As we move forward with the introduction of devices within the school, we welcome all students to be able to access the St Bede’s BYOD wifi network, they will need to read and sign the BYOD acceptable use policy.
Students will need to return the form to Mr MacManus, you can leave the completed form at the student office.
BYOD will be optional in 2013 with teachers encouraging the use of Bring Your Own Devices whenever possible and students will be able to use them for homework activities at present, with the potential for future integration into classroom teaching and learning.
There is no expectation that a student will need a $1500+ laptop. Noel Leeming and other electronic stores have netbooks around $400 which will be suitable for lessons, see the recommendations around “The Device” below as well as special deals.
Though smartphones/ipod touch devices will be allowed on the network, they continue to be under the school policy on cellphones where they are not to be used within class, they have their uses, however typing up an essay or an activity on these devices is not advised.
We will allow students a maximum of two devices to be connected to the St Bede’s BYOD wifi.
St Bede’s College already makes use of a number of eLearning tools, each student has access to their own email account, online storage, and calendar through google apps. Access to course material through bedenet, a Learning Management System using Moodle. Video on demand services through etv.org.nz and clickview. Students are able to access their timetable, weekly notes and other details through a student portal. Students are able to print from their devices through an online print service. The only limitation is that students will not be able to access their documents on the network, this is to protect the school systems from viruses and being a storage repository of non-school related material. Students are able to use cloud storage within the Google Apps environment as well as dropbox to store their documents.
We are currently working with our textbook suppliers in making available a number of textbooks online through the schools Learning Management System, currently Year 9, 10 and 11 Mathematics textbooks and homework books are available, as well as Year 9, 10, 11, Chemistry Level 2 and 3 as well as Physics Level 2 and 3.
To enable our Vision of “To be the trusted lead provider of quality Catholic Boys’ education for secondary school families” and the following goals:
• To embrace e-learning, through personalised learning opportunities that are flexible and authentic and meet each student’s aspirations and educational needs.
• To provide increased access to ICT for students, staff and parents for the purpose of improving learning outcomes for the boys.
• Creating an environment that enhances and improves student and teacher excellence, through integrating new technologies into the wide range of opportunities students are offered to enable them to participate in a global world.
From the Rector’s 2013 end of year address
“At St Bede’s we have a grand opportunity to rebuild our College to best meet the needs of the 21st Century learner to move away from learning spaces designed in the industrial age to provide spaces where students can work independently, or to have spaces where shared teaching of larger groups can operate also.
Personalisation of learning with programmes tailored to individual learners by, for example, collaborating with other educational institutions and the workplace are other trends we are seeing overseas but also beginning to be evident in this country, and the learning potential of ICT is core. A core element of 21st century learning and changes in this area is exponential as we all know. IT must be treated as a tool for learning and not just a new toy.
We are investigating the BYOD (Bring your own device) option and trialling how this might look. We are considering how schools which use open source software, with students and teachers locating the software they need and when they need it. We will consider such options as teachers placing all their learning and resources on the school’s intranet to access at any time.”
E-learning and pedagogy
Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section.
For instance, e-learning may:
• 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
Students will need a device that is suitable for typing and editing documents and accessing and using internet resources and tools. Specifications of suitable devices for these classes:
• A netbook/notebook would be preferred over an iPad/tablet device
• Although smartphones/touch/mobile devices will assist with the learning, they are not our focus
• Wireless capable – preferably 802.11n Wi-Fi standard as this gives the right speed and future proofing
• Long battery life (ie netbook, laptop or Tablet PC). Laptops/notebooks often will not last through a full school day, these devices should be charged prior to coming to school.
• A screen large (10”+) enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content.
• Weight – this will need to be carried around school with other school books
• Robustness – sturdy enough for school use
• Warranty – students using the device regularly will want faults fixed quickly, the school will not provide a technical support service.
• Insurance – make sure you are covered for replacement if lost or stolen, the school insurance does not cover personal property.
Options available for purchase:
Earlier in 2012 the NZ Catholic Education Office signed an agreement with Noel Leeming (including Bond and Bond). The agreement is that a Catholic school, family and friends of any Catholic school nationwide can purchase items from one of the Companies 96 stores nationwide at Noel Leeming’s cost price, plus 10%, plus GST. The agreement runs 12 months a year. The person purchasing items needs to identify themselves as associated with NZ Catholic Schools to get the special pricing.
The St Bede’s College Cyclone Online site is now also active, please feel free to visit: http://www.cycloneonline.co.nz/ Select “St Bedes College” in the “select your institution” Box & Enter the Password sbc2013, then Submit, If you wish to purchase the computer over 12, 24 or 36 months, these options are available when you select the finance option. To guarantee delivery by January 2013, your order needs to be placed by December 14.