Our teachers are investigating innovative and creative ways to integrate technology into their practice. Students will continue to use whichever tool, process or activity that best allows learning to occur. The advantage of this blended approach is the access to engaging resources, anywhere and anytime, enabling students to learn at their own pace.  Any student is welcome to bring a device to school if they feel it will be beneficial to their learning.

We recommend a device that:

  • Is a laptop
  • Has good battery life – at least 6 hours on a single charge
  • Is lightweight
  • Has a physical keyboard
  • Has enough memory to store documents
  • Is durable enough to survive teenage life
  • We also recommend that students have a set of headphones
  • 2 GB RAM (minimum), 4GB RAM is recommended
  • 2.2GHZ Processor
  • Wireless 802.11 n
  • Backup device (USB stick or external hard drive)


As a benefit of the Microsoft Schools Agreement with the Ministry of Education, every student and staff member at New Zealand State and Integrated schools are eligible to download free office 365 Pro Plus software for use on their personal devices.


What is Office 365 Pro Plus?

Office 365 Pro Plus is Microsoft’s Office software which includes the latest versions of Access, Excel, Skype, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. You also get 1TB of free online OneDrive storage.

You can run up to 5 copies on your computer (Mac/PC), 5 copies across your tablet devices (Windows/Android/iPad) and 5 on your mobile devices (Windows/Android/iPhone).

The software is delivered from the Cloud and once downloaded, the software will run locally on your machine, so you can store documents and work offline. It syncs data to your OneDrive and Office 365 account when you are connected to the internet, and must connect to the school system every 30 days to remain active.


Is Nayland College eligible?

Yes! All students and teachers at State and Integrated schools in New Zealand are eligible for this benefit as a result of the Ministry of Education Schools Agreement with Microsoft New Zealand. All-State and Integrated schools have access to a range of Microsoft software to support the delivery of effective teaching and learning. Find out more at

Further information about our specialist Year 10 BYOD class is available here.

Click here to open the instructions on how to download Office 365 on your devices.