BYOD Information

 

All Year 7 to 13 students are asked to bring 
their own computing device to Sancta Maria College in 2017


Why Sancta Maria College has gone Digital?

At Sancta Maria College, we want to provide 21st century learning experiences using online tools and access to ‘own devices’ to communicate, collaborate and create new knowledge and understanding. We ask all Year 7 to 13 students to bring their own digital device to school.

Sancta Maria College has no intention of becoming a "paperless" school. We still believe that it is important for students to use pen and paper. The digital device will be used to support learning by allowing students to use online resources such as Office 365 and Schoology.

Teachers will continue learning alongside students. We expect usage of devices

At a recent parent meeting the most commonly asked question was:

 

What digital device do you recommend?

One of the many realities in a school environment is that students require a lightweight, highly portable device with a long battery life. Students must carry their device from class to class and will not be able to rely on having an opportunity to recharge their device during the day. In addition to this, the device must also be wireless capable, have a good warranty and be robust. This means that the build quality of the device must be high.

This is a significant factor behind Sancta Maria College recommending computing devices. Tablets such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Microsoft Surface provide good value for money in terms of the above requirements. They are suitable for Years 7 to 9. For years 10 and above a laptop may be more suitable.

 

Android Tablets

Android devices are great but there is a huge variation in quality of hardware and build quality. If you would rather purchase an Android tablet it would be best to choose one that is made by an established manufacturer such as Samsung or Acer. Android 5.0 or higher and a screen size of 10 inch or larger is recommended. 7 inch tablets are not recommended as the screen size can be restrictive.

 

 Windows Tablets

There are now a number of tablets running Windows 8.1RT and Windows 8.1 pro. These are ideal for school use as they run a standard operating system with the advantages of small size, light weight and long battery life.

 

 Apple iPad

This has been the most popular device in 2014. It now comes with Pages, Numbers, iMovie, Keynote, and iPhoto out of the box.

 

Notebooks

Battery life is a consideration when buying a laptop. Having a spare battery may be a cost effective way of extending the time between charges.

 

Minimum specifications for a notebook are:
Screen size: 13 inch
Processor: Dual Core (i3 or i5 recommended)
RAM: 2GB (8GB recommended)
Built in wireless

Smart phones do not have the functionality required and are not part of the BYOD programme.


The school has negotiated special pricing for BYOD Devices with SupplyNZ

More details are available here

You do not have to purchase a device from SupplyNZ. Parents are welcome to compare prices and purchase a device from elsewhere.


Microsoft Office

All students can download and install Microsoft Office on to their device for free. To download and install office students need to log in to their Office 365 accounts.

log in at portal.office.com

Students log on with their school email address <IDNumber>@my.sanctamaria.school.nz and their school computer login password.


Frequently Asked Questions About BYOD

BYOD = Bring Your Own Device 

What is meant by the term “Device”?

For purposes of BYOD, “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable tablet or notebook computer.

What access do pupils have to the Internet? Can they use 3G etc.?
Only the internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connective devices such as but not limited to, cell phones, cell network adapters, t-stick, vodem, etc, are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources at any time.

 

How much will a device cost? Can it be bought from the school?
The school will not be selling devices. You can purchase a tablet or netbook from any supplier.

 

Who is responsible for security and damage?
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Sancta Maria College, its staff or employees, are not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal effects. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases are encouraged.

All internet activity is logged and all student devices can be located within the school using the school wifi system.

 

Will my child have to sign an agreement?
Yes, all students will have to sign a Student Agreement. No student will be permitted to use personal technology devices unless the agreement is signed and returned.

 

What is a Student Agreement?
The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, they will benefit the learning environment as a whole. Students and parents/guardians participating in BYOD must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use and Internet Safety. Additionally, technology:

Must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
May not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.
May only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Games are not permitted.
Students acknowledge that:

The school's network filters will be applied to one's connection to the internet and attempts will not be made to bypass them.
Bringing on to the premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorised data or information is in violation of Student Acceptable Use Policy.
Processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of Student Acceptable Use Policy.
Sancta Maria College has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
The College has the right to inspect files on any device brought on to the campus irrespective of whether or not it has been the cause of a problem/ attack / virus (This covers devices that may contain pornography / objectionable material obtained offsite and stored on the Student Owned Device)
Files may have to be saved on the C drive of the laptop, a USB drive, an external drive, or Cloud based storage.
It is the owner’s responsibility for the repair of any malfunctioning / damaged devices. Sancta Maria College does not supply technical services for student owned devices.
Personal technology must be charged prior to bringing it to school and must run off its own battery while at school. Charging of your device will be available on a limited basis and is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.


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