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The school ran a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trial last year. Feedback from this trial has been very positive. The potential for improved learning outcomes for students has led us to roll out student BYOD to all students in 2015. During term 1 we will be issuing access codes and Google Drive accounts to all students starting with Year 10, then the Senior students (Yr11 – 13) and finally our new Year 9 students on the completion of their full digital citizenship course.
The advantages we see for our students from increased access to e-leaning through BYOD include:
- Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activities through 'iLearn';
- The ability to develop “digital” folders, portfolios and e-books for their classes; (that can’t be lost, and never need replacing) through the use of 'My Portfolio', Google apps and office 365.
- Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents and peers to support their learning through instant access to their student e-mail and other online tools;
- Anytime, anywhere safe access to unlimited resources and information on the internet;
- The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button;
- Allowing students to become active participants in their learning, students who manage themselves and are responsible digital citizens.
In 2015 it is optional for students to bring a BYOD capable device.
The ideal device for school use:
- has built-in wireless capability
- enables word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, image manipulation, video and audio editing
- is lightweight, but robust enough to handle daily use
- has a protective carrying case
- has 4-8 hours of battery power (or preferably more) and easy options for recharging
- has a common web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox).
- offers sufficient storage for documents, photos and videos
- has some form of keyboard for typing (built-in or external)
- has some form of antivirus/anti-spyware protection
If you have any further questions please contact Lorraine Vickery (E-Learning Director – firstname.lastname@example.org)
First School Day 2015
Thursday 29th January Y9, Y13 and all other new students
- Y9 and new students 9.40am on school main field (for Powhiri and assemblies)
- Y13 9.00am in school hall for Powhiri preparation
Friday 30th January = All students
- School closed Anniversary Day - Monday 26th January
- School closed Waitangi Day - Friday 6th February