Digital Devices

Digital Fluency 

Learn - Create - Share

Important: if you are bringing a chromebook to College that has been used at home or a previous school, make sure any data on the device is saved to a USB stick.  The chromebook will be reset to factory settings before we add the management console.

All year 7 to 13 Classrooms integrate digital learning into all curriculum areas to make learning more effective and engaging. To enable this students all use their own personal digital devices for their learning. Ōtaki College uses Google Apps for Education and Hapara for its digital curriculum delivery and Chromebooks are the best devices to allow this.  Chromebooks are quick to deploy, manage, and set policies for the whole school. Part of this management means that Chromebooks are only able to be used at College by the student who has been assigned that Chromebook.

Year 7 to 11 (Chromebooks ONLY)

Year 12 to 13 - Currently senior students at Ōtaki College have the choice of which digital device to use. Students at this level may wish to keep using their Chromebook or purchase a digital device at this time to meet their particular online and software needs for specific learning, and for when they leave college. This option is available for laptops only as we do not believe that mobile phones or tablets have the capacity for this sort of specialised activity. 

Cyber Smart -Student internet access is monitored by the NZ Crown Company N4L (Network for Learning) and our own filtering service. This helps students become good cyber citizens in an age where internet threats and inappropriate material are commonly available. The filtering is enabled for each year level, with a reducing scale as students move up each year level.

Our current Network and Internet Use Agreement, combined with a Kawa of Care and digital citizenship education will be part of a student’s orientation. Should any student be found engaging inappropriately with content, equipment or use of the ICT tools, this will be worked through according to our Restorative Practices/Positive Behaviour for Learning system.


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