At Moanataiari School, we are using Chromebooks in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8.  We are recommending the same device for all our students.

At school we are using Chromebooks for a number of purposes.  This year we have used our devices for class organisation purposes, mathematics, writing, assessment purposes, managed research related to topic work and reading.  We know that these devices will be able to be used the following two years at the High School.

Chromebooks run on a Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. At Moanataiari School we use Google Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Drive.

The students will have a school Gmail account which gives them access to these. For the most part, there's a pretty narrow price range for Chromebooks, and it's on the more affordable end of the spectrum.

Noel Leeming and 100% Thames currently have special offers and are able to assist with the purchase of Chromebooks.

Guidelines for buying Chromebooks for use at Moanataiari School.

What your Chromebook must have:

  • 11.6-inch screen
  • 4 GB RAM (Memory)
  • 16 GB Storage (Most work will be stored online not on the Chromebook)
  • 11-hour battery life (We are going to recommend that Power chargers stay at home and students charge their computers at home in the evenings)
  • Two USB 3.0 ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • HDMI output
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone jack
  • Hard shell case (Not a soft sleeve, Hard shell Protection when transporting.)


Beneficial Features:

Meets US Military Standard 810G military standard or similar. Corner shield and bumper keyboard surround protection. Spill resistant keyboard. (For handling day to day use in classroom.)


Will be of benefit for students working with multimedia in the classroom environment.


 Not compulsory but some students may find it easier to use them.

We advise against Touch Screen Chromebooks, they are more expensive and not necessary at this stage.

Avoid getting detachable keyboards and tablet mode, they tend to mean more complications in the classroom environment.