At Lemonwood Grove, the use of digital technologies allows learning to become ubiquitous where learning can take place anytime and anywhere, rather than between 9am and 3pm within the school gates. We have seen that the use of digital technologies increases the engagement and motivation of our learners and enables teachers to cater to a range of interests and learning styles. Learning with digital technologies fosters creativity and problem solving, allowing our learners to participate in self directed learning opportunities. Learning with digital technologies also enables our learners to form partnerships and collaborate with others locally, internationally and globally.
In 2017, we introduced an optional BYOD policy for learners in years 3 to 8. Families can decide whether they would like their child/ren to bring their own device to school to support their learning. If your child does not bring their own device to school, they can continue to use a school owned device. We are also investigating extending our BYOD policy to our younger learners.
Please note that the school aims to provide a safe online environment and uses N4L (Network for Learning) to provide a secure, filtered and reliable internet connection. More information can be found here https://www.n4l.co.nz/managed-network/web-filtering. Safe and responsible use of digital technology is also supported through our digital citizenship programmes.
While we are not prescribing any devices, we do recommend a chromebook or an iPad. These are familiar to our learners already, and best support the learning at Lemonwood Grove. As a general guide, the device should be wifi capable, lightweight, have a screen size of no less than 7” and have a battery life of 6 hours.
If you are the parent of a year 7 or 8 learner, and are considering purchasing a device, you may like to check any BYOD requirements that your child’s future college may have. Some colleges specify a device, or type of device (for example, the device should have a proper keyboard). Information on Rolleston College’s BYOD requirements can be found here: http://www.rollestoncollege.nz/learning/byod/
Where to from here?
If you are interested in your child bringing their own device to school:
If your child is intending on bringing an iPad, review this list of recommended apps.