eLearning and BYOD

eLearning at Mairehau High School

Digital technologies will be used at Mairehau High School 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 Mairehau High School 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 Mairehau High School

In 2018 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. Currently, 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
  • Screen size: 11” or bigger
  • Antivirus – free is OK, like AVG
  • 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.

Mairehau High School is a Google Apps for Education school. We use a variety of Google Apps such as Drive, Classroom and Docs.

We have found that many retailers have competitive pricing and payment options so we would encourage you to shop around to find the deal most suitable for you.

Hardship Provision

If you are unable to provide your student with a device, we will have a small number of devices available for students to loan daily. This can be discussed with your child’s dean.

Chromebooks can also be paid off through the WINZ scheme for families on lower incomes. You do not need to be a WINZ client. A letter from the school must be provided in order to support the application.

Chromebook Recommendation

Mairehau High School recommends the Acer C731 chromebook.

This chromebook has been tested by eLearning experts and they have found that it is the most suitable and durable chromebook for junior (Year 9-10) high school students.

For more information on eLearning and BYOD please contact Assistant Principal, Rebecca Swanson swansonr@mairehau.school.nz or Alice Wackwitz wackwita@mairehau.school.nz