B.Y.O.D.

Technology to enhance and enable learning

In the Bring Your Own Device class, learning is the focus and technology is just another way of allowing this to happen. There is potential for technology to enable new and different ways of learning, adding a further richness and a range of choices for the learner.
Our teachers are investigating innovative and creative ways to integrate technology into their practice. Students will continue to use whichever tool, process or activity that best allows learning to occur. The advantage of this blended approach is the access to engaging resources, anywhere and anytime, enabling students to learn at their own pace.

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Being able to use technology in class can be life changing for dyslexics and those with learning difficulties. It can also help students who find that writing by hand is a barrier to their learning.

Preparing Students for the Future

ICT technology will play a huge part in many of the professions our students will find themselves in once they leave school. Not only will this require them to be proficient in using this technology, it will require them to have developed the self-management skills to negotiate the myriad of distractions and pitfalls the digital world can provide. At Nayland, teachers are providing clear rules around the appropriate use of technology and have put strategies in place to help students learn to make good choices.

Infrastructure

We have a reliable network infrastructure for our students to use. Our technicians and computer help desk are on hand to respond to any issues. We are well resourced with computer rooms that utilise up-to-date software and hardware to meet the demands of specific curriculum areas such as Technology, Design, Media studies and Music. There is a robust wireless network throughout the school, allowing students easy access to resources that can enhance student learning.

How students can get on board

For 2019, Nayland College has shifted to BYOD encouraged. Any student with a device that wishes to bring it to school for use as a learning tool is welcome to do so.

We recommend a device that:

  • Is a laptop
  • Has good battery life (6+ hours or better)
  • Is lightweight
  • Has a strong, big screen (at least 11 inches)
  • Has a physical keyboard
  • Is strong enough to survive teenage life
  • We also recommend that students have a set of headphones

Technical specifications:

  • Windows 10
  • 4 GB RAM (minimum)
  • 2.2GHZ Processor
  • 128 GB SSD storage
  • Wireless 802.11n or 802.11ac
  • 6+¬†hour battery life, or better
  • A back-up device (USB stick or external hard drive) is highly encouraged

 

There are a number of devices available that meet these specifications. Based on our experience, we do not recommend iPads or tablets for BYOD.

For more information contact Ben Crawford (ben.crawford@nayland.school.nz).