In the Classroom

1:1 Computing

Academic 23 June ABC8694

St Andrew's College intoduced a 1:1 Computing Programme in 2014 that requires all students in Year 9 to bring their own computer to school.

What is 1:1 Computing?

A classroom where there is one computer to each student. In the case of St Andrew's College, each student will be required to bring their own computer selected from a range of recommended models. This is different from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme where students can bring whatever computer they already own to class.

7 Reasons why 1:1 computing is important for today’s students:

  1.  We need to prepare our students for future tertiary study and the work environment.
  2.  There are increased opportunities for collaborative learning.
  3.  It increases access to a huge range of electronic resources, which help enhance learning.
  4.  Students with their own device find it a natural progression of our e-Learning strategies, tying in with the use of our LMS (Learning Management System)
  5. There are a number of pedagogical benefits: (a) NZ Curriculum specifically references the value of e-Learning and (b) international research shows the benefits of e-Learning for students.
  6.  It is important to attract quality teachers who want to teach in a “digital classroom”.
  7.  Students exist in a largely “digital world” outside of school, but school is often a non-digital world. This programme has potential to increase engagement in learning as students use the tools they are most familiar with to facilitate their learning.

What types/models of computers is St Andrew's College considering?

St Andrew's College have partnered with cyclone.co.nz, allowing parents to take advantage of Cyclone's bulk buying of devices across many schools throughout New Zealand. This allows students/parents to purchase a computer that they will develop a strong sense of ownership for and enjoy using for their school / homework.

You can see these recommended models and pricing by going to the following link:

http://stac.nz/StAC-BYOD

There are a range of Apple and HP laptops along with Suface Pro4 bundles to choose from.

How compatible would these computers be with the systems used here?

These machines are all selected to ensure maximum compatibility with the College network, wireless support and printing. We do not recommend iOS based devices (iPad, iPod Touch) or Android. The reason is we believe that with a full operating system (MacOS or Windows 10) you can overcome most compatibility issues, whereas tablet-based operating systems do not provide the same degree of compatibility.

Can I buy the computer directly from St Andrew's College?

No – St Andrew's College will not be offering direct sales of computers, however will be working through our preferred supplier, cyclone.co.nz, where the purchase can be made completely online. See http://stac.nz/StAC-BYOD.

How regularly will my child use their computer in their classwork?

This will obviously differ from class to class and teacher to teacher. Some subjects lend themselves to using a computer more naturally than others. All teachers will have been provided ongoing professional development and implementation time to allow them to feel confident in teaching a class of students with a laptop each.

Our expectation is that in most subject areas the laptops will be used more often than not, and platforms like our College Learning Management System (Moodle) (http://classes.stac.school.nz) will contain notes / resources and be updated regularly for students. Additionally, Microsoft OneNote is used extensively by the majority of teachers.

What about when my child needs to handwrite exams?

All students will still need to handwrite most of their assessment in formal exams, particularly external examinations. Our most progressive e-Learning teachers are already catering for this, requiring students to submit all practice assessments in hand writing. This allows for students to gauge how many pages they write per hour and prepare realistically for external examinations.

Does St Andrew's College provide any internet filtering?

Yes – All student traffic is monitored and logged, with objectionable material being blocked.

Where can my child store their laptop securely?

All existing lockers are secure and large enough to contain the recommended laptop devices. 

Will my child be able to print from their own laptop?

Yes – all students will be able to print wirelessly to the College copiers.

What options can the College provide for backing up the computer?

The College will be recommending students use the free online backup solution offered via our Office365 subscription, called OneDrive. Assistance and instructions on how to configure is available from the ICT Services Helpdesk. 

How will my child be able to charge their laptop?

Students are required to bring a fully charged device to school each day and take responsibility to remember to charge it.

Will there be any IT technical support for my child and their laptop?

Yes – there is a team in the IT Helpdesk that can help students with support requests. Additionally, an eLearning Integrator can assist students and staff with using their devices.

What do all the acronyms mean?

BYOD = Bring Your Own Device. Typically associated with the bringing of any device you currently own with little to no standardisation.

1:1 = Denotes a formalised programme where there is one laptop for every student. At St Andrew's College we strongly recommend students choose one of the recommended devices.

LMS – Learning Management System. The College uses Moodle.

What does the NZ Curriculum say?

The NZ Curriculum notes that students should be:

  • Confident – motivated and reliable
  • Connected – effective users of communications tools and international citizens
  • Actively Involved – participators in a range of life contexts
  • Lifelong Learners – actively seeks, users and creators of knowledge; critical and creative thinkers

Digital devices are now a part of the learning experience for students. E-Learning refers to all forms of electronically supporting teaching and learning. One to one computing is a part of e-Learning.

International reports in the area of one to one computing show that:

  • In an age in which computers feature strongly in everyday life and education, the minority of students who have limited access to them, who use them little and who are not confident in using ICT are not performing well. (OECD 2005)
  • e-Learning tools can motivate and engage students. These may be critical factors leading to improved educational outcomes.

What are some of our teachers saying?

“Technology is "out there" and happening - we can't ignore it."

“As a teacher there is a professional expectation that we adapt and explore tools that improve learning."

“It's not technology for the sake of it - the end goal must always be better learning outcomes for the students."

How do I find out more information?

If you have any particular concerns please contact: Director of ICT, Dave Hart on +64 3 940-2054 or dha@stac.school.nz

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