BYOD

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At Heaton we actively encouraging all students to bring their own device (BYOD) to enhance their learning. Click each subtext for more information:

Pedagogy (Why)

It is not about the technology it is about the learning.
  • Noelene Wright’s (Waikato University) 2010 five-year international literature review provides valuable insights for effective teaching practice to eLearning classes. Wright explains that technology in classrooms becomes an effective tool for teaching and learning when the technology is deliberately used in relation to appropriate and targeted pedagogical practices. Wright also finds a strong consistently reported desire for 21st century students to work with peers to learn collaboratively and socially, to problem solve and talk together about what they need to learn. In these kinds of learning environments, students rather than teachers are at the centre of the learning experience. The teachers’ role becomes one of a facilitator to afford opportunities, rather than the expert at the front of the room. Teachers must use student-oriented co-constructive pedagogies where students work collaboratively with interactive problem-solving ways of teaching and learning which foster co-operation. These pedagogies appear to lead to effective learning and better teacher/student relationships over time. These ideas link consistently to the New Zealand Curriculum’s focus on connection and active involvement as 21st century citizens.(Sourced from:https://www.ecbhs.blogspot.co.nz/)

Policies and Agreements

Devices

How do I know what device is OK for my child to bring. This section will assist you in that decision.

Requirements: Every device has its strengths and weaknesses and as such there is no perfect device for our school environment. However the device your child brings to school must have:

  • A battery life of at least 6 hours (there will be no charging capability at school)
  • Wireless capability (we require devices that are “N” or “AC” compatible)
  • A minimum screen size of 7” although larger than this is better.
  • Our network can handle IOS 5 or later, OSX 10.5 or later, Windows 7 or later and Android 2.3 or above. Chrome books work very well on our system.

Options: At Heaton we are very aware that some of our students already have their own devices and that when they leave Heaton they go to a variety of High Schools that have their own specific requirements for devices. With that in mind Heaton will accept any device that meets the above requirements.

  • Through our network support provider (Cyclone) we have arranged some specific BYOD deals for our community. Many parents use this service as it has some sharp pricing and a very appealing warranty scheme. We have identified 8 devices, in varying price brackets, that fully meet our requirements and those of the High Schools we feed into. To find out more about these deals click on the link to access Cyclone's website. Once there choose our school from the list and use the following username and password:
    Username: heatonintermediate , Password: hibyod .
  • The document in the following link briefly outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of devices available: Options for BYOD Devices

High School Requirements: The following links give you access to the current BYOD requirements of the main High Schools we feed into:

Digital Citizenship and Cybersafety

Digital Citizenship Skills are critical for our students. Take a look at our programme.
  • The following Slide show is part of the Digital Citizenship programme at Heaton:

FAQs

This section should answer any questions you may have about this exciting initiative at Heaton.
  • Does my child have to have a device in 2019/2020?
    We are strongly encouraging all Year 7 and 8 students to bring a device along as part of their stationery. This is not compulsory but given the huge benefits to students’ engagement and learning we want as many students as possible to have devices.
  • What is the school providing for those students who don’t have their own device?
    The school will continue to maintain access to over 130 school owned devices. Students who bring their own devices certainly have a better experience in our blended e- learning environment, as they are able to customise their device so that it works more efficiently for them. As demand for school devices decreases we will redirect school resources into other areas to further
  • What is the school doing to ensure my child is safe while using their own device?
    The school has invested significantly in equipment to make sure our students are safe on their devices.
    • We use a firewall device that allows us to track where each and every user has been on the internet. It also provides filtering via Linewize.
    • We can also block specific elements on websites while allowing access to other beneficial elements. This can also be done at the classroom level so Teachers can control access for their pupils.
    • All students work through a specific “Digital Citizenship” programme early in Term 1. A key part of this programme includes the students working through the details of the “Student Responsible Use Agreement”. There is a Digital Citizenship component in all our integrated Inquiry projects throughout the year.
    • Please note that any device that is on a separate data plan will be not be subject to our school security measures.
  • Won’t bringing a device discourage students from going outside at interval and lunchtime and being active?
    We have always taken great pride in the breadth of our curriculum and the wealth of opportunities we provide our students. This will obviously continue in a BYOD environment and the following guidelines will apply;
    • Bringing your own device (BYOD) to school is to support in-class learning.
    • Interval and lunch breaks are designed for students to take a break and be 
involved in alternative activities. Devices (personal and school) are not to be used during these times.
  • How will my child’s device be secured?
    We provide secure places in each classroom that students may use to store their devices and we will actively encourage students to make use of this facility. While the school takes all reasonable steps to minimise risk it takes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might occur. Insurance is a home responsibility.
  • Will my child’s device be used by other students?
    A device brought to school by your child is for their use. The school adheres to a ‘sharing screen’ concept, whereby your child may share his/her screen with others. In collaborative group work there may be 2-3 children working together, however your child is in charge of his/her device.
  • What type of device do you recommend?
    Every device has its strengths and weaknesses and as such there is no perfect device for our school environment. However the device your child brings to school must have:
    • A battery life of at least 6 hours (there will be no charging capability at school)
    • Wireless capability (we require devices that are “N” or "AC" compatible)
    • A minimum screen size of 7” although larger than this is better.
    • Our network can handle IOS 5 or later, OSX 10.5 or later, Windows 7 or later and Android 2.3 or above. Chrome books work very well on our system. Check the Devices section on this page for more in depth information
  • What will happen when my child goes to High School?
    Every High School is on their own journey down the BYOD path and obviously if you have any questions around your child taking their device to high school we would encourage you to contact them directly. However in the Devices section of this page we have put links to the current requirements of CBHS, CGHS, Papanui HS and Burnside HS.
  • What is Google Apps for Education (GAFE)?
    Heaton uses the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) cloud environment. Each student has their own Google account with its accompanying email address and cloud storage for documents, spread sheets, presentations and other Google Apps. Student owned devices consequently don’t need to have any specific software loaded on them. 
Students are able to collaborate with each other and their teachers and parents. There is no software to download and all the work is stored in a password protected online environment and can be accessed by any computer with internet access. 
We use 2 add on products from Hapara, Teacher Dashboard and Workspace. Teacher Dashboard allows teachers to easily access all of the students’ Google files including email. This is extremely useful as a tool to assess student learning, provide feedback and to conference online with students. It also provides an additional layer of security as student activity can be monitored if necessary. Workspace allows teachers to design units of work that the students can access online. This work can be individualised and deadlines can be set.

If you are still unsure of anything please contact Aine Elliott at elliotta@heaton.school.nz