Paparoa Street School has invested in developing Information and Communications Technology

Information and Communications Technology


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We live in a digital world where digital devices are embedded in our everyday lives. These tools are opening up new and different ways of teaching and learning. At Paparoa Street School, we believe that when children are provided with relevant, high quality learning opportunities with access to digital devices, their learning can be deeper and more differentiated.


‘Best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement. e-Learning has the potential to transform the way teaching and learning takes place. It is about using technologies effectively across the curriculum to connect schools and communities and to provide accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities so that every student is better able to achieve their full potential’.
TKI - Enabling eLearning


BYOD - Bring your own device

We would like to invite Year 5 & 6 children to bring their own device to school. This means that families can decide if they would like their child to bring a device to school to support their child’s learning. Currently, in the Year 5 & 6 classes, children have access to 1 school owned device between 2 children. If your child does not bring a personal device, a school owned device will be available ​to share.

We hope to start our BYOD initiative in early Term 2, 2016.


Why are we using devices in schools?

Children have access to an abundance of information via the internet that comes in various forms such as written or video. We learn in different ways and when children have a device available to them their learning can become personalised. This means that they can learn from reading websites, articles, skyping an expert or from watching video. Working collaboratively helps children articulate their thinking, discuss and make meaning. How do they show their understanding and apply it to the real world? If they feel that a device is the best way to show their understanding then they could share it as an e-book, video, animation, draw and record their voice,

using an App. There are many possibilities. All of these can be shared to a meaningful audience.

Teaching and Learning goals for BYOD at Paparoa Street School:

  •   To facilitate learning any time, any place at their pace.

  • To create a deeper engagement and motivation in learning by providing

    multiple ways of presenting content and information

  •   To give children choice in the way they learn, create, and show their


  •  To communicate and collaborate with teachers, peers, parents.

  •  To offer opportunities to connect globally with experts, issues and other



    Our network is set up to meet modern technical standards, which means most devices should work well within our network. However, as you know technology doesn’t always fit seamlessly. Our school doesn’t have an onsite technical person to address technical issues. Students need to be able to navigate around their own device and know how to perform basic functions such as connecting to a Wifi network. Devices must have a battery life of at least 4 hours. We know that the devices we use at school work well, but we cannot guarantee that all other devices will work flawlessly within our network. For your child to have the best learning experience with their device, we recommend these devices:

  •  iPad iOS 7 or later (iOS 9 recommended)

  •   Chromebook less than 2 years old

  •  Android tablet less than 2 years old (well known brand such as Samsung etc)

  •  Laptop minimum 11” screen (Mac OSX 10.7 or later, or Windows 7 or later

    If you are thinking about a device for primary and intermediate, please refer to Heaton Intermediate’s ​BYOD website

    What does this mean for you and your child?

  •  Having a personal device allows for the child to set up the device to suit their learning needs, to continue with their learning anywhere at anytime and no wasting time with logging in and out of a device.

  •   Their digital device will be a learning tool that is integrated into the curriculum to support and enhance their learning.

  •   The device is a tool and will only be used if this tool fits with the purpose of the learning. Pencil and books are tools that are also critical to learning.

  •  The device can only be used when the BYOD agreement has been signed by the parents and child.

  •   Your child will be given the opportunity to store their device in a lockable cupboard during morning tea, lunch time and when people are out of the classroom.

  •   Insurance for the device is the parent’s responsibility.

    Further Readings and research:

    What difference do technological devices make to student learning and achievement?

  • Download from Google Drive
    Ubiquitous Learning - Learning anywhere, anytime​The Global Transformation in Education

    Rethinking Learning 


For the school's policy framework around BYOD, visit our Schooldocs site, and search BYOD 

The Schooldocs' site's username is paparoa, password pathway

Keeping Children Safe Online - John Parsons


Google Apps for Education


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