BYOD - Frequently Asked Questions

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BYOD was introduced at year 9 in 2015 and we are slowly increasing its use throughout the school one year level at a time.  Teachers plan how to incorporate technology into lessons so that it enhances learning rather than using it for the sake of it.

Our Operating System

The college uses Microsoft Office 365 as its student Learning Management System which students can access from school and home. It has student resources on it they can use and things like a drop box for homework assignments etc. Currently Microsoft provides schools with Student Advantage which gives students free licences to download office products on up to 5 Windows devices.

Who will support students with their device (ie, connect to network etc)?

The device is the students own responsibility.  They will be expected to know the basics of using their particular device for example turning on and off, volume control, locating and saving files.  It is not the teacher’s responsibility to know how to use every type of device available however teachers would be able to help with skills such as file management.

All students are encouraged to bring their own device to use in school to support E-learning in classes.  Smaller devices such as cellphones, Ipad minis etc have a place for quick reference or to take photos but should not be the main device for use in a classroom. Generally teachers have found laptops are better for students to use in classrooms than other devices.

Your daughter will be required to sign a new digital citizenship agreement with the school and all teachers will take every opportunity to talk about what this means with students.  The agreements are published on the school website for parents to view.  The deans and form teachers hold an initial workshop for the girls at the start of the year.

When students bring a device to school they are responsible for its care and safety.  The device should be with the student or in a locked locker at ALL TIMES. Every department in the school will be encouraged to use student devices as a tool to enhance learning.  This means the devices may not be used in every lesson all of the time.

The school has upgraded its network so that it has improved ability to monitor the use of all devices connected to it.  If your daughter has access to the internet via her own data plan and is not accessing the internet via the school wireless network then she can go to any website that she chooses.  Parents should discuss safe internet usage with their daughter.

We would welcome any questions/comments/suggestions from parents.  This can be done via the website or email Mrs Babette Moehricke:

Recommended Specifications

E-learning uses digital devices to support and enhance learning, therefore we are not recommending any one specific device.  However, we do recommend certain capabilities that a device should have in order to be the most effective in the classroom.  Sacred Heart College is a Microsoft school and your daughter is able to improve her skills with basic Microsoft products by using the IT Academy which can be accessed both at school and home.  Please see Mrs Carol Free, HOD Learning Support, if your daughter is interested in this.

It is not realistic to expect that teachers are expected to know how to use all of the devices students bring into their classes.  Therefore it is important that your daughter knows the basics about her device use.  Some of the larger retailers offer free training as part of the purchase package.

CPU:Minimum Intel atom
Memory (RAM):  2Gb minimum, 4Gb recommended
Screen Size:Large enough to work with documents in order to create and edit content.
Keyboard:Laptops have this, but if you are considering a tablet, an external keyboard will make things easier at school. Some students have found that the separate keyboards are not as easy to manage.
Battery:Students are not able to recharge devices at school so a battery life of at least 5 hours is recommended.
Operating System:Prefer Windows 8, 10 or MacOS.
Browser Capability:Browser capable of internet access (eg Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox). Wireless networking (Wifi) capable.
Anti-virus:This is essential to protect data on the device and ensure that malware is not spread to other devices on the school network or at home.
Microsoft Office:Your daughter has access to the Microsoft Student Advantage programme through the school. This gives your daughter the ability to have the Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) on up to 5 devices.
Robustness: The device needs to handle the inevitable knocks and the constant opening and closing, so some kind of protective case will be needed.
Weight:Students have to carry their device with everything else during the day. Feedback from schools indicate the device should be less than 1.5kg, including the case.
Insurance:The school does not accept responsibility if a device is lost, damaged or stolen. Please check that your own policy covers the device.
Service/Support:The school does not provide any service or support for student owned devices.

Our school-wide expectations:

  • No pictures or videoing (unless the teacher has given permission).
  • When not in use your device must be in flight mode and phones face down.
  • Devices come to school fully charged.
  • YOU are responsible for YOUR device.
  • Teachers will also have rules for use of devices in their own classrooms.
  • Students will not be allowed to use devices between classes as this creates a health and safety issues on stairways and in corridors.

As we are still in the process of developing our BYOD processes we would welcome questions / comments / suggestions from parents.

This can be done via the website or email Mrs Babette Moehricke:

Student Licence to Microsoft Office Products

BYOD Information for Parents and New Students

BYOD Cyber Safety presentation

Netsafe: Supporting New Zealand internet users

Digital Citizenship Agreement

Digital Citizen Policy

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