Bring Your Own Device

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Bring Your Own Device or BYOD

We live in an ever-changing world where many students use devices outside of school to communicate and learn on a daily basis. At Kumeroa-Hopelands School we would like to see devices being used more prominently within the school to further enhance teaching and learning.

As a school, we want to continue to innovatively blend the use of technology into current programmes, as well as further adapting current practice around the use of devices. By doing this, we hope to develop connected, life-long learners, who are actively involved in the global community.

 

Why BYOD?

At Kumeroa-Hopelands School we recognise that the world is changing and that opportunities for different learning methods have ben created throughout the rapid development in ICT.

“We are aiming high for young New Zealanders to be the most digitally literate in the world so they can have every opportunity to become innovative and better complete in a modern economy. Adopting  the best approach to 21stcentury learning will require change across the education sector. It is critical that we recognise how much of this change is being driven by students themselves, how eager they are to learn online through new applications, tools and content.”

                                                       Associate Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye

In the 21st century, eLearning is becoming fundamental to enabling this vision. Curriculum subjects are increasingly relying on a wide variety of online learning tools. By blending BYOD into appropriate daily learning programmes , a student –owned device can be an important part of a student’s educational tool kit, providing them with instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share their learning in a way that will prepare them for the future.

Why are we considering introducing BYOD?

We wish to create a more accessible, diverse, and dynamic learning environment for our students, one that reflects the world we live in.

There are many advantages for students bringing their own ICT (school approved) devices to support their educational needs. A student – owned internet capable device can be an important part of a student’s toolkit, providing them with instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share learning in a way that will prepare them for the future.

 

What are the advantages of BYOD?

Some advantages of BYOD include:

Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activates through school approved Apps.

The ability to develop digital folders and work for their classes (that can be lost, are always accessible and never need replacing) through cloud computing.

Being able to develop a portfolio of student learning using cloud applications.

An increased ability to communicate and interact with teacher, parents and peers electronically to support their learning.

The ability to draft, re-craft and publish their work at the click of a button.

Allowing students to become active partners in their learning.

Enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, and overcoming barriers to distance and time.

The creation of supportive differentiated learning environments  by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences.

Enhancing opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save time and allowing them to take their learning further.

Developing digital citizenship so that students are able to reflect this not only in their  daily use of their devices and application, but  long term in the IT world they live in.

At Kumeroa-Hopelands School we see BYOD as yet another tool to help students learn more effectively. If we decided to go ahead with BYOD but families opt not to send a device to school, we would still provide opportunities for students to use school owned devices to help enhance their learning. Equity is an issue that we view as being very important and in no way would BYOD be compulsory.

 

Please either leave a comment on this page or email office@kumeroa.school.nz to indicate your preference. We would be interested in which of the following responses best describes your thinking in regards to BYOD.

  • No thanks, that’s not for me.

 

  • I’m leaning towards no, but I would be interested in some more information about the idea.

 

  • Neutral

 

  • I’m leaning towards yes, but I would be interested in some more information about the idea.

 

  • Yes, definitely.

 

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