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BYOD & Digital Devices @ MAC

Why is MAC implementing a student owned device program?

A student owned internet capable device can be an important part of a student’s toolkit,
giving instant access to unlimited resources and enabling students to support, extend,
communicate and share their learning in a way that will prepare them for the future.

The Big Picture

What are the educational benefits?
• Improved motivation and engagement.
• Greater independence and personalised learning. Improved critical thinking and
integration of concepts.
• Greater access to information, resources, and experts.
• Greater opportunities for collaboration in wide contexts, including international ones

Advantages for Students

How are students advantaged through the use of devices?

• Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activities through
Google Classroom
• Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents, and peers, to support their
learning
• Access to unlimited resources and information on the internet.
• The ability to draft, redraw, and publish their work at the click of a button
• Ensuring working at school and working at home is an easy and seamless transition

Is BYOD Compulsory?

MAC is introducing a compulsory device program for years 12 and 13 in 2017.

Compulsory for Year 12 and 13

Students in Year 12 and 13 are required to have their own devices to be used in class and for homework/study.

Recommended for Years 7 to 11

MAC does not have a compulsory device program for Y7-11. Meaning it is up to
parents/guardians whether they wish to purchase a device for their child’s learning.
It is also up to the parent/guardians to choose the type of device that a student brings.

Device Recommendations

Years 7-8

• Tablet (iPad / Android)*
• 11” - 13’’ Chromebook

Years 9-11

• 11” - 13’’ Chromebook
• 11” - 13’’ Laptop (Windows or Mac)

Years 12-13

• 13’’ Chromebook (Depending on Classes)
• 13’’ or Larger Laptop (Windows or Mac)
• 8 Hours+ Battery Life

*Some tablets will be better than others, if you have doubts or questions about devices, email ICT@mtaspiring.school.nz with links!

Damage and Repair

Unfortunately MAC will accept no liability for damage to devices when used at school. It is the
student’s responsibility to manage and minimise likelihood of damage.
We can however provide support for students when diagnosing issues and provide information
regards how to proceed when repairing devices.

MAC Online Environment

What MAC provides?

• WiFi network for students
• High Speed Fibre Internet Connectivity
• Filtered Internet access
• Implementing Pods of Chromebooks in classrooms throughout 2017

Digital Citizenship

Mount Aspiring College believes in a Digital Citizenship model for supporting safe and responsible
use of the internet in teaching and learning. An important part of this is that we are able to show
others what that responsible use looks like while we are using technology in our learning.
We think a good digital citizen is someone who;

• is a confident and capable user of ICT and uses ICT for learning as well as other activities
• will think carefully about whether the information they see online is true
• understands that they may experience problems when using technology but can deal with them
• will always use ICT to communicate with others in positive ways
• will be honest and fair in all of their actions using ICT
• will always respect people’s privacy and freedom of speech online

Because we know this is important for us all, we ask everyone, the staff, students and volunteers
working at the school to agree to use the internet and other technologies in a safe and responsible
way by following the rules laid out in our Responsible Use Agreement
If someone cannot agree to act responsibly, or the things that they do mean that other people are
being harmed, then we might stop them from using the internet or other technology at school.

Questions?

Should you have any comments or wish to discuss any issues raised on this
document please call us on freephone 0800 MT ASPIRING or 03 443 0499
during office hours. Alternatively email us at learn@mtaspiring.school.nz
and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.