Digital technologies have a profound effect on how we communicate, work and learn. Our education system is constantly evolving and the challenge faced by schools is to bring technology into the classroom to inspire learning and create independent, critical thinkers.
We have been working closely with our Governing Council – Digital Technology Committee over the last few years to investigate ways to effectively integrate digital technology into our classrooms. Our DT Committee are committed to establishing a BYOD program at our school for our Year 5-7 learners in 2021.
Our committee noted the main advantages as:
Allowing students to use these types of devices provides a unique interactive experience and exposes them to concepts like gamification (the addition of game elements to non-game activities), and may encourage greater engagement, which is more likely to lead to accelerated development.
Hones technical skills
By familiarising themselves with laptops, tablets and even smartphones, students are preparing for the modern workforce where digital literacy and tech savviness are expected in virtually all jobs.
There are a range of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes offered within our Partnership and at local secondary schools, and we have ensured that our recommended laptop is compatible with their BYOD requirements.
The committee has considered all factors and support the 1:1 laptop requirements and believe purchasing one of the recommended laptops through a portal is the best choice for our school. This option has been identified due to the fact that it allows our school Technician to trouble shoot and resolve issues during the time he works with us each week. Therefore it is vital that the laptops are able to integrate within our current school infrastructure. This includes multiple classes being able to use computers in their classrooms at the same time and ensure that speed functions are not compromised, resulting in quicker downloads and efficient use of learning time.
Over the coming weeks we will finalise our price comparisons and establish a purchase portal with the company offering the most competitive prices. We will share this link as soon as possible.
We acknowledge that some families may require additional time to factor in this expense, and while starting in term 1 would be a preference, we are aiming to have full introduction at the start of Term 2 2021.
We are also developing a new acceptable use agreement and it is hoped that this will be ratified by our Governing Council early next year.
To assist with our planning for 2021, please complete the Skoolbag eform by Thursday 19th November, 2020 Week 6 Term 4.