ICT For Learning

Why ICT for Learning?

Our students live in an analogue and digital world and need to continue developing skills of Digital Citizenship.
ICT for Learning opens possibilities for greater levels of personalisation, collaboration and connection to learning beyond the classroom.
Many of our students are already using digital devices outside of school to communicate and learn. We would like to make our school resources available so that the potential of those devices can be used to further enhance learning.

Our Core Learning Elements

Extending Learning

Connecting to learning resources beyond the classroom at any time.  Visiting learning material before lessons, real-time sharing, and lesson review.


Working, sharing and learning with other individuals and teams within and beyond the classroom.

Self-Regulation and Feedback

  • Organising and planning learning
  • Using learning goals and success criteria
  • Reviewing work based on feedback

Appropriate Learning Devices

Recommendations for widest possible use

  • full operating system such as Windows 10
  • 10” or larger screen with external keyboard
  • sufficient battery charge for 6 hours use
  • a tough shell or protective covering

Performance appropriate for use

  • Low end machines generally have good battery life and will run core Office applications provided multi-tasking is not required - suitable for junior courses and some senior courses. Costs will likely range from  $360 to $700.
  • Mid to high end machines may have i5 or i7 processors, greater hard drive size, better memory (RAM) and be more suitable for specialist courses such as  art, design and media. Costs will likely be $800 and above.

Chromebooks, iPads and MacBooks

We do not recommend Chromebooks or iPads as their features are more limited than with a full operating system. However, if an iPad is  already owned, this can be a reasonable beginning device. Macbooks - these have no advantage over a similarly specified PC and you will pay more.

Device configurations change regularly, as do prices and there are a wide range of suitable devices.

Will the school be operating a purchasing programme?

Not at this time, although we have relationships with a number of resellers who understand our preferences.

  • Cyclone (online only) - We have purchased desktops  and laptops from Cyclone for many years. Bulk purchasing for many New  Zealand schools of a selected range of devices means that they provide  excellent hardware packages including warranty and insurance options.  Cyclone list a small number of items that we have approved. They operate  an online shop through which special pricing is available for our  students.   http://byod.cyclone.co.nz/westlakeboys      Username: westlakeboys Password: wbhs
  • PB Technologies - PBTech sells a wide range of laptops and netbooks. Their online website is at   http://www.pbtech.co.nz/, and they have provided pricing for a range of suitable models at www.pbtech.co.nz/edu.  (Please note that while Chromebooks and iPads are listed, we do not  recommend these). Packages can include warranty, insurance and finance  options.  PB Technologies also have a physical store in Wairau Park  where these prices are available. Joshua Yoon is our main contact and  can help you. He can also be emailed at [email protected]
  • Noel Leeming - Noel Leeming staff are aware of our  preferred devices and can give advice and provide a range of suitable  devices with various warranty, insurance and finance arrangements. Our  closest store is in Wairau Park. NLG offer 30 minutes free training  & complimentary Loan devices during warranty repair.   https://www.nlgcommercial.co.nz/

Our Digital Learning Environment

Office 365

Our Core Suite of applications. Accessible both online and offline.  Students can download and install Microsoft Office for free at portal.office.com using their school email address. Versions of Office, Teams and OneNote are available for all platforms.



Microsoft OneNote works like an electronic ring-binder to store and  record all notes, images and other material. Freely available on all  devices, it is one of the best tools to help students keep their  material organised. OneNote notebooks can be synchronised offline to laptops and mobile devices.


Students are responsible for their own backups. This may be on a USB  stick or an external hard drive. Even better is to use the 1TB that is  allocated to each student in their school OneDrive (their O365 cloud storage). Students can store and share documents and work on them in a browser or on desktop software.

Microsoft Teams

Teams is the central location for student resources for each class. This includes areas for conversations, calendar, file sharing, assignments and a Class Notebook for organisation, student work and feedback. Access is through our start page. There is also a freely available Teams app for all mobile devices.

Supporting ICT for Learning

We have prepared for ICT for Learning with site-wide wireless, improved internet access speeds and a comprehensive firewall system to monitor and filter usage.

Student Device Care and Security

It is important that students take responsibility for their own equipment, naming their device, handling it carefully and storing it securely when not in use.

Care and Security of Personal Devices

Mishandling portable devices is the largest cause of problems. Most devices will come with care guidelines which we advise users to read. The following are conditions that we recommend.

  • Portable devices should be protected by a username and password. This should not be disclosed to other students.
  • Always store the Portable Computers in the protective bag.
  • Avoid storing it at the bottom of your school bag - pressure from books can damage the screen and hinges.
  • Do not store anything additional to the Portable Computers within  the Portable Computer’s sleeve (e.g. cords, papers or disks), as this may damage the screen.
  • Carry your device within its protective cover inside your normal school bag. Do not overfill your school bag - pressure on the device can cause permanent damage to the screen and other components.
  • Never lift the device by the screen. This will stress the hinge mechanism, which also carries the power supply to the screen.
  • Never leave your device in a car or in an exposed area where it can be stolen.
  • Never leave your device in unsupervised areas during the school day.

Security of devices while at school

The security of a student-owned device is the responsibility of the student. We suggest that when going to the library the device is taken into the library. Where students are in physical education, your teacher will provide guidelines for safety of equipment. If you have a lockable locker, this is the best location for your device while in PE.

Service and Support

We are able to provide limited support for students. This will be  mainly to ensure that they are able to connect to our school network to  assist with minor troubleshooting.

Warranty and Insurance

Most devices come with a one year warranty. A three year warranty is  sometimes available. Insurance should be covered by the owner of the  device - some resellers offer special insurance for theft, damage and  loss.

Virus Protection

Ensure that the virus protection on portable devices is kept up to date.

Saving and Backup

Students are responsible for their own backup of critical data at all  times. This may be through a USB, SD card, external drive, or cloud-based backup to regularly backup important work. We provide 1 TB of storage through our Westlake OneDrive accounts. We have seen on many occasions external hard drives and USB drives become corrupt with no data being able to be retrieved. We strongly recommend the use of cloud storage as an additional level of backup.

Printing from Personal Devices

Students are able to print from networked stations or by using webprinting from our start menu: start.westlake.school.nz.

Keeping safe online

Westlake Boys High School believes open communication between  parents, teachers and students is the best way to keep students safe. Students will often share concerns with each other online. It is important that they tell a teacher and/or parent/caregiver when they are feeling uncomfortable or threatened online. If you have any concerns about this agreement or internet safety contact the school or visit http://www.netsafe.org.nz.