BYOD at Howick College

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is being used in many schools throughout New Zealand and was implemented at Howick College in February 2013.  We are moving progressively to an environment where students will need to have a device with specified capabilities.


What is BYOD at Howick College?
Bring Your Own Device is where a student may bring a netbook or other device to school for use in their learning. BYOD allows students and teachers to use technology that students are familiar with to access information available from resources outside the school environment.


During class time, teachers will let students know when they are permitted to use their devices for certain projects. At all other times, students are to have their devices turned off.


Further information and guidlelines are available in the following PDF. This information is also relevant to students in the Digital Learning classes.

Installing Office 365

The following PDF provides instructions for downloading and installing Office 365 for Windows. This needs to be done at home as it will take a little time.

Options For Digital Devices

Howick College utilites the services of Cyclone Computers to provide fully functional devices that include three warranty and insurance. The following provides a list of options for parents/caregivers looking to purchase a digital device for Howick College students. They are purchased directly from Cyclone Computers, not through the school.


 Cyclone Computers - Howick College Portal


There are five bundles available. Each bundle includes:

  • Three Year Warranty,
  • Three Year Insurance covering damage and theft (and multiple claims) with only a $50 excess, and
  • a carry bag.

Payment can be made by direct credit, credit card or QCard. Prices inlcude GST.

An invitation for students in Years 11-13 (2016) to purchase computers through Cyclone Computers.


Howick College Year 9 and 10 students have access to a deal to purchase a computer through Cyclone Computers.

We would like to invite parents of older students who are interested in purchasing a digital device for their child to access the Howick College scheme with Cyclone Computers. We have worked with Cyclone to select devices that are cost effective and appropriate for school use. There is a very attractive insurance deal included in the package. To view these simply visit the Cyclone portal here.


** please note that students in years 11 to 13 do not have to buy a computer for use at school.