At Twizel Area School, our Year 1-6 learners have access to appropriate devices for learning in their classrooms. In Years 7-13 students are expected to bring their own school-suitable device for learning. We advise a Chromebook (Y7-10) or laptop (Y7-13) with a screen no smaller than 10 inches.

The New Zealand Digital Technology Curriculum is a compulsory aspect to learning. The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning in the classroom and outside.  Purchasing a device requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. 

Laptops, Notebooks, and MacBooks are preferred for senior students (Years 11 -13) as they support all software that may be required at senior levels. Chromebooks are a better option up to Year 10 as students work in a google apps environment. Android Tablets and Apple iPads are light and portable and may work in certain situations, but are limited in functionality. Tablets coupled with a keyboard improve their functionality, but they are still limited to an apps environment.

All students who bring their own device to school must sign the BYOD Agreement upon enrolling at Twizel Area School.

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Technology company Cyclone have an online ordering portal to make it easier for parents and caregivers to purchase BYOD devices for rangatahi.

There is a range of Chromebook and Windows devices that students can select along with a number of accessories. All devices come with a three-year warranty and options for damage insurance.

The ordering portal is live and parents can order devices using the password below. Payment can be made online or via direct debit and devices will be delivered directly to the nominated address.

Password: tasbyod

Netsafe and CERT NZ have teamed up to give parents and caregivers some top tips for purchasing and using BYOD devices:

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