Alexandra Primary is excited to introduce ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) to our school in 2013. This means that your child/children can bring their own iPad to school to enhance and support their learning. This is not a compulsory requirement. Your child will not be disadvantaged if you choose to not send an iPad to school. We have other technology that your child can access at times. The main goal of the BYOD initiative is that learning can be accessed anywhere, anytime with a 1:1 device and it will enhance their learning opportunities and experiences.
We know that hand-held devices are the learning tools of the 21st Century.
We know they offer approximately 80% of the capabilities of a laptop computer and are much for accessible and affordable for users.
Their portability, multi-functionality, cost to effectiveness ratio, and coolness factor make them a compelling learning tool for everyone.
In 2011 we started the e-class. Each child had their own iPad to use in the class for the year. We quickly discovered the wide range of resources and applications available to help children with their learning. Children were engaged in learning and were able to have success in areas of learning they hadn’t had success in before. Having an individual device meant that they had any where any time access to learning support applications, the world wide web, and a means to powerful to create and communicate new learning.
In 2012 we expanded the use of iPads and devices in the school with the introduction of 2 pods of iPads. We have a pod of 10 iPad2s and 15 iPad1s. These are used throughout the school at various times throughout the day and have been a successful addition to the ICT tools we use in the school. Many children, particularly in Year 7-8 have brought their own devices to school to use. The e-class is in its second year, with some children who were in the e-class last year using their own iPad in their classes this year.
In 2013:We live in an ever changing world, where schools are not the only source of learning. Our students are using digital devices outside of school to communicate and learn. We would now like to see those devices used in school to further enhance and personalise their learning.
Why BYOD (Bring your own device?)
The advantages for students who bring in their own device to school are many and varied. Students
will still have access to the classroom computers and school pod of iPads.
The advantages of student owned devices include:
✦ Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activities
✦ The ability to develop “digital” folders and exercise books for their classes
(that can’t be lost, and never need replacing) through Google Apps
✦ The ability to develop a portfolio of their learning using Google sites.
✦ Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents and peers to support
their learning through instant access to their student e-mail
✦ Anytime, anywhere access to unlimited resources and information on the
✦ The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button
✦ Allowing students to become active partners in their learning
e-Learning in the New Zealand Curriculum
Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young
people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential
✦ assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning
environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
✦ facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that
extend well beyond the classroom
✦ assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account
of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
✦ enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them
time, allowing them to take their learning further.
Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it
can open up new and different ways of learning. (NZC, 2007).
Setting up your device and its use at school
Guidelines for BYOD: