BYODAs our world continues to evolve, we need our young people to be confident, creative and connected; to be active, life-long learners. It is important our education system backs the development of our students’ values, knowledge and competencies so they are set up for success. Digital technologies are an important part of your child’s world as they use them to connect with each other, to learn new skills and pursue their interests. Technology also offers new opportunities for teachers and leaders, as well as new ways for you, your whānau, iwi and community to contribute to your child’s learning.From 2021, BYOD laptop is compulsory for Year 9 students. it is our philosophy that a laptop brought to school is for education purposes and sits alongside the many other teaching and learning tools we provide. It is important the laptop brought to school meets specifications, which are outlined below.SpecificationsPlease read through the BYOD specifications, prior to buying a new device. Be sure you understand the processes surrounding warranty, replacement, and repair through your chosen retailer. Long Bay College requires students to work on a laptop, which are robust enough to run the various digital technologies that allow the best range of opportunities for learning. This allows students to be able to use the device’s hard drive. Chrome books do not have this capacity which means they are not appropriate for use. The operating platform we use is Microsoft 365, which includes Microsoft Teams.Providing equitable access to students to procure a device is important. We have teamed up with Noel Leeming to bring you special offers. We also have several support systems in place.The minimum technical requirements are outlined here: Other considerations: Weight and portability, especially for juniors. Students carry their device from class to class throughout the day. Long battery life (7 hours +) is another major consideration. Students may not be able to charge their device at school. It is expected students bring their device to school fully charged each day. Robustness – an excellent quality build with robust hinges and a rugged hard shell to provide durability Headphones will be necessary for listening to sound. The device needs a headphone port. Warranty – students using the device will want faults fixed quickly, having a 2 or 3 year warranty is recommended. The College will not be able to repair services. Insurance – the College insurance does not cover personal property. You will need to ensure you are covered for replacement if the device is lost, stolen, or damaged.Operating system and getting startedWe work with the Microsoft 365 operating package, including Microsoft Teams. Check back soon for resources about how to get started. For free internet safety filters and resources for parents, please click here. Student guidelinesFor all information about ICT use at Long Bay College, please click here. Purchasing your BYOD We’ve teamed up with Noel Leeming to bring you special prices for devices. Find out more at Noel Leeming in store or click here. Support for a BYOD purchaseTo ensure students reach their full potential in the face of financial hardship, Long Bay College will endeavour to assist families with a laptop purchase through the school or through links to support agencies. There are a number of avenues open for support, ranging from BYOD pricing for Long Bay College Students at Noel Leeming, Interest Free Loans, in association with Noel Leeming and Good Shepherd NZ’s NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme), through to Loan Laptops direct through the College (limited number available). Do I qualify for Nils?You will need to be:Entitled to a Community Services Card Reside in your current premises for more than three months Show a willingness and capacity to repay Long Bay College SupportWho is the individual support for? Children and young people who attend Long Bay College as a domestic student, whose families are in financial hardship. What can I get help for? The support is to provide a laptop for schoolwork, for at school and completion of work at home When will my application be reviewed? This laptop remains the property of the school and its allocation will be reviewed annually. What information do I need to submit an individual grant?A copy of your child’s birth certificate OR passport OR resident visa.Your valid Community Services card OR two months of bank statements for all accountsHow are individual applications assessed? Each application is considered on its merits and allocation of a laptop is at the discretion of Long Bay College. Please include as much information about you and your children’s circumstances to assist in making their decision by emailing us on: firstname.lastname@example.orgSchool owned devices have an insurance excess of $100. A refundable bond of $100 is required. Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is BYOD? Bring Your Own Device. What specifications does Long Bay College require for the device? Please see specifications further up this page.Do you have a recommended retailer? Please take a copy of our device specifications to any electronic retailer. However, Noel Leeming is providing a special offer for the students of Long Bay College. Please click here. What should I do if I cannot afford to purchase a device? Please visit (insert link) How do I get my device ready for the academic year? Long Bay College will be holding a Year 9 Digital Orientation and also see the section above with Microsoft 365 Support information. What do I do if I am experiencing technical difficulties with my device at home or school? For hardware issues please see your retailer that you purchased the laptop from. For software issues, please visit the IT Technician located in O Block.Where can I charge my device? It is an expectation that students bring their device to school each day, fully charged. What happens if I damage or misplace my device? The College’s insurance does not cover personal property. You will need to ensure you are covered for replacement if the device is lost, stolen, or damaged.