Why do we do this?
Research tells us that being in an online space and having an online persona are increasingly difficult for students to manage. Expectations for online behaviour require mature decision making and even in a normal school social environment students make mistakes. Making a mistake online can have significant and long term consequences. 44% of all incident reports that end up being reviewed by the Principal for disciplinary action in 2019 had direct connection to the misuse of a device, up from 22% in 2018. The Pastoral team of H.O.H’s and Counselors are increasingly spending more of their time unraveling issues that occur online and then have real world ramifications. By providing a secure network and a number of programs that teach students how to navigate an online environment Rosehill College will allow students the time and space to become adept at using the internet responsibly.
Mr Spackman the Deputy Principal in charge of I.C.T is available to answer your questions.
Q: Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
A: You will need to upload / back-up any information stored on your device to an external drive or cloud storage. In Tutor time you will get a label with your name and student I.D number that you will stick onto your Chromebook. You will need your student I.D card to prove you are you when you drop off and pick up your device. Make sure your Chromebook is fully charged for the day. You will need to upload / back-up any information stored on your device to an external drive or cloud storage.
Q: What happens if I am away or miss my set time to get the management software installed on my device?
A: There is a catch up day where technicians will be available to install the management software.
Q: Will I be able to log into my personal accounts when I am at school?
A: No. You will only be able to access your Rosehill College account
Q: Can I access anything I have saved on my Chromebook’s harddrive?
A: No. You will have to move any material to your school account GoogleDrive if you wish to access it at school.
Q: On the day I get the management software on my Chromebook do I stay with my Chromebook?
A: No. You will label your Chromebook and leave it with the technician and it will be checked in. When you come back 2 hours later you will need to show your student I.D and sign for it’s return.
Q: Will my Chromebook be managed when I am at home?
A: No. Your device will only be managed during school hours.
Q: Can my Chromebook be managed after school as well?
A: Yes. Caregivers will be able to choose to have the management time to be extended for after school hours as well.
E Learning at Rosehill College
Rosehill College is enthusiastic about the opportunities that eLearning offers our students. We acknowledge that the world is changing and that opportunities for different learning and teaching approaches have been created through the rapid development in technologies worldwide.
The New Zealand Curriculum explicitly states that our vision is to foster young people who will be “confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners” (NZC, 2007). The New Zealand Curriculum’s recently revised Technology learning area strengthens the positioning of digital technologies in the New Zealand Curriculum. The goal of the revision is to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals. This provides a greater focus on students building their skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies.
“The digital curriculum is about teaching children how to design their own digital solutions and become creators of, not just users of, digital technologies, to prepare them for the modern workforce.”
The Benefits of BYOD:
There are many advantages students bringing their own devices to support their educational needs. A student-owned internet capable device can be an important part of a student’s educational toolkit, providing them instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share their learning in ways that are evolving and improving.
Some of the benefits of BYOD include:
- Students learning to manage files and resources for their classes through cloud computing.
- Students developing a portfolio that showcases their learning using Google Suite.
- Students engaging in online communication with teachers, parents and peers to support their learning.
- Anywhere-anytime access to targeted and broad resources and information.
- Active learning partnerships and collaborations in synchronous and asynchronous environments.