Why BYOD at Papatoetoe High School?

Papatoetoe High School is fully committed to embracing the digitally fluent culture of the 21st century and we understand the importance of enabling learners to achieve through individualised student centered  and authentic learning opportunities. In 2020 we mark the third year of our BYOD journey and all year 9 students are requested to bring their own device. The use of personal devices will expose our students to endless opportunities, allowing them to become confident and fluent digital citizens in a forever changing landscape.


We do not intend to become a paperless school. We still believe that it is important for students to use pen and paper. The digital device will be used

to support learning by allowing students to use online resources such as

Office 365, Google Classroom, digital learning artefacts, and ClassNote (to name but a few). We expect that teachers will continue learning alongside students as we co-construct our BYOD programme throughout 2019. The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom and outside. Ensuring your son or daughter has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. As technology is evolving and ever-changing, we will review our requirements and recommendations each year to give parents the opportunity to purchase a device that will best support student learning and last for the majority (if not all) of their son’s/daughter’s time school. To assist parents and caregivers in buying a suitable device at a price that is competitive, we have established a relationship with three suppliers, PB Technologies, Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming. The devices information is listed on our devices page of our website.

As more operational details become clear and for any further information about BYOD please check the BYOD section of our website. Should you have BYOD questions you can also email us at BYOD@papatoetoehigh.school.nz make things easy for you by establishing a relationship you may benefit from if you choose.

Finance options will be available as well as insurance and maintenance solutions through each provider. You are free to purchase your device from wherever you wish.