KAHAROA SCHOOL NEWS

Noel Leeming BYOD Deals

posted: Wed, October 30, 2019

With Christmas and the new school year just around the corner, this could be an ideal opportunity for parents to consider purchasing a Chromebook if your child is moving into the middle/senior area of our school. Teachers have noted how much BYOD has enabled the learning for those who have their own devices.

Children have instant access to learning resources, information and their work. They are showing greater learner agency (or ownership of and engagement in their learning) with access anytime, anywhere. This along with device familiarity means that the children’s learning is flexible and more learner-focused than device focused. They don’t have to wait their turn for or share a device and they take greater care of their own property. Those children moving on to High School can transition easily, having a device already, while taking their Kaharoa School work and achievements with them.

Noel Leeming has deals on Chromebook devices we allow for BYOD, as per the attached flyer. This flyer has an expiry date of 30 November 2019, at which point we understand, the expiry date may extend to the end of January 2020. After considerable feedback from customers, Noel Leeming has approached the flyers slightly differently this year, and have not included bundles of accessories. Instead they are recommending that at the time of purchasing their device customers choose the accessories they want from our wide range in-store, which allows them to personalise the accessories they want. This also allows the customer to purchase the accessories at the discounted BYOD pricing at the same time.

Also please see the below link to the Noel Leeming BYOD Toolkit. This link give customers the most up to date BYOD information available at any time.

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/byod-toolkit

Please note it is certainly not advocated or expected by the school that every child in Rooms 5 through to 8 purchase a device however below are some of the reasons we are advocating BYOD.

What is BYOD? BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is a policy that allows students to bring their own computing devices to school for use on the school’s network. These devices are also used at WHHS, RGHS and Lakes High School. When at school, children work only on the school Network for Learning filtered network which we control.

The school has a limited number of devices which the children currently work on, so why are we promoting this opportunity? Below are some reasons.

  1. Allocates Financial Resources Elsewhere - Significant savings for the school from reduced hardware costs which frees up money to be allocated elsewhere within the school and BYOD allows schools to make e-books available to children.
  2. Integrates Technology into the Curriculum - Devices are restricted to booked time slots. This limits learning opportunities. BYOD would create an optimal learning environment across subject areas, with child access to technology when needed.
  3. 1:1 Child to Device Ratio - Budget constraints prevent us from providing each child with their own device. BYOD creates an opportunity to get closer to one device per child ratio (1:1). The 1:1 ratio produces a child-centered environment that improves learning.
  4. Provides Access to Up-to-Date Technology - Technology is continuously evolving. BYOD is an effective way to ensure that children have a current device. This is important because the majority of jobs today require technology skills. In addition, new career opportunities are constantly developing. By the time a student graduates from high school there will be even more jobs that are new as a direct result of technology advancements. It is essential that students have up-to-date technology to prepare for work in a high-tech, global economy.
  5. Allows Children to Personalise Device - A school owned device cannot be customised per user. However, different learners have different needs. With BYOD, students can customise the settings to make it easier for them to use. This increases their comfort level and confidence. In certain cases, teachers can install applications allowing children to use programmes that best suit their needs. This can benefit everyone, but especially English as a Second Language (ESL) and special needs learners, who may require specialty software or custom dictionaries.
  6. Fosters Anytime, Anywhere Learning - School owned devices do not go home with the children. With BYOD, the computer belongs to the child, allowing them to take it anywhere. This extends learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
  7. Promotes Innovative Teaching Methods - Encourages teachers to incorporate innovative teaching practices, instructional materials, activities, assessment tools, and communication methods.
  8. Enables the Use of Digital Instructional Materials - When children have their own device, it makes it possible for teachers to integrate the use of digital instructional materials into learning more frequently. For example, they can increase their use of E-books, online content, video, drill and practice learning, simulations to teach concepts and these improve the relevance, timeliness, and interest in curriculum.
  9. Improves Communication - BYOD gives each child the capacity to communicate with parents, teachers, administrators, peers, community members, industry experts, and others, using email chat, blogs, and other technology under teacher supervision throughout the school day. Improved communication enhances learning.
  10. Transforms Children’s Learning - Ongoing access to technology throughout the school day transforms the classroom into a child-centered environment. This promotes innovative teaching practice and access to digital instructional materials that improve learning. BYOD can increase children’s ability to collaborate, transfer learning, work independently, be responsible, use technology competently, apply higher order thinking skills, express creativity, and act as digital citizens. These skills are all necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

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