Mobile Learning (BYOD)


Mobile Learning Vision: to create confident, flexible, self-directed lifelong learners

WE ARE ENCOURAGING YEAR 5 and 6 STUDENTS and allowing year 4 students TO BRING IN THEIR OWN DEVICE TO SCHOOL FOR LEARNING

WE BELIEVE THAT…our students live in a world that is fundamentally different than it was ten years ago with new technologies accelerating the pace of change in our world. With these technologies we believe we can provide enhanced learning opportunities and higher levels of engagement requiring increased global awareness and emphasizing the need for interconnectedness. Thriving in this world will not only require mastery of essential content-based skills but also the ability to think critically and solve problems, communicate and collaborate with others, and be creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.

All students in year 4,5 and 6 will use google apps to enhance learning in writing, reading, mathematics, inquiry (topic) and homework.
Students who do not have a device will share classroom devices owned by Torbay School.
Student learning is monitored through google dashboard. http://hapara.com/teacher-dashboard-for-google-apps/
Student internet is available between 9am and 3pm.
Devices are not shared.
Devices are locked in a cupboard at morning tea and lunchtime and times when they are not needed.
Recommended devices information is available
Devices need to be internet capable. (no phones or iPods)
Students will adhere to the mobile learning agreement, signed by parents and student.
There will be a balance of learning programs involving whole class, group sessions, handwritten tasks and non-screen times.

To discuss further or to look at a classroom in action, contact: 

Katie - khills @torbay.school.nz 


 

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Parent Feedback

"As a parent of a year 6 student I was reluctant to have devices in school, but we are now in the 21st Century, devices are a major part of life.  It is not that the children are on these devices all day.  From what my information is 2/3 days a week and totaling maximum of 1.5 hours for the day' - Year 6 parent 2016

Our daughter has started using her device this year and we have found it very beneficial and a great tool for her education.  We do not feel it has disadvantaged her in any way:  quite the opposite.  She has increased her skill base, developing excellent presentation skills and increasing her own initiative and determination to research topics she is learning at school.  We carefully manage the time she spends on the device and as a result only have observed great benefits the device provides to our daughter's overall learning and education" - Year 4 parent 2016