Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE AND ENABLE LEARNING
Nayland College views the use of ICT as a key element of 21st-century pedagogy. Although ICT is only one tool in the learning toolbox, it is an increasingly important tool. ICT enables greater collaboration, more personalised delivery of the curriculum and access to many more opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.
BYOD is the next step in Nayland's long history of creativity and innovation with technology. The staff at Nayland continue to develop their ICT skills to enable us to use the best tools available for learning in a truly blended approach.
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 manage their own learning in class and beyond.
Nayland College has a robust network to enable all students to connect their own devices for seamless online access throughout the school.
As we move to BYOD, we will continue to be well resourced with dedicated computer rooms to meet the demands of specific curriculum areas such as Technology, Design, Media studies and Music.
Nayland College has been recognised by Microsoft from 2017 through to 2019 as a ‘Showcase School’. This is a significant acknowledgement of our successful approach to blended learning.
HOW STUDENTS CAN GET ON BOARD
In 2020, we would like all Year 9 andYear 11 students to bring their own device to school. We also encourage students in other year levels to bring a device if possible.
We recommend a device that:
- Is a laptop (has a physical keyboard)
- Has good battery life that will last 6+ hours
- 13" or larger screen
- Is lightweight
- Is robust enough to survive teenage life
- Has enough memory to store documents
- Is powerful enough to start quickly and run fast
- We also recommend that students have a set of headphones
- Windows 10 (Mac is also suitable)
- 4 GB RAM (minimum)
- 2.2GHZ Processor
- 128 GB SSD storage
- Wireless 802.11n or 802.11ac
- Battery 6 hour life
- A back-up device (USB stick or external hard drive) is highly encouraged
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.
The above specifications have been provided to all major IT retailers in Nelson and Richmond.
Nayland College believes in a Digital Citizenship model for supporting safe and responsible use of the internet in teaching and learning. An important part of this is that we are able to show others what that responsible use looks like while we are using technology in our learning.
We think a good digital citizen is someone who;
- is a confident and capable user of ICT
- will use ICT for learning as well as other activities
- will think carefully about whether the information they see online is true
- will be able to speak the language of digital technologies
- understands that they may experience problems when using technology but can deal with them
- will always use ICT to communicate with others in positive ways
- will be honest and fair in all of their actions using ICT
- will always respect people’s privacy and freedom of speech online
- will help other to become a better digital citizen
Because we know this is important for us all, we ask everyone, the staff, students and volunteers working at the school to agree to use the internet and other technologies in a safe and responsible way by following the rules laid out in a Responsible Use Agreement like this one.
If someone cannot agree to act responsibly, or the things that they do mean that other people are being harmed, then we might stop them from using the internet or other technology at school.
A PREFERRED SUPPLIER
We have set up an online store with our preferred supplier, PC Media who have several suitable devices across a range of price points. The online store can be found at this link: www.pcmediaeducation.co.nz.
Use the discount code NAYLAND2020. This discount runs to the 28 February 2020 and gives $100 discount off 'Shape the Futures' products.