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What is BYOD at Tuakau College?

Bring Your Own Device is where a student may bring a smartphone, tablet, netbook or other device to school for use in their learning.

The term BYOD is used for a number of different programmes in different schools. At Tuakau College we view BYOD as meaning that:

  1. Students may bring in a device to use in their learning should they wish to do so.
  2. Teachers may provide opportunities for these devices to be used in the classroom or allow these devices to be used alongside other classroom technologies.
  3. The school will permit limited, controlled and monitored access to the school wireless network for these devices.

Tuakau College does not:

  1. Require every student to bring such a device
  2. Require students to bring only a specific device to school

Why a BYOD Programme?

We realise that the world the students live in is increasingly electronic with such things as Facebook, cell phones, teleworking and so forth. At Tuakau College we strive to “Equip individuals for lifelong learning” and we realise that the nature of where and how students learn is evolving. No longer is the library the sole source of information for students and nor are they restricted in the hours they can access information. Students are no longer limited to written and oral forms of communication, but can use a variety of ICT enabled forums to collaborate and present work, with a far vaster audience than was previously possible.

Our BYOD programme will enable students to use technologies in their learning that they are comfortable with using and empower them to continue learning beyond the confines of the school and the hours it is open. We see this as crucial to empowering today’s students to learn for their tomorrow.

What will the outcomes be?

Whilst it would be wonderful for every student to have a computer available to them every minute they are at the school this is not possible. We do not see our BYOD programme as meaning that every student will be using ICT technologies for every part of every lesson, nor even in every lesson. We see BYOD as empowering students with alternative ways of working that enhance or extend existing classroom technologies and strategies.

Other areas that student may find a BYOD device useful is for recording notes, online research via the World Wide Web, capturing images of notes and experiments, viewing teaching materials such as text and video. In particular, students will be able to access and modify their data using Google products and cloud based data storage. This will give the students access to programs in the Google suite and unlimited cloud storage.

Student devices will be granted access to the World Wide Web via our school wireless network, and this access will be monitored and content filtered with certain restriction in place. Students will not be granted access to the school’s file servers from these devices and they will not be permitted to connect the devices to any school computer.

What BYOD device should my child use?

Possible purchasing options:

Financing and insurances options are available here. Insurance is strongly recommended.

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/edu/tuakau

Tuakau College does not requiring that a specific device be used. However, we do offer some guidelines to assist in selection.

  1. What is your child comfortable using or are they using already? We do not want to create “another device” when often students have ICT that is suitable for school use.
  2. The device must have a Web Browser and be wireless capable, preferably g or n wireless. Devices that are only a or b wireless capable can be slow and should be avoided.
  3. We recommend a good quality screen of 9 diagonal inches or larger. Smart Phones have smaller screens which some student may prefer not to use.
  4. Good battery life is imperative for school use; at least six hours between charges.
  5. Beware of devices that are task specific such as eBook readers.
  6. Avoid the cheapest end of the market as these devices are often difficult to use and underpowered. It is worth paying more for a better screen which is more sensitive and clearer, longer battery life and better performance. If the device is difficult to use it probably won’t be used.
  7. A camera is very useful for capturing diagrams, brain storms and experiments. Combined with a free barcode reader it can be useful where teachers supply QR Codes to access materials.
  8. A protective cover is a must for these devices. Students should also think carefully about how and where they place these in their school bags, as well as how they treat their school bag.

Conditions of Use

  1. Student use of BYOD in the school is a privilege and not a right. Any form of misuse or abuse by the student may result in this privilege being removed. Any form of bullying perpetrated via this medium will be dealt with as a disciplinary offence.
  2. The student is responsible for all content on any device brought to school. If the device has content on it that is not appropriate for the school environment it must not be brought to school. Use of any device at school by a student gives the school the right to search that device and act upon any materials found there. This is no different to students bringing print based or other material to school in their school bags.
  3. Use of any BYOD device in the classroom is always subject to permission from the class teacher and is not a blanket right.
  4. Normal NZQA and school regulations for assessments remain in force and where such devices are prohibited from use they must not be used.
  5. Students bringing BYOD devices to school do so at their own risk. The school does not take any liability for their loss or damage, nor for the loss of any data such devices may contain. The school will continue to strive to provide a secure environment for these devices to be used within.
  6. The school will endeavour to provide limited access to its network and to cloud based resources for these devices, as well as cloud based access for those students who do not wish to use a BYOD device. For better access to data students are recommended to store work on USB drives (or hard drives for large amounts of data) AND in the cloud. Again, whilst all care will be taken, the school cannot take responsibility for any loss of service or student data. Secure backup of student work is the responsibility of the student.
  7. Technical issues with student BYOD devices are the student’s responsibility and the school does not provide assistance for them. Should a student ask any member of staff to use or modify their device it is solely at the student’s risk.
  8. The school will not be responsible for any costs incurred by students such as mobile data charges. As stated above, the school will make available a wireless network within its campus that is free for students to use. Should this network be unavailable for any reason the student will be responsible for any data charges they choose to incur.
  9. Internet Access at school is monitored and content filtered. The school reserves the right to remove access from any student in the event of overuse or for other disciplinary reasons.
  10. Students must bring the devices to school fully charged as there will be no provision for charging batteries at school.

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