We expect all Year 9 students enrolling at Pakuranga College to bring their own learning device to school every day. The information below is to help families work out what that will mean.
All Year 9 students in 2020 will have access to our ultrafast broadband and a robust, monitored and secure Wi-Fi network to support and enhance their learning.
Pakuranga College makes use of a number of eLearning tools, each student has their own school Gmail account, access to course material and resources through PakNet, our Learning Management System using Moodle. Students also have free and unlimited access to ‘video on-demand’ services through etv.org.nz. Students are able to access their timetable, results and other details through our student portal. They are also able to print from their devices through our new online print service. Students use cloud storage within the Google Apps environment as well as Dropbox and OneDrive to store their documents.
PakNet also provides parents with a ‘Parent Portal’ that allows parents to become more involved with their child’s progress at school. By going online, parents are able to view student timetables, up to date attendance data, course details and student results.
Useful resources for parents can be downloaded below and further information can also be found on the digital guidelines section of our website.
We believe that is important for students to understand the following:
Education must move with the times. BYOD has transformed the classroom by creating new opportunities for learning. Studies find that Generation Y is highly reliant on wireless devices and phones; and rather than fight it, we can use this to our educational advantage.
Since many students already own a digital device by the time they reach secondary school, it’s a resource that should be used in the classroom. Much like calculators and ball point pens, it has taken a while for schools to accept the BYOD trend, but it is becoming commonly accepted all over the world.
We have no intention of becoming a “paperless” school!
We still believe that it is important for students to use pen and paper and also for students to interact face-to-face without technology. This move is necessary if we want to provide the best possible education with the best possible tools! We want to use the most effective technology available for learning. We believe most schools are moving in this direction and within a few years we will certainly be in the minority if we don’t.
The Education Review Office in their recent visit to Pakuranga College described us as a forward-thinking, future focused and innovative school – we need to continue to push the boundaries and remain a leading school in this area.
1. Embracing these tools makes education more interactive
Technology can make learning more fun and engaging! Teachers and students might create podcasts, use a software polling tool, or design a digital scavenger hunt. The interactive nature of BYOD hones in on student learning. Digital books often include free supplemental resources, such as study guides, chapter outlines, and interactive tests that monitor progress and provide immediate feedback. These are relatively new, however, we will continue to explore these to help supplement subject areas.
2. BYOD makes differentiated instruction easier
Teachers can use media to meet different learning needs. BYOD allows students to be in control of their learning. Many tech tools can help students with learning disabilities or even translate words for ESOL students. Gifted students can research more advanced applications and students who need practice can do so individually.
3. Portable devices make learning a part of students’ lives
BYOD bridges the gap between in school and at home learning. Learning becomes easier to achieve, as it is more collaborative. Students can integrate the device into their daily lives.
4. BYOD saves learning time
BYOD makes collaboration easier. Research can also be done faster. More diverse sources can be used to support learning. The alternative seems archaic: Go back to microfilms? Teachers can educate students about how to evaluate and find the best resources in a particular field.
5. Engaged learners are better learners
BYOD puts students in a position of power over their learning. Many educational researchers argue that giving students the authority over their own learning is best: the teacher becomes a manager of learning, rather than a direct source of information.
6. BYOD can be used to engage experts from outside the classroom
Students can use communication features to engage in projects that require contacting the community or local leaders. In fact, Generation Y are more likely than any other generation to contact leaders and engage in community service projects. Students can apply learning to real scenarios.
7. BYOD is becoming the norm in the workplace
Teachers have the responsibility to prepare the millennia generation to enter the workforce. Teaching students to use digital devices is necessary as technology is blurring the line between work and pleasure.
Many new employees choose a combination of working at home, or using after work hours to answer emails or attend to lower priority tasks related to their work day. Practice with BYOD in school will better prepare students to have a healthy work and life balance.
8. Some technology experts are predicting the death of the personal computer
The further proliferation of portable devices – tablets, phones, laptops, readers, and other portable devices (perhaps more powerful laptops and new types of “cloud” devices) will further influence how schools view BYOD policies. New cloud technologies will change education. The cloud will revolutionise education in ways never thought possible, such as through easy to access cloud libraries and cloud computer labs.
For BYOD Internet browsing/wireless networking we have a number of things in place:
Netsafe.org.nz and Digi-Parenting are great resources full of information, links and conversations from New Zealand schools. Bookmark them! They may help you to continue to learn about the digital world that is growing around us and help you to be able to walk alongside your children as they grow and learn to become digital citizens.
These guidelines are to provide staff, students and students’ caregivers with guidelines around how to manage students’ use of digital devices (computers, smartphones, iPods, etc) at school. They are to support the college’s elearning goal of allowing “students to choose how they access their learning – digitally or non-digitally”.
These guidelines cover all student-owned digital devices including:
NOTE: These guidelines do not cover digital devices that are exclusively for playing games. Unless a teacher has arranged specifically for students to bring these to school for a specific learning task, gaming devices should not be brought to school.
When Can I Use My Device?
What Happens if I Misuse my Device?
When Am I Responsible For?
… is fully charged before you bring it to school
… has software that works properly
… is regularly backed up
… does not have inappropriate stickers or desktops on it
… you do not break copyright laws
… do not access or store inappropriate files on your device
Can I submit my assessment digitally?