At Avondale Primary School, we are continually reflecting on how effectively we are preparing our students to be future-focussed continual improvers.   The challenge is to equip children with skills, rather than concentrating predominantly on the knowledge to be learnt.  It is our responsibility and privilege to  support the intent  of the New Zealand Curriculum which aims to  develop connected, global citizens who understand and apply the Key Competencies of managing self, participating and contributing, relating to others, thinking and using language symbols and text.

One way of doing this is by learning in the digital world.  Essentially this means that our students will use a range of devices in becoming computer-literate and responsible digital citizens –   learning anywhere and anytime.

Recently, we have trialled BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) informally and it has been very successful in regards to academic achievement and in bridging the gap between home and school.   Thinking ahead , we are going to investigate teacher practice and student agency and how we can enhance learning by implementing this technology in a more formalised way.

These are exciting times!  Just the fact that the future is uncertain, offers such wonderful opportunities. 

byod3BYOD stands for Bring Your Own DeviceThis means teachers are encouraging students in years 3 – 6 to bring and utilize the technology they already have – whether it be iPad, laptop, or another device for engaging learning activities.

Your child can access their learning anytime, anywhere, which means that their learning opportunities are not confined to school hours.  BYOD enables the opportunity to provide personalised learning in a manageable way.  It also allows for collaboration with both student to student and student to teacher. 

Minimum Device Requirements:

  • Battery life – 5 to 6 hours to get through a school day without recharging
  • Weight – light enough for your child to carry easily to school
  • Wireless access – must have wireless access to the internet
  • Screen Size: No smaller than 20 cm Diagonally – Size of iPad mini
  • Laptops – must have up-to-date anti-virus software

BYOD school Contract document

Cyber Safety and Permissions form

Rethinking Pedagogy for a digital age

Digital Technologies – what does the research tell us 

Computer Games and Learning

Digital Technologies in the Curriculum

If you have any questions, feel free to email