ULearn 2011 - BYOD

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach sees many schools in New Zealand considering ways to accommodate students wanting to bring their own internet capable computing device to school. This has been happening on an informal basis for some time, with individuals able to bring a device and connect to the schools wireless system, or others who simply use a 3G network card or similar to connect direct to the internet. More recently we’ve seen schools making a decision at a whole-school level, for all students to be able to bring a device and use in at school, connected to the schools wireless network.

As with all new initiatives, there’s a lot more to achieving the goal than meets the eye. This workshop will involve a panel of practitioners who can share their experiences of making this happen, facilitated by a team from CORE and TorqueIP who can contribute from their perspective in providing support and advice to schools.

Themes to be addressed will include:

  • What are the varying philosphies that underpin BYOD? How is this different from those projects that involve school provision of laptops.
  • How can we ensure the devices will be used effectively to support learning? What changes are required to the way we teach or to our curriculum?
  • How do we build an internal wired and wireless network that is capable of handling the number of devices involved? What about cybersafety concerns?
  • What about storage, backup and access?
  • How can parents and community members be won over on this
  • What support or advice needs to be provided to parents/students regarding the choice of device?

Presented by: 

Douglas Harre and Derek Wenmoth from CORE Education and Phil Earl and  Ross Dore from TorqueIP.

And the following  panel of practitioners:

Mark Quickley - Orewa College;

Jenna Bates - Rangitoto College;

Claire Amos - Epsom Girl's Grammar School;

Nick Wilson - Albany Senior High School;

Russell Burt - Point England School

If you wish register your attendance for the ULearn conference click here.

A Crown Loan helped Rotorua Girls High School install energy efficient lighting in their gymnasium (Arena). As a result, the school now save $2,500 per year in energy costs.

The energy efficient technology installed also provides longer lamp life and less maintenance, resulting in additional savings as accessing light fittings in the high ceiling gymnasium is a costly exercise.

Annette Joyce
Rotorua Girls' High School

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