eLearning and BYOD
eLearning at Kāpiti College
Digital technologies will be used at Kāpiti College to:
Enable anywhere, anytime learning
Ensure personalised learning for all ākonga by providing flexibility and choice that meets individual learning needs
Encourage ākonga to be creators and innovators in the 21st century through effective use of digital tools
Empower all ākonga to participate in digital environments in a purposeful, responsible and meaningful way
Extend learning beyond the classroom to foster curiosity, engagement and enjoyment of learning
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
The New Zealand Curriculum specifically references the value of e-learning for our students, with digital fluency being a current Ministry of Education priority. At Kāpiti College we recognise the benefits that access to technology affords our students with their learning.
BYOD enables student to access their learning anytime, anywhere. It helps to support the continuity of learning between home and school as students can access class resources and support beyond the school gates. In addition to this, it provides increased opportunity for enriched learning experiences, with increased access to a huge range of electronic resources, as well as increased opportunity for collaborative learning to occur between peers.
Importantly, the use of technology in the classroom helps to prepare our students for future study and work environments.
BYOD at Kāpiti College
In 2019 we recommend students to bring a device such as a chromebook or laptop. We expect that all Y9 and Y10 students have their own device. A small number of chromebooks are available at school for daily borrowing from the library. We do not require you to purchase a specific model or from a specific retailer. However, one of the many realities in a school environment is that students require a chromebook or laptop that have the following specifications. Please note; cell phones, ipads (without a keyboard) and tablets (without a keyboard) are not appropriate:
- Battery life: should last 5-8 hours to be able to get through the day without recharging
- Weight: Light enough to be carried around throughout the day
- Dual Band Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n (5.0 Ghz) – this allows a more stable connection to our network.
- RAM: should be 4GB or more, so that programs can run fairly quickly (for Windows computers we recommend 8GB of RAM if possible)
- Screen size: 11” or bigger
- Insurance: the school cannot be responsible for damage or loss of electronic devices, so please make sure this is covered on your own policy
- Warranty: having a good 2 year or 3 year warranty is important as students who are using a device will want faults fixed quickly.
Kāpiti College is a Google Apps for Education school. We use a variety of Google Apps such as Drive, Classroom and Docs.
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust is a Trust that has been established in the Kāpiti district to improve student achievement through the provision of digital devices. Check out their website here.
The Trust aims to give children and their families in Kāpiti the opportunity to access appropriate learning tools, computers and programmes so that the children and families can benefit from these both at home and at school.
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust has been able to source computer devices at an exceptionally competitive price and has bundled the price with insurance and warranties.
Whakaaro Hou Education Trust will be offering a pricing package that includes a three year warranty, insurance and a bag, at well below retail pricing.
Families will be offered an opportunity to purchase a device outright or spread payment over finance options of 2 years or 3 years with weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. Finance options will include a nominal interest rate.
If you are interested please contact Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org