Digital Learning (BYOD - Bring Your Own Device) is an initiative that was trialled with one class in 2015. We are now in a position to offer the wider use of digital tools to the senior team of the school (Paerangi, years 3-6).
We have recently held parent information evenings that covered digital devices, digital citizenship, some of the advantages of digital tools and FAQs. Below is some of the information covered at the parent meeting as well as an 'application pack'. The application pack can be sent home from school for you and your child to discuss and agree to together and when this is completed, along with a digital passport (to be completed in class at school and at home), your child will be able to bring their own device. The Digital Tools journey at Redwood started a number of years ago and has had very careful and informed planning behind the implementation. The trial period was very informative and as a result our wireless system had a major upgrade to allow more classes to connect to our network therefore allowing more classes to freely use their digital tools. This is a very exciting time for the Redwood Community.
As this is an area for development these documents and the information on this page may change and be updated as we continue on our BYOD and digital learning journey.
What devices can students bring?
Our preferred devices are chromebooks for year 3-6 students in Paerangi. However, if you have a device at home that meets these specifications then it is okay to bring it to school.
Wireless internet connectivity
Screen larger than 7.9"- Larger screen allows for multiple tabs, split screen work and larger text.
Long battery life 4 hrs+ - charging will not be allowed at school, so the device needs to last the day.
Portable - think of the weight and physical size of the device vs your child’s size.
- Built in camera and microphone is helpful.
Fundamental to implementing our programme is the concept of digital citizenship:
What is digital citizenship?
"A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace."
NetSafe defines a digital citizen as someone who:
- is a confident and capable user of ICT
- uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
- uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
- is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
- is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
- uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
- demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
- respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
- contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship
Digital literacy or the ability to understand and fully participate in the digital world is fundamental to digital citizenship. It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.
Our Redwood e-values
Through the use of e-learning tools we are aiming to create motivated, self-directed learners who know learning can happen anywhere, anytime. Children who can access their learning independently, know the different places they can get help, can show what they have learned and reflect on that learning.
We want to make better connections and learning partnerships between teachers, students and families, and feel the Internet, email and e-portfolios are an invaluable tool for this.
The children in BYOD classes would have GAFE (Google) accounts to access, store, create and reflect on their learning, from both school and home. Each child will be able to share their learning progress with their families.
The school will continue to provide a number of devices in all classes for students to share, but will be beginning to encourage students to bring their own device, based on the following advantages...
Advantages of BYOD…
Children know/ learn how to use their own device really well, because they are using it all the time, and therefore become more efficient workers.
All of their own work is saved to their own device, which means they have everything with them at all times, not lost in a server.
Calendars and tools can be personalised to the child.
There can be faster logging in with the ability to save passwords, and bookmark favourites.
The device can be personalised for vision and hearing access, and other preferences.
Opportunity to personalise learning software, related to classroom, group and individual needs.
Children see the device as a valuable learning tool, rather than just for fun games.
There is no waiting to look something up, or waiting to finish a digital tasks, which happens when sharing.
We are using a programme called Linewize to help keep our students safe online. Please read more about Linewize here.
Teachers will be using a programme called Hapara to help manage students' work. Please read more about Hapara here.
Click here to access the Application Pack.
Click here to access a list of FAQs.
Click here to access Netsafe's information about keeping safe online.