What to buy
Chromebooks – Good value for money and accesses all apps we used at Rāroa. Always connected to the internet.
Windows 10 Laptop – Versatile and easily available. Generally more expensive than a Chromebook. Can be used offline with installed applications.
Apple MacBook – More expensive with a longer device life with OS upgrades.
iPads/Android Tablets – Limited to onscreen keyboard, unless purchased with a Bluetooth keyboard. Not always compatible with all our school apps. iPads are generally quite expensive compared to Android tablets.
Purchasing a device
Devices can be purchased through Rāroa’s Norrcom purchasing portal – Norrcom is our IT supplier. All devices that are purchased are delivered to the school, meet our specifications, and are very competitively priced
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Use of mobile phones at school
Cell phones (Smartphones) can be useful as a secondary device, for on-the-spot learning or recording of learning. There is a higher risk of misuse, as the cellular network can be used to bypass the firewalls and content filters that Rāroa Normal Intermediate has set up. We recommend parents set up their own content filters for their child’s phone when on a cellular network.
Break and Lunchtime restrictions
Teachers will be requesting that students put their phones away at break time. We provide lockable storage which students can utilise or where necessary teachers will instruct students to lock them away.
During class time
Phones can be a powerful learning tool that can provide access to learning tools. Teachers will, however, restrict mobile use during class time, giving students access to their phones only when required for learning purposes, as stated in the student user agreement.