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E-Learning FAQs

Many students like to suggest to their parents that one specific brand of device is favoured by the school and other students. This is not the case. We have a very wide range of devices that are used successfully by students.

Families of Westlake students can purchase from any store (Noel Leemings, JB Hifi, Dick Smith etc). However we do have relationships with Harvey Norman, PBTech and Cyclone computers. Harvey Norman and PBTech provide the face to face opportunity to discuss devices, while Cyclone Computers are an online order company. All three suppliers have worked with us to identify devices that are appropriate for our students. They all provide bundle packages including extended warrantees, and device cases, or you can purchase the devices on their own.

PB Technologies

For information on PB Technologies’ offerings for Westlake Girls High School students in 2019, please visit their website. Under the BYOD title on their website, please enter the promo code BYOD2019 to access the education pricing.

Harvey Norman – Wairau Park

Harvey Norman provides finance options, insurance and extended warrantees. They also provide loan devices when repairs are required for a device purchased through them. This enables your daughter to continue her learning at school without any interruptions.

Details of Harvey Norman deals for 2019 are available HERE.

Cyclone Computers

To access the BYOD options for Cyclone Computers, click here and use the portal password: wghs2017

Advantages include:

  • Solutions to fit your school: Avoid potential confusion on which device to buy – your school’s portal only features devices with specifications that fit the minimum recommendations of the school.
  • Education pricing: Take advantage of Cyclone’s special education pricing thanks to their high-level partnerships with vendors.
  • Quality warranty & insurance options: Cyclone lists devices with a three-year warranty as part of their device bundles, plus excellent insurance options with super-low excess.
  • Easy Checkout: Cyclone’s checkout process makes it simple to add the items you want to your cart and then complete your order. A variety of payment options are available, including credit card and direct deposit.  Shop online, anytime!”

No. Students will follow the same curriculum but will be in a teaching and learning environment designed to maximise the educational opportunities of computer and internet technology.

No. WGHS has a balances approach to the use of the technology in classes. We call this Blended Learning where E-Learning tools are used to complement face-to-face teaching and learning.

Students DO NOT use computer technology 100% of the time.

We still use sound pedagogical approaches which can include teacher led instruction where appropriate.

NZQA are now trialling the use of computing devices in NCEA examinations across the country. Westlake Girls participated in the trial exam for a Level 1 school exam in 2017. Currently digital exams are not completed for the external examinations at Westlake Girls High School.

In a standard NCEA exam the use of any personal device in examinations is currently strictly forbidden unless the assessments and/or examination requires the use of such a device.

Personal computing devices may be used under some circumstances for special assistance with assessments and/or examinations but this requires prior and specific school approval.

NZQA have a goal to make examinations computer based by 2020.

 

No. Every student needs to have their own so they can be sure to have it when they need it for use at school and at home.

Every lunchtime the school-based student group, “Tech Wizards” are available to provide support with using a computer.

They also run a website for students and parents to visit when they require help.

http://wghstechwizard.weebly.com

Many students have smartphones much more expensive than the computers we are recommending, and we have very few problems. WGHS will not take responsibility for the loss or damage of a device, but will investigate any incident involving student discipline.

Personal devices are not covered under the school’s insurance policy and thus we strongly advise that they are insured privately. A school locker can be hired each year for a small fee. 

Computer devices require up to date antiviral software.