Digital Learning and BYOD
(Bring Your Own Devices)
Together the community and students of Pukekohe East will embark on a lifelong journey of inquiry toward independent thinking; striving to do their personal best through the exploration and involvement in sustainable practices, thoughts and ideas.
Digital Learning Vision
Students and staff are independent digital learners and thinkers. They strive to do their personal best by making the appropriate learning choices and selecting the relevant tools and digital content to enhance authentic learning through the use of teaching and learning inquiry.
Learners' Key Goals
Our students will use information and digital technology confidently and independently to become:
- Lifelong learners – driving and sustaining their own learning where we are critical and creative thinkers.
- Global digital citizens – connected to the community, country and world.
A rigorous wireless system has been installed and fibre optic cable is at our gate enabling us to access ultra-fast broadband. This fast internet connection and wireless system has assisted with becoming a blended learning school with devices used by all students when deemed useful for learning.
In order for our vision statements and goals to be sustained we as teachers, plan for authentic learning experiences that use technologies that aim to promote problem solving, communication, collaboration, and higher order thinking. Students are able to personalise, interact with, present, share and create their own content as well as reflecting on their own learning and the learning of others.
Students are able to bring a device to school to assist in their learning. Students are fully responsible for the care of their device while at school. The devices are to be used for learning and students are expected to act as good digital citizens and abide by the Student and Responsible Use Agreements.
“A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace.”
Net Safe defines a digital citizen as someone who:
- is a confident and capable user of ICT
- uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
- uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
- is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
- is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
- uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
- demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICT
- respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
- contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship.
Digital literacy or the ability to understand and fully participate in the digital world is fundamental to digital citizenship. It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age.
Devices such as iPads, Samsung tablets and some laptops or Chromebooks are suitable for bringing to school. iPads are used in the junior class. We have computers available at school but we encourage students to have their own device. iPads are used up to Year Two then it is student/family choice.
We are currently using Google Apps for Education for Years 3-6. With Google Apps for Education, everything is automatically saved in the cloud, 100% powered by the web. This means that documents and sites can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device or tablet, anytime, anywhere. Fast, easy collaboration happens where a group of students can work together while in different places, on a piece of work in Google Docs, seeing changes in real time. Google Drive on a Mac, PC, Android or iOS device gives you a single place to work from. Enabling both collaboration and sharing of learning with family and friends on an ongoing basis.
As our main platform for sharing learning is Seesaw. Pukekohe East School uses Seesaw which is a digital platform promoting student engagement that enables students to share their learning via a safe and easy to use app which can be used on any device.
Blending the use of digital devices in classroom programmes enables teachers to tailor learning to the individual learner. There is still pencil and paper and students are not sitting in front of screens all day, a common misconception.
Digital learning enables a connected approach to learning, placing control and agency of learning in the hands of learners so that access to the curriculum is ubiquitous and no longer constrained by the time and place.
Ubiquitous learning means… learning anywhere, anytime, using any device.
Digital Device School Expectations
To enhance learning opportunities provided we expect all students to:
- bring device fully charged every day
- download all the apps required for class and put them in a folder
- keep both device and apps updated– done at home
- have a robust case/ cover ensuring device is protected
- name device on outside and within device (in settings)
- have adequate storage space available
- have a device with regular size
- have adequate battery life to last the day
- regularly close opened apps after use
- remember password (if used on device)
- look after device and be fully responsible for it care
- put device in the lockable device storage place at break times.
- use device for learning purposes only
- be a good digital citizen.
Android devices need to have students school Drive email address added.
(Supplied to senior classes only)
iPads are the device we ask you to get for your child in the junior classes.
Year 4 and above we leave the choice of device to you.
Smaller screens are not suitable e.g. iPad Mini.