On this page we have information regarding our BYOD programme and at the bottom of this page, we have information on keeping yourself safe online.

There are additional PDF's at the bottom of this page.


BYOD Programmme

In 2016 we introduced a Bring Your Own Device Pilot to our students in Year 7&8.  We are finding this programme very beneficial and will continue with the BYOD iPad programme for 2018.  We have considered introducing this to Year 5&6, but will not be doing this in 2018.


Objectives for 2018

  • Continue with iPad BYOD programme

  • Support Mobile Device Management System (MDM) to further manage both institution and student BYOD devices, including managing what apps will work on student devices when within our school network

  • Include in both Steeple Rock and Year 7&8 newsletters how teachers and students are using the iPads

  • Develop strategies to assist greater numbers of parents to view student learning at home

  • Investigate and incorporate more creative ways of using iPads

  • Provide additional professional development for staff to use creative features of iPads

  • Being more targeted with app choices

  • Promote further that we use iPads in many ways, not just for Google Apps

  • Complete parent and student survey in Term 2, 2018

  • Run parent/student sessions on internet safety, digital citizenship and how to manage devices in your home

A Natural Progression

In Term 2 2015, we piloted with our Year 7 & 8 students Google Apps for Education.  This is a suite of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration.  The students overwhelmingly indicated that they found this highly beneficial for their learning and in particular for their Science Fair entries.  They valued the ability to collaborate with peers and the opportunity to gain high quality and timely feedback from their teacher.  

In Term 3 2015, a number of Year 7&8 students requested to bring their own device to School to assist them with their learning.  We were able to develop systems and practices for this to occur.

In the past couple of years, the School has invested in our ICT infrastructure.  We have had a cabled network upgrade (SNUP upgrade) which included wireless coverage through the school.  We also have Ultra Fast Broadband in the School through our Network for Learning (N4L) connection.  

In 2017 we will introduce a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system to ensure we have the ability to get the most from the student BYOD device.  

We have also surveyed Year 7&8 parents and students to find out what is working well and where we can imporve.  The survey is available as a PDF at the bottom of this page and we have included our 2018 goals for the BYOD programme on this page.

The Value of BYOD to Your Child’s Education

There has been a great deal of talk in and around education recently about the impact of portable devices in the classroom.  For us, we are looking to introduce a tool that will add significant educational opportunities for both the student and teacher.   We are not only looking for a tool that can publish written material, but a cost effective, creative tool that has a proven record in education.  It is important to understand that it is the purpose of learning that informs the action of learning. In other words, “what needs to be achieved?” and then “what is the best tool for the job?” Where technology presents as the best tool, it should be used.

We will use a blended e-learning approach.  We will use a blend of traditional approaches to teaching and learning, as well as using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to support or facilitate learning.  Our goal is to develop the student's ability to select the right tool for the right task; which could be pen and paper or a computer.

Students will bring their device to school each day and it will be used in a variety of ways to enhance their education.  We expect that the device will be used for approximately one third of the teaching day. We need the device to have a long battery life, not too heavy for their bag and be as robust as possible.  The device must also be wireless capable, have a camera and have a good warranty.

Parents and students may have many questions about the BYOD program and how it will be implemented at Seatoun School.  It is important for parents and the school community to keep in mind the context in which we are working.   The Ministry of Education is strongly encouraging New Zealand primary schools a move to take advantage of the learning opportunities that Information Communication Technology (ICT) offers.  The Ministry has provided some support with infrastructure but to a large extent is up to each school to investigate the opportunities e-Learning offers the school, navigate the way into adopting ICT and to fund it.

Recommending One Device - Apple iPad

Seatoun has intentionally been a fast follower when it comes to technology.  We are happy to learn from the earlier adopters. From this learning, it became apparent that strongly recommending one device and having that device in the hands of most/all students, plus the teachers, considerably assisted in the quality of the programme delivered.  This was particularly the case with students in Year 7-8.   We have chosen, as our prefered device, the Apple iPad.  

We have chosen the Apple iPad for a number of significant reasons, including the iPad’s versatility, portability, camera, app selection, battery life and user-friendliness.  The teachers in Year 7&8 will demonstrate and plan where appropriate, their lessons for the iPad.  There are a number of iPad models available and all are suitable for the classroom (iPad and iPad Mini).

We would prefer each student to have an iPad but understand that for a number of valid reasons this will not be possible. In these situations students could bring a tablet/computer running Windows or another OS. We will not be planning our lessons based on other platforms. We do have some technology available for students to continue to use at school, and at times all students may be using our suite of technology.

Recommended Specifications

We see that the faster the iPad is, the better it is for students.  A 4 year old iPad is not at all ideal.

The latest iPads only come in 32 or 128GB.  Both will work. 

If using 32GB the user will need to manage space, compress projects and save to the cloud.

128GB will give you more room to fill!

There is quite a price point difference between the two models.  

In particular, we see the following specifications as required:

5th generation or newer.  The latest as of Nov 2017, is called iPad 9.7, the next most recent is iPadAir2
Full size iPad
Keyboard protective case with hard cover to protect screen (some prefer a keyboard and others don't)  Paying for a quality case and keyboard is advisable.  Broken screens have occurred when students do not have a solid protective case.  This is one option.

No Cellular capable devices please.

All BYOD Devices are enrolled in our Mobile Device Management Platform (ZuluDesk).  This allows us to 'deploy' Apps the school pays for, for students to use and allows us to provide a high level of internet filtering to protect students.  When the student leaves our school the MDM is removed from their device (Apps and their contents will be deleted as well).



Below are PDF's of additional useful information.


How can I protect myself online 

There are a number of excellnt resources for parents and students.  These include;


Key points for studentscontent taken from www.connectsmart.govt.nz

  1. Use strong passwords – including on your mobile phone
  2. Be aware of common scams and phishing – be suspicious of unexpected emails; don’t click on attachments or links that you don’t recognise.
  3. Be careful about how much personal information you post online, including on social media – it will be there forever and may fall into the wrong hands.
  4. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Pop-up” freebies or other amazing offers may not be what they seem; don’t fall for them! 
  5. Know that computers can get infected from certain emails, attachments, USBs, CD ROMs or DVDs
  6. If you are unsure, check with your teacher or parents.  

Key points for adults - view content on www.connectsmart.govt.nz