Why BYOD at West Rolleston?


As a part of our vision, “we will nurture our learners to grow”, we are naturally passionate about future focussed learning. If our learners are going to be successful in what is a rapidly changing world, then their ability to apply meaningful learned knowledge and skills flexibly and creatively, in different situations, will be key.

The unique opportunity of beginning a new school gave us the chance to unbundle current effective teaching practices and the NZ curriculum and examine what were the best ways that our kids would learn the capabilities they need now and in the future.

The use of digital technologies is a key part of this. Through the use of digital technologies, the potential of what skills and capabilities our learners acquire, is so much greater than without. Over time, our learners will become digitally fluent. A digitally fluent person can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome. They can articulate why the tools they are using will provide their desired outcome.They can critique the relevance and accuracy of information they find, they can recognise and use the most effective methods of reaching their intended audience, they are an adept producer of digital content and they understand and can demonstrate how to use digital technologies responsibly including – digital security (self-protection), copyright.

We are committed to creating a balance for our learners. Having real life hands on experiences is still the key to learning, and we will use digital devices when it can enhance the learning or even better,create opportunities which are not possible with out the device.

In 2017 we introduced BYOC (Bring your own Chromebook) in years 5-8, which has been very successful. This is an optional programme and the school will continue to provide chromebooks for those learners who do not have one at a ratio of 1:3. A pod of iPads will also be provided in each studio.

The board of Trustees will contribute $100 towards the purchase of an approved device from our supplier. This is a way to assist our families into a very important part of learner access to devices.


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The reasons why are clear.

Our next question was what. What devices would best allow for this learning to take place? We have thoroughly researched this question, asked many experts and visited other BYOD schools and we have concluded that BYOD programmes are most successful when the same devices are used. We have also concluded that Chromebooks will be the best fit for our learners. It is important to note that the school will still continue to provide a group of iPads  and Chromebooks at a ratio of 1:3.

 Why Chromebooks?



We have decided on 2 Chromebook options for our learners.

Acer Chromebook C731 3YR + HARD CASE

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The Acer Chromebook 11 C731 is value-packed and highly portable with up to 12 hours of battery power to last a full school day on a single charge. Plus, it’s fast wireless connection delivers smooth web-based content and apps on a bright, high-resolution display.


Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731) with 3yr Warranty

Google Management Console Licence 
White glove Service 
NVS Hard Shell V3 11.6" (Black)

3yr Material Damage insurance – Nil excess

1.6GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor N3060

4GB of memory

Intel HD Graphics

16GB or 32GB eMMC for storage

720p HD webcam

Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2 MIMO)

Bluetooth 4.0

Built-in stereo speakers and microphone

Two USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, HDMI output and 3.5mm headphone/mic jack

Up to 12 hours of battery life

Fanless cooling for quiet operation

180-degree hinges to lay the screen flat for sharing



Acer Chromebook C738T (R11) 3YR + HARD CASE

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You can open this stylish touchscreen Chromebook all the way, until it becomes a tablet. On the way to 360 degrees of tablet fun, you can also stop to configure it as a stand-up display, or a tent-shaped display that lets you place it on a window sill so you can watch videos on the wide-viewing-angle screen while doing the dishes.


11.6’’ (1366x768) Glare Touch Screen

Intel Celeron Processor N3150 (2M Cache, Quad Core, up to 2.08 GHz)

4GB RAM DDR3, Non-expandable


3 cell, 36 WHr, 9.5 hours

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 7265, 802.11ac wireless LAN + Bluetooth 4.0

1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SD Card Slot, 1 x 3.5mm combo

Front-facing Integrated VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone

1.25 kg, 19.2 mm height

3 Year Warranty (included with laptop code)


Optional 3 year theft and damage insurance


Other costs?

From time to time learners may be required to purchase some core apps to use with their learning. Information will come home regarding this when necessary.

9 Reasons to purchase a recommended Chromebook


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How do I purchase a Chromebook?

Please click here to go to the Cyclone BYOD page. From there you can scroll down the list to find our school.

Login with the following details.

Login: westrollestonprimary

Password: wrpsbyod

You can simply choose which Chromebook you would like and pay online. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and ask us.