Over the past few years Red Beach has worked with the Ministry, students and our community to be in a reliable, tested and educated position to give students the opportunity to bring personalised learning devices to school. Next year, in 2016 we want to continue to give this opportunity to our Year 5 and 6 students and also to our Year 3 and Year 4 students who would we believe, benefit from this opportunity.
We would like to emphasize that this is optional and not compulsory.
It is our aim to develop in our students the capability, skills and attitudes that will enable them to be learners for life. We want our young people to grow and develop, knowing and applying the qualities and characteristics of lifelong learners.
Our overall goal at Red Beach School is to empower students to achieve and make a difference. Technology is a tool to engage students and have them engage in their learning. ‘Bringing their own Personalised Learning Device’ (more commonly called BYOD - Bring Your Own Device) is to develop an environment that caters for deeper learning. Student will use their digital devices in ways that promote learning and digital and technological literacy.
How will my son/daughter's device be used in the classroom?
Red Beach will challenge students with a personalized academic learning experience that will foster innovation and creativity. A device will give them a further opportunity to engage in an integrated curriculum, access information and apply it to solve authentic problems in a collaborative manner.
What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged? What recourse can I take?
Students bring devices to school at their own risk, just like other personal items. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged. Red Beach will have lockable cardboards available for devices when needed.
What will my child have access to and how will this be monitored?
Your child will have the same access to any web-based software that Red Beach School uses (Internet, Google Apps for Education). Using teacher dashboard and other monitors on our server we can oversee students activity. Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons.
I have my device with me in class. How do I get on the internet?
Most devices will detect a wireless connection and ask if you would like to join the network (choose BYOD); when prompted use your Red Beach BYOD code that you will receive once your BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement has been returned to your teacher.
Why am I filtered on my own device? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my Device?
Internet filtering is a requirement of all schools regardless of the device you use to access it. You own the device, but the network, Red Beach Google Domain, and your email account belongs to the school.
I don’t have a device to bring to school. Will I be penalised or miss out on personalised learning?
No, it is not compulsory for students to bring a device. When devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, s
tudents without a device will be provided access to an appropriate school owned device, however these will need to be shared within the class.
Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Agreement I signed even though this is my personal device?
Yes, those with a personal device must have the Acceptable Use Agreement and also the BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement signed.
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