Digital Devices in the Classroom
2020 is the beginning of a new era in the school. All Year 8-13 pupils will be expected to bring an ICT device to use in their classes from the start of 2020. We are committed to using ICT tools to support the girls learning and enhance their ability to collaborate, communicate and create.
There are some general guidelines for what the device should have. It must:
- Have good battery life. Devices must be charged at home, overnight
- Have a keyboard. If your daughter uses an iPad she will require a Bluetooth keyboard.
- Be Internet accessible so that students can access their Microsoft 365 Portal/Google Apps for education
- Be covered by your insurance. The School will not be responsible for any loss or breakages.
- Please note – a Cell Phone will NOT be considered the most appropriate learning device going forward. Your daughter can bring in a device you already have if it meets the criteria above.
For Year 8-10 we highly recommend Chromebooks or some variation on this because they are the most cost effective and durable for this age. For Years 11-13 we recommend laptops.
Attached are the details of some businesses who specialise in supply of devices to school students. We do not promote any particular firm; this information is to help you make an informed decision.
- Noel Leeming Group https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/ ‘Search for Chromebook”
- Office Max - https://www.myschool.co.nz/Southlandgirls
- Cyclone – https://byod.cyclone.co.nz/southlandgirls
- PCMedia - https://www.pcmedia.co.nz/collections/all
(Please note: One of our Senior AT Advisors highly recommends the ACER Chromebook).
We particularly want to emphasise the importance of remembering that a device is a learning tool. Students need to follow our 3 values of respect, responsibility and integrity in relation to device use in the school. We need to be good people on devices, not to hurt, harm and upset others. This is a big step for the school but we believe that in the 21st Century, students need to be IT savvy. Ultimately this benefits the learning and achievement of the girls.
Thank you for your support.