Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Information you will need to be aware of:

Minimum Device Specifications

  • A portable device – a laptop (or tablet). Please note that feedback from trials has found that a laptop provides greater flexibility and is therefore recommended in preference to tablets.
  • Running either Windows (PC’s), MacOS (Mac’s), iOS (ipads)
  • Capable of connecting to the internet wirelessly
  • Have a battery that can at least 6 or more hours
    6 hours is the MINIMUM that the battery should last.
  • Capable of playing both sound and video
  • Have a web cam installed
  • If using a laptop this should have at least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) and at least a 500GB hard drive or 128GB (256 GB recommended) SSD.
  • A suitable protective bag to carry the device.

Notes on the Liston College BYOD

  1. All students running any internet capable device will have access to the web based version of Office 365.
  2. Students running Windows based devices will have access to the desktop version of Office 365 / Office 2016 free of charge. This will be made available through the school from the start of the year for newly enrolled students. Currently enrolled students can access this software now.
    This is not available to students running MacOS or iOS due to the conditions of the Schools Microsoft Agreement.
  3. All students will have secure access to the College wireless network.  Access is monitored and delivered via the school’s enterprise firewall and content filter.
  4. All students will adhere to the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
  5. Students bringing their device are ultimately responsible for that device on the way to and from school and while at school. We do recommend having any device covered by the family’s contents insurance policy. Liston College is not liable for any damage or loss to a student device.
  6. The above specifications will be suitable for students in Years 7 – 13. For students in Years 11 – 13 it is highly preferable that students bring a laptop. Be aware that some software used in our courses is Windows only.

The classes that will be using BYOD devices will be taught in a way that makes full use of the potential that a digital device such as a tablet or laptop provides for enhanced levels of personalisation, participation and productivity.

Combined with effective teaching and if used responsibly by the students, these technologies can help them to pursue their own areas of research and interests in the areas being studied and beyond. 

They will enable greater collaboration with their teachers and fellow students and allow them to express themselves and their ideas even more effectively.