Our BYOD Strategy:
Our BYOD Strategy has been formed through a combination of research of emerging best practice, learning from schools who are further ahead of us in this area and listening to the views and needs of our staff in various forums.
In order to achieve our vision of enabling and enhancing learning without limits, we need to focus on the three areas described below in our Action Plan.
For 2019 our BYOD Status is “BYOD preferred in Years 11, 12 and 13 and encouraged BYOD friendly in Years 9 and 10.
What does this mean?
This means that in Years 9 and 10, if students have a device, and if they want to bring it to school, the school will support them to connect their device to our internet. In 2018 we surveyed students and staff to review our current BYOD status. The results were clear that both groups were in favour of keeping the status quo. The main reasons behind this was that students were well served with the availability of chromebooks within the school and issues of equity/cost for families.
In Years 11, 12 and 13, most subjects will incorporate the use of a computing device in their courses. To help with choosing a device we have partnered with Noel Leeming in Queens St, Richmond.
If you go to the store, they will help you make an appropriate choice based on your student’s subject choices. The current recommended devices can be found here.
They have preferential pricing on devices and payment options to make it easier to purchase a device. Device options are always changing but some guidelines are:
- Long battery life (6+ hours)
- Portable and light (generally a smaller screen size)
- An SSD (solid state drive) this results in a smaller device storage space but quicker startup times.
- a case is a good idea as warranties do not cover accidental screen damage.
Our BYOD Action Plan is reviewed every year, and looks like:
- Building a picture of what good looks like
- Looking at emerging best practice in NZ and elsewhere
- Researching what works – the internet is full of BYOD content
- Visiting BYOD Schools to learn from them
- Sharing Good Practice
- Putting BYOD experts in front of our staff
- A mixture of school-wide and self-select BYOD PD opportunities for staff
- Self-Review: Refinement and Adjustment
- Undertake a BYOD Stocktake to see where we are at
- Further BYOD Infrastructure Planning
- Undertake Staff Needs Analysis
Some Interesting BYOD Resources
The internet is full of great BYOD Resources – here’s a few that have helped shape our thinking.
- Why BYOD? (2 minutes)
- Changing Education Paradigms by Sir Ken Robinson (11 minutes)
- Ed Talks – Different video clips focussed around BYOD in NZ and overseas schools