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

Students in years 9 and 10 can choose to enrol in specific BYOD core classes. On top of this, all students are encouraged to bring a device to school if they feel it will be beneficial to their learning.

We recommend a device that:

  • Is a laptop or netbook
  • Has good battery life
  • Is lightweight
  • Has a strong, big screen
  • Has a keyboard
  • Has enough memory to store documents
  • Is powerful enough to start quickly and run fast
  • Is strong enough to survive teenage life
  • We also recommend that students have a set of headphones

Technical specifications:

  • 2 GB RAM (minimum)
  • 2.2GHZ Processor Wireless 802.11 n
  • Battery (6 cell) – 6 hour life
  • Back-up device (USB stick or external hard drive).

 

There are a number of devices available that meet these specifications. We do not recommend iPads or tablets for the BYOD class as students have had issues with these devices in the past.

For more information contact Gaye Bloomfield (gaye.bloomfield@nayland.school.nz).