Massey Primary School will be one of the first schools in the country to get ultrafast broadband.
The school is one of 21 chosen from around the country to join the Network 4 Learning managed network.
The transition means Massey Primary will have uncapped data, faster internet and wireless capability.
Schools going on the managed network this year will get internet speeds about 10 times faster than they have now, the Ministry of Education says.
Principal Bruce Barnes says encouraging high use of the new technology will ensure pupils are 21st century learners.
"I've been teaching since 1965 and I've seen many changes. I think this is absolutely fantastic, exciting and will impact greatly on our children's learning," he says.
The new network will also save the school at least $300 a month.
As well as new broadband, major changes are in the works for the school with the planning of a new modern learning environment (MLE) and the funding of 36 tablets and notebooks.
The MLE will see the junior block's classroom walls knocked down and refurbished into two large learning spaces.
Mr Barnes says some parents have expressed concern about a lack of traditional learning methods with the introduction of the learning spaces and more technology.
"We can have all the internet and flash buildings but it's the teaching that's critical," Mr Barnes says.
"The modern learning environment will encourage more transparent teaching, that's a good thing."
Massey deputy principal Mali Allen understands community concerns but says the traditional way of learning is not being discarded.
"We are not getting rid of pen and paper, we are giving the children an additional tool to use.
"This will also help kids work towards globalisation. They will be able to talk to other schools around the world on skype for example without there being a lag."
Network 4 Learning chief executive John Hanna says the company has received a positive response from schools about connecting to the managed network.
"They tell us they are looking forward to increasing their school's use of digital technologies in the classroom knowing they will no longer be constrained by data caps and greatly fluctuating internet speeds."
More than 700 schools countrywide will be connected to the network by the end of 2014.
Schools wishing to be connected to the managed network in 2014 must register at n4l.co.nz before October 25.
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