specific
browser. In the classroom the teacher will be concentrating on the task, not the specific
device the student has. Teachers can focus on browser based applications or generic tasks
such as text input which are available on any of our recommended devices.
The logistics of this for a school the size of Macleans is impossible to think of. In principle, the student needs to have a device on hand when it is required and this might sometimes be for just a short part of a lesson, but might be every lesson in the day. It is only going to be
possible if each student owns and is responsible for his/her own device.
This is an activity that is best done by technical specialists rather than the College itself. It is
one of the advantages of purchase from an approved education provider, who can offer
advice, service, loan machines, collect and deliver, insurance and lease to own options to go
along with the purchase of the device.
Ability to connect to a standard wireless network, good battery life (6 hours, or more),
internet browser, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tool, annotation,
sketching/diagrams, mind-mapping, web cam, media player, basic audio and video editing, –
not necessarily a complete list for all subjects and students. Google Apps for Education,
which used by all teachers and students at the College, is web based and has document
creation tools inherent. Handwritten input is an option that is very desirable, but does come
with cost attached e.g. the cost difference between a laptop with and without tablet mode,
but otherwise the same specifications. Refer to the ‘Recommended Devices’ list on the
RUP, Responsible Use Policy describes the appropriate behaviour of a student using IT
networks and/or equipment owned by the College. It also describes the appropriate
behaviour of a student using their own device at school. This document is signed by every
student and parent on enrolment and can be viewed on the Macleans website -> Network
BYOD offers excellent opportunities for students to be engaged in independent learning,
collaboration, creative thinking and interactive learning situations. It offers a vast array of
high quality international resources such as university research material and data bases and
other online resources such as those provided by the Ministry of Education specifically for
this purpose. Students engage in the kind of learning, and use skills and technologies that
they experience in higher learning situations and the workforce - students learn in a medium
that is ubiquitous in the world outside of a school.
Technology provides opportunities for learning that cannot be provided without it or are
quicker and more efficient.
The school Responsible Use Policy requires students only to use the Macleans Wireless Guest Network. This is a safe and monitored network.
The Responsible Use Policy covers what students are allowed to do while at school and
breaches will be dealt with in a variety of ways that are appropriate to the specific nature of
the breach.
The Responsible Use Policy covers this – the student is responsible for the maintenance,
repair and security of his/her own machine. The policies have been very seriously thought
through to provide good guidelines to prevent damage, loss and theft as much as is possible.
See the Responsible Use Policy - there are lockers provided for temporary storage when
needed. Student must purchase padlock from school office. Locker areas and all parts of the
school are well covered by security monitoring and our school policies support a very secure
A professional development programme has been running to develop teachers’ skills in this
area and will continue to do so.
Contact the provider of the equipment. Cyclone Computers and PB Technology (experienced
providers) offer advice, service, loan machines, collect and deliver, insurance and lease to
own options to go along with the purchase of the device.
It may be used by some teachers every day/every period or there may be periods when the
device is not used. It will be used only when the educative task will be enhanced by its use.
Suggestions of useful accessories are available on the providers website.
Devices come with a lot of preloaded software, depending on the device. Additional software
may be needed depending on the activities the student chooses to engage in. Many free
alternatives are available and teachers and students are encouraged to make use of these.
Most devices come set up and ready to use by the supplier
Yes. It is a student owned device. Software that is not allowed by the RUP must not be used
at school.
No. This is available free to any Macleans student. Further information is available on the
students’ IT information page.
All recommended devices have a full battery life of 6 hours or more. The student is expected
to charge the device at home every night in order to bring it to school fully charged the next
day. Use of the device at break times for amusements which provide a drain on the battery
need to be limited so that the charge can be expected to last for a full day