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Chromebooks at Waterloo - 2017


Year 4-6  2017 BYOD Option  



The purpose and goals of this BYOD option is to develop and lift student achievement in core curriculum areas of reading, writing and mathematics. A modern learning environment is where learning is enhanced so students are better prepared for and experienced in a range of digital media and tools.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an established concept in which students bring their own device to school to assist their learning.  Waterloo School throughout 2015 had several students who brought their own devices to school and received the benefits associated with doing so.  

A full BYOD classroom (1 chromebook to every child) has unlimited potential to enhance and improve learning by opening new and different ways of learning.

  • Quicker access to information found on the World Wide Web.
  • Devices and learning are taken home.
  • Increased engagement from learners.
  • File and information sharing between teachers and students.
  • Collaboration through connected learning.
  • Future ready students.
  • Personalised Instruction through flipped classroom & individual access.
  • Increased communication between home and school.


The statement below from The New Zealand Curriculum defines how schools should view and approach E-learning through the use of ICT.  There are many New Zealand schools currently embarking on some sort of BYOD or 1to1 device solution.  Recent ongoing research highlights the benefits of increasing the use of such devices in educational settings. 



Required Hardware

Chromebooks have been chosen due to their portability, battery life, ease of use and ability to enhance collaboration
Any model of Chromebook is accepted.    
Waterloo School has bought the Acer C730 model due to structural design for the education markets
Purchase Options
1.     All models can be purchased through your normal electronics retailer
2.     Purchase via Schooled Up IT at a school discounted price. – see flyer

Device bought from retailer other than SchooledUp IT:

-         If you buy your own Chromebook it will need to be handed in to be put on the network, licenced and set up for use at school. There is a $95.00 cost payable before your child may use their Chromebook in class.


Apps required

Google Apps for Education
Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with the Google Apps for Education suite of productivity and collaboration tools. This suite includes Google Docs (word processing), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Forms.
All work is stored in the cloud.
Chrome Web Apps and Extensions
Waterloo School will add appropriate apps and extensions on the Chromebooks through the school management console
Students are responsible for the web apps and extensions they install on their Chromebooks.
Some web apps will be available to use when the Chromebook is not connected to the Internet.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below a list of frequently asked questions and answers.  If you have a question that is not on this list please contact us, we are more than happy to help.
Why have Chromebooks been chosen?
A Chromebook is a personal computer running Google Chrome OS as its operating system.
The device is designed to be used while connected to the Internet and support applications that reside on the Web, rather than traditional applications that reside on the machine itself. All the data is stored in the "cloud" accessed by an internet connection. The operating system updates automatically every six weeks.
Is it compulsory?
It  is not compulsory for all Year 4 - 6 students to have Chromebooks.
Can my child use another device from home instead?
Other schools experiences have shown us that having a single device enables the optimum use of the device for the entire class, and the teachers. Multiple devices using multiple platforms and varied programmes result in an unacceptable level of downtime of the devices, due to incompatibility issues, and create more work for the teachers outside of their teaching role. For this reason the decision has been made to only allow Chromebooks to be brought to school by children. Under certain circumstances we allow other devices to be used. This is on a case by case discussion with the Deputy Principal.
Will my child maintain and improve his/her handwriting ability?
Children will still use pen and paper for parts of their learning. By 2017 the government has indicated that all NCEA level subjects will be examined electronically – keyboard skills are becoming an inherent part of how our children will learn.
Will my child play games on the Chromebook at school?
Educational games may be used by the teacher to assist the students with their learning. Students will only be allowed to use their Chromebooks for learning activities, under the direction of the teacher.
How will the school keep my child safe while using the Internet?
Just as we currently do, we will continue to have filtered access to sites accessible through our network.
How will the school keep the Chromebook safe while my child is at school?
There will be a user agreement for students and parents to sign and this will outline some expectations around the care of the device. Students bring a Chromebook at their own risk but classroom teachers will be expected to ensure that provision is made to both educate the child and assist them to care for their device. You should make sure your have the device insured as the school will not be responsible for breakages or damage. Devices need to come to school fully charged.
What about insurance cover?
Insurance covering the device is the responsibility of parents/caregivers.  Usually devices will be covered under contents insurance but it would pay to check with your insurer. 
Will my child be the only one using their device?
As learning is a collaborative experience there may be times when your child is required to "share their screen" with other students however they would remain in control and have responsibility for their device. We would not request your child to lend their device to others.
Will pen and paper no longer be used?
Pen and paper will still be used.  Some tasks (notes, planning) can be easier and quicker when performed by hand and allow for viewing alongside a device.  It is about choosing the right tool for the job, whether that be pen, paper or the device.  A revised stationery list will be provided taking the reduced use of pen and paper into consideration.


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