What is BYOD?
Bring your own device (BYOD) is the terminology being used in education that encourages students to bring their own portable devices to school and into the classroom to assist and enhance their learning.
- That we need to prepare our students for future tertiary study and the work environment.
- There are increased opportunities for collaborative learning.
- It increases access to a huge range of electronic resources, which help enhance learning.
- Engagement and motivation of students is increased.
There are a number of pedagogical benefits: (a) the NZ Curriculum specifically references the value of eLearning and (b) international research shows the benefits of eLearning for students.
To continue to improve teaching and learning at STC.
- Students exist in a largely ‘digital world’ outside of school, but school is often a non-digital world. This programme has potential to increase engagement in learning as they use the tools they are most familiar with to facilitate learning.
What types of computers/devices will be suitable and cost?
The Senior Leadership Team is very aware that devices do cost and some are very expensive and when one starts to investigate buying a device for education there is a mind field of information.
The Senior Leadership Team have developed a partnership with Cyclone Computers; this partnership offers assistance with purchasing of devices, insurance, maintenance, trouble shooting, financing options and professional development for staff.
Please visit their website www.cyclone.co.nz
The screen shot below is the front page of Cyclone’s web site. The arrow indicates the place to find our school and the devices Cyclone is selling.
The code / password is: stccbyod
There are two categories of devices
- Windows Laptops and
- Microsoft Surfaces Devices
The HP Stream 11 – d008TU is very adequate for students from Years 7 to 13.
The HP Pavilion and ProBooks are only an option for the senior levels.
Microsoft Surfaces; are wish list devices / Santa Claus gifts
If you wish to purchase a device from Cyclone, just follow the directions. You will be asked to type in your son’s name and student ID is your son’s name.
Are on the website but you have to enter STC section of the Cyclone website.
If you want any information about the devices please ring 0800 585 040.
For information on the schools’ BYOD Policy, cyber safety etc please ring me or email me.
Purchasing from a retailer
There is no compulsion to purchase a device from Cyclone. Please look at the site as it will give you sound information on the device that will be appropriate for using at St Thomas’.
Where parents purchase a device is a choice for parents. Please read the information below, as this will provide you a sound guide as to the minimum specifications and these features needed.
- Cloud storage included: Get 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive so you can store all you want for a year.
- Built for cloud computing on-the-go.
- Office 365 compatible
- Intel Celeron N2840 2.16GHz
- 2GB 1333MHz DDR3L SDRAM
- 32GB eMMC
- 11.6-inch diagonal HD AntiGlare WLED-backlit display 1366 x 768
- Intel HD graphics
- 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards
- Integrated 802.11b/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth
- 3-cell 37WHr 3.25Ah lithium-ion battery
Points to keep in mind
Insurance and warranties for the computers will be the responsibility of families.
Students will be responsible for bringing their computers to school every day, fully charged. To take care of their device and also need to be committed to learning how to use their computer in their own time, so that they are ready to use it as a tool for learning when in lessons.
St Thomas are connected to the Ministry of Education’s N4L (Network for Learning) which provides free filtered internet access.
eLearning in the classroom
The amount that students will use their devices will differ from class to class and teacher to teacher. Some subjects lend themselves to using a computer more naturally than others.
All teachers will be and have been provided considerable professional development and time to allow them to grow their confidence in teaching a class where students have a computer each. This will continue to develop in 2015 and beyond. Our expectation is that the students will use their computers more often than not.
St Thomas’ has the Office 365 licence which enables all of our students to access Student Advantage which is a free Microsoft Office package for students.