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e-Learning

The vision for e-Learning at St Andrew’s College has the student at the centre of all learning and envisions learners who can connect confidently and actively in their community. We aim to produce responsible students who make informed decisions when using ICT in their learning.

To support this vision, all students from Year 8 are required to bring their own laptop, selected from a range of recommended models which are described in more detail on the College website. This environment where there is one computer of comparable functionality to each student is known as 1:1 Computing. This is different from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme where students can bring whatever computer they already own to class.

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 that in most subject areas the laptops will be used more often than not, with Microsoft OneNote is used extensively by the majority of teachers.

What about when my child needs to handwrite examinations?

All students will still need to handwrite most of their assessment in formal examinations, 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?

We suggest that students store their laptops in their lockers. 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 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 ICT Helpdesk that can help students with support requests. Additionally, an e-Learning 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 suggest that students choose one of the recommended devices.

What does the New Zealand Curriculum say?

The New Zealand 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. 1:1 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 questions please contact our Director of ICT, Dave Hart on DHA@stac.school.nz or +64 3 940 2054.