Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Wellington College has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach. We have recommended that all Year 9 and 10 students bring a tablet to maximise the benefits of a connected learning environment. We also encourage all other year groups to bring a tablet or laptop to enhance their learning.
A message from our Headmaster regarding BYOD for Year 9 and 10
Kia ora everyone. We are excited about our new Year 9 students arriving to join the Wellington College family. On arrival your boys will be immersed in a school culture that values its past but looks to the future. We are acutely aware that we are part of an ever-changing world of technology and communication. Therefore, we have invested heavily in the infrastructure required for ultra-fast broadband internet and all of our students have access to this through our wireless system.
We implemented the first full year of BYOD in 2014 and students used their own devices to enhance their learning, both during school and at home. From our experience, while mobile phones and iPods can connect to our wireless, they don’t have the sophisticated functionality or size to be of real benefit to the students’ learning. We feel that a tablet is the ideal device for our Year 9 and 10 students. It can source and create content with ease, thus making it a comprehensive learning tool for schoolwork and homework.
We, therefore, recommend that all Year 9 students bring a tablet to maximise the benefits of a connected learning environment. If your son already has a device (tablet or laptop) that you would like him to use, that's fine too.
We have developed a document to guide the Use Of ICT In The School. Rather than developing a list of rules, which become outdated quickly and often provide loopholes to exploit, we have attempted to ground the preferred behaviours to our school values. This document will be used to educate and shape our students’ thinking about their use of ICT.