At Rosehill College all students will benefit from the extra learning opportunities that a digital device will create and hence why the school sees it as a necessary learning tool. Each student’s device will need to connect to the Rosehill College wireless network and some devices will be better suited to this task than others. Rosehill College recommends a Chromebook as a functional and affordable tool that will give the student access to Google applications such as Google Classroom and Google Meet which teachers use to manage resources, lessons and assessments. A Chromebook will also provide added security as the school will activate Google Management software on your device that will restrict access to non-educational online material during the school day. Other devices such as laptops will work within our I.T infrastructure but would not have the benefit of targeting the students online environment.

The following minimum specifications for a Chromebook are recommended:

  • Memory Size: 2GB
  • Screen Size: 11.6 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1366×768
  • SSD or HDD capacity: 16GB
  • Operating System: Chrome OS

Chromebooks are a browser based technology that provide users access to the web through the Google Chrome browser. This provides all teachers and students with access to the suite of Google tools, including:

  • GMail: Email service with 30gigs storage
  • Classroom: software for receiving and submitting classwork
  • Drive: cloud based office productivity  software (docs, spreadsheets, calendar, forms)
  • Meet: hold online video conferences
  • Sites: website creation software
  • Blogger: a website for recording opinions, online journaling and discussing information
  • Picasa: Image storage, sharing and editing
  • YouTube: Video service
  • GooglePlus: social networking service


Google Management Licenses:

In order to better facilitate on-task work in classrooms and encourage habits of being responsible online users, Rosehill College activates management software on Year 9 to 12 student Chromebooks to help ensure students can only connect to the school network and therefore control what is available for students on the internet and ensure that their managed accounts have no access to games or social media accounts.

Rosehill College requires students with Chromebooks in Years 9 to 12 to have Google Management Licenses activated on their Chromebooks. This managed account will run for the duration of the school day and then be disabled when the student returns home. Parents will be able to choose to have the student’s device managed full time as well at a later date.


Device Management Activation:

Year 9 students and new students will be provided a sticker to identify their device on their first day at school. Students will establish a connection with the school network (log-on) under supervision.

Students will follow instructions from their Tutor Teacher and drop their device off for the activation of Google management at Gym 1 and will pick up their device before the end of the school day. There are staggered times for drop off and pick up.

Students must ensure any files stored on their Chromebook hard-drive are put into a cloud account or onto an external drive before device management activation. If they do not do this, their will be lost.


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. During Covid lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 the management system also helped students stay on task. 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.


Chromebook Management F.A.Q’s:

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  login to the college network. You will also get a label with your name and student ID number that you will stick onto your Chromebook. Make sure your Chromebook is fully charged for the day.

 

Q: What happens if I am away or miss my set time to get the management activated on my device?
A: There is a catch up day where technicians will be available to activate google device management.

 

Q: Will I be able to login to 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 hard-drive?
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 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.”- Chris Hipkins, 2018


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.