BYOD at MH
What is BYOD?
BYOD is ‘Bring Your Own Device’. At Manurewa High School we highly recommend that students have a laptop to assist them with their studies. Teachers are shifting their learning programmes to meet the needs of the 21st century digital citizen, using laptops to research, produce digital outcomes, communicate and collaborate. The device will be used every day at school and at home to assist with learning and achievement.
What type of device is needed?
After much research and robust discussions with parents, students, teachers and IT specialists, we have selected the best device for purchase: Laptop minimum requirements (4GB, 128GB SSD, exact model TBC). This device is lightweight and versatile while providing maximum performance for students of all year levels. The device also comes with Microsoft Windows 10, Wireless capability, Webcam, Microphone and a 5+hour battery life. Antivirus and web-filtering software will also be installed.
Where can you buy this laptop?
In 2019, We have teamed up with Noel Leeming to put together a complete package, which includes the device, carry case, 3-year total warranty and 3-year damage and loss insurance. There are several payment options available, including buying outright, finance with 1-3 year payment terms. Download and print the Flyer below and take it into the Manukau Supercentre Noel Leeming store.
What if I can't afford a laptop or I think I will struggle with the repayments?
We appreciate that the cost of a laptop for school is significant. Our partners Noel Leeming offer finance for up to 3 years which brings the cost down to as little as $6.07 per week. Please be aware that they will undertake a credit-check though. If you feel that you will be unable to arrange finance, there is support from WINZ. If WINZ are unable to help, then we do offer a hardship grant where you can loan a laptop through the school. All we ask is that your child looks after and returns the device. A $100 refundable bond is also required.
How can I help my child learn with their laptop?
Take an interest in the work your child completes on their laptop:
Ask to see the work completed as often as you can
Question what they have learned and how they have learned it
Ask your child to teach you how to use the apps, websites and other online resources. This is empowering for them
Contact your child’s teachers if you have any questions about the work they complete in school
What different programmes will be child be using at MH and can I support their use?
At MH teachers use a range of electronic applications to deliver learning. Below is a summary of the main ones:
How can I help my child care for their BYOD laptop?
Please encourage your child to look after their laptop at home and at school
Hold the laptop properly – not by the screen
Use the laptop storage case provided to protect against bumps, drops and water
If raining, place the laptop in a plastic bag within the school bag
Do not give the laptop to other students to use during the day
Ensure the laptop is not left on the floor or on chairs
Work with your child to ensure the device is ready for use
Come up with a routine so that the laptop is charged and packed each morning
Make sure that software updates are completed regularly as these will slow the machine down
Power off the machine each evening
If the machine gets lost/broken/stolen, please do the following:
Lost: Once you know the device is lost, please inform your child’s Kaitiaki. We can arrange in school for a loan laptop until you can provide a replacement.
Broken: If the device gets broken get your child to immediately take the device into the school library. Here the librarians will take the device and forward it onto the technicians for analysis. From here it may be able to be fixed on-site or sent off-site for repair. Remember that school-recommended laptops are under warranty for three-years and have insurance which often covers accidental damage (although a small excess payment may be required)
Stolen (in school): Ensure your child knows that if the laptop goes missing during the day they should immediately report it to a member of staff (probably the whanau team, contact details on this website). We will then attempt to retrieve the device.
Stolen (out of school): If the device is stolen outside of school it is important that you immediately report the theft to the Police who will provide you with a reference number. Please contact Kristina Pethybridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) and inform her of this reference number. An insurance claim can then be made.