Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
From 2017 it will be a requirement of every student at Glenbrook School in years 5-8 to bring a device to school to assist with daily learning.
Why BYOD ?
In a future focused learning environment, students need to be able to work digitally. Our local college is BYOD from year 9. Feedback from those students included that we as a school needed to teach them how to be able to self manage digitally, be a digitally safe citizen and to learn through a variety of digital mediums. In order to provide a balanced and purposeful education, students need to be digital capable. Students need to use technology confidently and safely, in a way that supports modern learning and helps them participate in the future of the workforce. BYOD increases the self management and responsibility of students, which we as a school will help build for life long connectedness. Whilst some believe these skills are for the future, the reality is they need these skills now. BYOD is expected to improve equity of access and inclusion through online resourcing, specific teacher guidance and feedback.
At the end of 2016, all the devices we currently use in years 5-8 are due to be returned as their leases will be complete. As a school we simply do not have the money to provide devices for each student, nor do we have the finances to enter into further leases. We are directing ICT funding towards the digital infrastructure as we believe the digital safety and security of all is the priority. This funding will support the long term maintenance costs involved and IT services we need. In 2017, the new draft Technologies Curriculum will be introduced into the New Zealand Curriculum. BYOD will ensure your child has access to the tools needed to practise and learn the skills and qualities involved.
We encourage you to come and view how are students work in Google Apps and use devices in our classrooms.
Digital Devices and your child.
Digital devices do not replace the teacher. It does not mean that your child will be sitting on a device throughout a school day. A digital device is a learning tool, a necessary learning tool.
At Glenbrook School digital devices are used to incorporate qualities of learning such as communication, self management, thinking, collaboration and future focused preparation. The use of online tools allows teachers to focus on individual needs which support, extend or accelerate within a whole class context. BYOD and digital learning can enhance and extend the ability to collaborate, communicate and be creative with all involved. This in turns spurs innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.
As a parent you are able to access what your child is learning and also give feedback. There is greater transparency with you about your child’s learning. The blended elearning approach by Glenbrook School takes into account the holistic nature and experiences of learning. It is developmental and is balanced with the importance of play, conversation, sport, music and the joys of being a kid, a country kid. Your child’s learning evidence can be saved and shared with the whole family.
How is Glenbrook School ensuring teachers are prepared to use BYOD effectively as a teaching tool?
We know that BYOD is inevitable. The proliferation of devices means more will be brought to school and this means that our teachers can fully integrate digital technology into teaching.
At Glenbrook School the majority of teachers have opted to do the Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice. Our Board of Trustees are funding our teachers and supporting them. This commitment from our teachers incorporates the pedagogy, vision and use of digital practice in the classroom and within education. This is done in teams. Each week teachers have been attending a four hour class, studying in groups and completing assignments which clarify, prepare and create a vision of purposeful learning. Currently five teachers have completed the Mindlab Certificate and our next team is ready to go!
Professional development is key. Below are links to our teachers blogs of their journey and reflections.
What infrastructure has Glenbrook School put in place to support BYOD?
The Glenbrook Board of Trustees has funded a new network controller, Ruckus which has been installed. Sixteen wireless network points have also been installed. Security has been set up so that staff, students and visitors sign in to the wireless network. There are limits for each group.
Glenbrook School works in google docs. Teachers can view and track student digital behaviour and learning. Each student in years 3-8 is issued with a Glenbrook School gmail username and password.
Each student and their parent, is required to sign a BYOD contract and Digital Responsible Use Agreement. This outlines the roles and responsibilities of the student when using a device. Glenbrook School is guided by netsafe and digital policy.
Glenbrook School Board of Trustees has purchased storage units with ventilation and power supply. These can be locked and safely store devices when not being used at school, during the school day. Students are expected to take devices home each day and charge them at home.
Glenbrook School would advise parents to purchase a device that has the following:
All students in years 5-8 are encouraged to have a device that has:
Laptop or Windows tablet
Windows 10 or OS Mac 10.12
Microsoft Office 365 will be available free for students
Has a tough outer shell and a good protective case/bag
Keyboard attached for tablets
Minimum 12-inch screen
Has at least 8 hours’ battery life
4GB of Ram minimum
Internal Solid State (SSD) greater than 120GB
All items are to be clearly named.
All students in years in years 5-8 are required to bring a device to school for digital learning. All students who use a device must sign a BYOD and digital use agreement.