E-Learning & Device Specs
The demands of our global and technology-focused economy is leading schools to place increased emphasis on students being creators of their own knowledge.
ICT will be integrated across the school at all levels and in a range of contexts to allow for anytime, anywhere learning. The use of ICT will support and be unique to both school design and learning design. Technology is rapidly morphing from a tool used to enhance learning to one that transforms it.
Opportunities will exist to create and build on networks that exist within the college, in the local community and globally depending on the context and scope of the learning.
The purpose of the e-portfolio is for learners to showcase work that they are proud of and/or to show progress and significant learning. E-Portfolios provide exhibit space for learners to curate and display their work.
Learners will organise and select their learning to share with with their Learning Coach and with people at home. An e-portfolio website will be created and maintained by each learner as a record of their learning, which is expected to be shared with their parents and Ako learning coach. This e-portfolio is the center of our biannual parent-teacher meetings.
We are encouraging B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) technology paired with ultra-fast broadband internet to help create a ‘connected curriculum’ where education is reliable and available for all learners.
The use of digital technologies is important in a future-focused education and is in line with developing NCEA practice, which announced that NCEA examinations will be completed, where appropriate, on digital devices from the year 2020.
Learners are welcome to connect their smart phones to the school’s ultra-fast wifi network, however smart phones can be a distraction and are deemed an ‘ask first’ device during lesson time.
You can print our BYOD flyer off here if you wish to take it to the store with you.
Wireless capable – 802.11a/n Wifi (which indicates a 5GHz capable wireless card) as this gives the right speed and volume for the school network. Lesser wireless speeds can slow everyone down!
A screen large enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content. You might want to consider as a minimum 10″. Anything smaller, including a smartphone, may be too small and not suitable for use in every lesson.
Long battery life. Please be aware that large screen laptops often have quite short battery life and are also very heavy to carry around.
Weight – this will need to be carried around school with other stationery, PE gear & lunch.
Robustness – sturdy enough for school use to survive a fall onto a hard surface.
Warranty – students using the device regularly will want faults fixed quickly.
Insurance – make sure you are covered for replacement if lost or stolen.
Headphone/earphone jack with some earphones to go in the jack. They do not have to be expensive.
No specialist software is required. Where the use of specialist software is a course requirement it will generally be provided on a cabled PC by the school. All learners have free access to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) – that is Google docs, sheets, presentations, forms – by using their school email account (which is also a Google account). They also have access to free online storage via Google Drive.
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Rolleston College, nor its staff or employees, is not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. 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.
Anti-virus and anti-spyware software is essential to protect the data on the device, and prevent the device being used to spread this malware to other devices at home or at school.
Phone: 03 595 2490
Address: 631 Springston Rolleston Road RollestonNew Zealand, 7614
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