Students of all levels at Cashmere High School are recommended and strongly encouraged to bring an appropriate device to school. A student owned internet capable device is now an important part of a student's toolkit, giving them instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share their learning in a way that prepares them for the future.As a school, we have decided that no one device fits all learners, and are therefore offering choice with regards to the device that a student can provide. With that said, senior students are required to produce the majority of their NCEA assessments online, therefore a laptop would be the device of choice for Year 11 to 13 students. Harvey Norman will be our preferred supplier and they are offering a range of educational packages. We have chosen them as they will supply a backup device if there is an issue, which means there will be minimal downtime and not interfere with a student's learning. Harvey Norman have an Education desk in store where you can discuss what is available in relation to the specifications the school has provided in the BYOD flyer. The advantages of a student owned device have been highlighted in a recent literature review carried out by Noeline Wright from the University of Waikato (2010). She concludes that there is a number of benefits with regards to using a variety of eLearning experiences in the classroom on a regular basis. These include improved motivation and engagement, greater independence and personalised learning, improved critical thinking, greater access to information, resources and experts and allowing a greater opportunity for collaboration in a wider context than just the classroom.
The following link are the resources used by Tessa Gray (CORED Education) for a parent information evening hosted here at our school on Monday 11th August 2014. It includes some very useful video clips illustrating issues around unsafe internet use.
NetSafe is an independent non-profit New Zealand organisation that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of online technologies. This organisation promotes cybersafety and champions digital citizenship by educating and supporting individuals, organisations and industry on a range of issues. Their website is an excellent New Zealand site to offer guidance and support on issues related to safe internet and digital technology use.