Why BYOD - Bring Your Own Device?
We have found that many of our students already have their own devices – be that a smartphone, their own laptop, tablet or iPad. They’re already using these devices, so it makes sense for us to leverage this usage in an educational setting. We want our students to bring their own device of choice to school, the one that they are most comfortable with - we will not be telling parents what device they must purchase.
BYOD is Voluntary
We provide a number of computers in each classroom and we have a selection of laptops, 70 Chromebooks and 120 wired desktop computers available for students.
The short movies below show how BYOD has the power to make a real difference and help students prepare for the future.
There are definite cost savings in BYOD for Golden Bay High School but this isn’t to say BYOD is cost free. Funds are required to invest in a solid wireless infrastructure to support the demand of student devices. We are using the following to support this demand:
G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education)
We use G Suite at GBHS, this can be accessed from any web browser which allows us to be device neutral. G Suite for Education means we have cloud based storage for students and staff using Google Drive alongside our own data servers. As long as the device has access to the internet by having a web browser an essay can be written and work can be accessed.
Golden Bay High School Acceptable Use Policies
These are the Agreements and Information sheets that have to be read and signed before students are allowed to have their devices connected to our wifi network. Please read them as they contain a lot of information which may be of assistance to you.
Although students are only to use the GBHS student network whilst at school, students will access other networks on their own device outside of school. We cannot simply put filters and firewalls in place to keep our children safe all the time. This is where Digital Citizenship and Cybersafety come in. We are embedding the concepts of digital citizenship and cybersafety into all elements of our teaching. Cybersafety is something that needs to be constantly addressed and Netsafe have some excellent material for schools and parents to follow.
For more information on Cybersafety please have a look at our Digital Technologies page.
Current advice from the National Radiation Laboratory (part of the New Zealand Ministry of Health) states:
"The health research carried out to date shows that working and studying in areas with WiFi equipment poses no health and safety risks to adults or children. Although no special precautions are needed, if individuals are concerned and wish to reduce their exposures, they can take simple steps to do so:
What device should we purchase?
In 2016-17 we are recommending that students bring their own device to support and enhance their learning. We are actively creating an environment that will work with any wifi-enabled device. If you are considering purchasing a new device, it’s important to keep in mind how the student is going to use the device. A laptop may be better for a senior student or a student that is interested in gaming, photography or video editing. A Chromebook may be sufficient if they only require internet and G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education).
A good device for school use:
For Junior Students: Recommended devices are Chromebooks as they are affordable, fast and easy to use. Most activities will require a good internet connection via wifi. There are 2 models we recommend - Cost $300 - $400.
If you wish to order a Chrome-book with the Special GBHS Pricing please click on the picture (right).
An alternative is a full Windows notebook - it will be more suitable for working offline if you do not have wifi at home - Cost $500 - $600. Please note this is a low-end device. If you have the budget we advise looking at the Senior Students recommendation.
For Senior Students: Windows Laptop or Apple Laptop - these are the most functional but they require greater management. Prices vary considerably depending upon specification. Look for something with an i5 processor or better and at least 4gb RAM. Cost $800 - $1500 or more if you choose a high end device.
Devices come with a lot of preloaded software. Additional software may be needed depending on the activities the student chooses to engage in. Many free alternatives are available and you will not be required to purchase Microsoft Office.
Insurance: Devices can become lost or broken at school, make sure your Insurance policy covers this.
BYOD is not compulsory and GBHS has Chromebooks available for use at school if a student does not have their own device.
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