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Select devices that are suitable for the learning tasks they will be used for and the environment they will be used in. Device requirements may differ across year groups and subject areas. 

There are three main approaches for implementing 1:1 digital devices:

  • Locked down (school-provided or specified device and software)
  • Choose Your Own device (choose from a school list or to meet school specifications)
  • Bring Your Own anything (use any device and software).

Schools and their communities are best placed to determine the most appropriate approach, platform(s) and device(s) for their school.

As you investigate devices and device management, consider:

  • the minimum device requirements to fit the purposes for use
  • what devices and platforms contributing schools are using
  • what applications will be needed by students and teachers
  • how will software licensing and updates be managed?
  • what acceptable use policies and agreements would be appropriate?
  • will facilities be offered at school for device storage and charging?
  • what ICT helpdesk support will the school provide for students and teachers?
  • how will the school provide digital literacy and cybersafety education?
  • what security, anti-virus and privacy measures will be needed?
  • what insurance and extended warranty/indemnity cover would be appropriate and who will take out these policies?
  • how can disruptions to learning from lost/stolen/damaged devices be minimised?

1:1 digital device or BYOD programmes cannot work without a wireless network that provides adequate support, in terms of coverage, speed, and capacity for high concentrations of devices in small areas accessing digital resources concurrently.

The Ministry of Education is working to ensure schools are well placed to take advantage of learning with digital technologies. The School Network Upgrade Project  (SNUP) now includes the option of wireless connectivity. The N4L managed network  will provide all schools with Government funded access to reliable, fast, safe internet connections with uncapped data. Read more about Ministry initiatives to support learning with digital technologies in schools.

St Hilda's Collegiate are in their third year of introducing 1-1 laptops. Staff explain the process they went through to select MacBook Pros as the 1-1 device they are currently using. This involved identifying their needs, visiting other schools, trialling different equipment with staff and students, and looking at costs and servicing.

1-1 Computing at Queen Margaret College
In this EDtalk, Richard Knuckey from Queen Margaret College explains how his school has undertaken 1:1 laptops. At Queen Margaret College they have decided to have all students use the same device on a Windows platform. Richard explains the reasons behind this decision, the challenges they have faced, and how they have overcome these challenges.

1-1 Computing at Wellington High School
In this EDtalk, Ben Britton from Wellington High School explains the journey Wellington High School has taken around one to one computing. They have an open "bring-your-own-anything" approach. Ben discusses what this has involved for teachers and how they have solved the problems that arose.

Interface Magazine article – Staying safe online with a single solution  
An Interface Magazine article on Selwyn College's "BYO-anything" approach. All Selwyn students have a Google Apps account with 25GB of cloud-based storage to access word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, email, and basic image manipulation through a browser. To access the apps, students can bring in whatever device they wish to use.

Interface magazine article – A perfect partnership
An Interface Magazine article on Rosehill College's "locked down" approach. In 2013, Rosehill College decided to introduce BYOD for their Year 9 class. The college’s pedagogy drove the Google-centric environment (Android platform) and that, in turn, helped direct the selection of the preferred device type: Chromebooks.

Device choice in schools driven by the 'write' things?
A blog post by Connected Learning Advisor, Warren Hall, comparing laptops and tablets to help schools identify the best device fit for purpose. 

Software and licensing

Many schools are using learning management systems, student management systems, e-portfolios, school portals, blogging and social media tools. These tools can make it easier for students to transmit and collect assignments, for teachers to view and interact with students work online, and enhance communication with the school community.

Browser and cloud-based applications help provide universal access and more equitable user experience. Many vendors, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, provide free cloud-based applications and storage for education. Software for student devices and student device access to school servers is available under the Ministry's agreement with Microsoft. Read more about Ministry-funded software for schools .

Consider how you will manage software licensing, updates and network permissions. Mobile device management (MDM) software can be used to help manage iBook and app deployment, software licensing and updating, device settings and network access. You may find that as the number of student devices accessing your school network grows beyond 20-50, the time and complexity of managing the devices warrants an MDM solution. Some MDM providers offer their software to schools at no cost, many charge a "per user" license fee. Managed solutions provided over the internet are becoming more prevalent, as they can help to reduce administrative burdens on schools.   

Applications you select for your school’s devices are very dependant on the needs of the students and the work they are doing. Volume purchasing programmes can provide substantial discounts for buying in bulk. Consider the features of 'free' applications versus paid applications, and what data you might have to provide when you use free apps. 

Read and participate in these software discussions in the VLN.

School stories

Device storage and systems

Managing battery life
Systems manager Alistair Montgomery describes St Hilda's management to ensure students can keep working on their laptops all day, relying on the battery. Charging stations are monitored with security cameras. Built-in chargers are being developed for students to use to enable them to keep working if necessary.

ICT support

Wellington Girls College Tech Angels  
The Tech Angels are a student-run group at Wellington Girls' College which aims to develop the use and integration of ICT into the curriculum. Their website provides information about staff and student mentoring, and resources for starting up a Tech group.

Policies and systems

Many schools have developed 'Acceptable Use' policies and student agreements to guide how devices are used at school, and clarify responsibilities and processes. Digital citizenship, cybersafety and privacy are often part of these agreements and policies.  

Such policies and user education are particularly important where students have internet access that isn't managed/filtered by the school, for example: 3G/4G cellular internet connections and free local wifi networks. 

Consider what the implications of inappropriate device use will be. Surrender and retention of property and searches – Guidelines  came into force on 01 January 2014. The rules and guidelines assist schools to deal with situations where when the surrender and retention of property from students is contemplated.

Student bring your own device guidelines
The NSW Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) guidelines contain information for schools that choose to allow student use of personal mobile electronic devices at school. 

VLN Community discussions


NetSafe Kit for Schools
The NetSafe Kit for Schools sets out a comprehensive programme of cybersafety for New Zealand schools and covers key issues for staff, parents, and students.

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Privacy in schools: A guide to the Privacy Act for principals, teachers, and boards of trustees
This book by New Zealand privacy lawyer Kathryn Dalziel and published by the Privacy Commissioner, gives practical advice to schools about how the Privacy Act works. It includes discussions and examples of each of the privacy principles and looks at other relevant legislation that may need to be applied first. It is downloadable as a PDF.