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What is BYOD?

Bring your own device (BYOD) is the terminology being used in education that encourages students to bring their own portable devices to school and into the classroom to assist and enhance their learning.

Why has St Thomas of Canterbury College introduced BYOD?byod
Our experience with our current BYOD programmes this year and extensive research shows:

To continue to improve teaching and learning at STC.

 What types of computers/devices will be suitable and cost?

The Senior Leadership Team is very aware that devices do cost and some are very expensive and when one starts to investigate buying a device for education there is a mind field of information.

The Senior Leadership Team have developed a partnership with Cyclone Computers; this partnership offers assistance with purchasing of devices, insurance, maintenance, trouble shooting, financing options and professional development for staff.

Please visit their website

The screen shot below is the front page of Cyclone’s web site. The arrow indicates the place to find our school and the devices Cyclone is selling.

The code / password is: stccbyod

There are two categories of devices

The HP Stream 11 – d008TU is very adequate for students from Years 7 to 13.

The HP Pavilion and ProBooks are only an option for the senior levels.

Microsoft Surfaces; are wish list devices / Santa Claus gifts

If you wish to purchase a device from Cyclone, just follow the directions. You will be asked to type in your son’s name and student ID is your son’s name.

Payment options

Are on the website but you have to enter STC section of the Cyclone website.


If you want any information about the devices please ring 0800 585 040.

For information on the schools’ BYOD Policy, cyber safety etc please ring me or email me.

Purchasing from a retailer

There is no compulsion to purchase a device from Cyclone. Please look at the site as it will give you sound information on the device that will be appropriate for using at St Thomas’.

Where parents purchase a device is a choice for parents. Please read the information below, as this will provide you a sound guide as to the minimum specifications and these features needed.



Points to keep in mind

Insurance and warranties for the computers will be the responsibility of families.

Students will be responsible for bringing their computers to school every day, fully charged. To take care of their device and also need to be committed to learning how to use their computer in their own time, so that they are ready to use it as a tool for learning when in lessons.

St Thomas are connected to the Ministry of Education’s N4L (Network for Learning) which provides free filtered internet access.

eLearning in the classroom

The amount that students will use their devices will differ from class to class and teacher to teacher. Some subjects lend themselves to using a computer more naturally than others.

All teachers will be and have been provided considerable professional development and time to allow them to grow their confidence in teaching a class where students have a computer each. This will continue to develop in 2015 and beyond. Our expectation is that the students will use their computers more often than not.

St Thomas’ has the Office 365 licence which enables all of our students to access Student Advantage which is a free Microsoft Office package for students.