Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
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As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, Rangiora High School allows students to bring a personal digital device into school and connect to our free filtered ultra fast broadband (UFB) wifi network. Students may bring any personal mobile device that they may have, e.g. a netbook, a laptop, or a tablet.
Students are welcome to connect their smart phones to the school's wifi network, but smart phones are not suitable for use in every lesson.
Our recommended device specifications are listed below.
Beginning in 2017, it will be compulsory for all Year 9 students to bring a personal digital device to school each day.
Rangiora High School has made arrangements with local retailers for monthly BYOD deals. These deals are available by clicking here. You are not obliged to purchase your device from these retailers.
To access the school's filtered wifi, students need to accept the terms and conditions on daily login. These are available here:
RHS Wifi access terms and conditions.
Students will be able to use their devices only at the invitation of their teacher. A student does not have the ‘right’ to use his or her device, and is not permitted to use it if this is against the wishes of the teacher. It is the teacher’s decision when and whether or not technology is used in the classroom.
Whilst all students have signed an internet agreement on enrolment, they will be asked to agree to some additional terms and conditions (on daily login) to reflect the circumstances of the BYOD environment, including that the school will take no responsibility for repairs, breakages, the provision of charging, or device security.
The school will be able to track the device. The school’s usual filtering protocols will remain in place.
Year 9 BYOD
All Year 9 Students are asked to bring their own device to school. The regular use of this device will be a important aspect of the 'connected curriculum' programme in our new Innovative Learning Environment, Rakahuri. Please see the device specifications listed below. Rangiora High School has made arrangements with retailers OfficeMax and Noel Leeming Limited for monthly BYOD deals. These deals are available by clicking here. You are not obliged to purchase your device from these retailers.
Note, the school has found Chromebooks to be reliable devices which meet general student need. Where the use of specialist software is a course requirement it will generally be provided on a cabled PC by the school.
The following ‘specs’ for student BYOD devices are suggested:
- Long battery life (for a full school day as there will only be limited charging facilities at the school).
- Minimum 10 inch screen suggested (anything smaller, including a smartphone, may be too small and not suitable for use in every lesson).
- Wi-fi capable.
- Minimum 2GB RAM.
- USB ports (ideally).
- Headphone/earphone jack (with some earphones to go in the jack - they do not have to be expensive).
No specialist software is required. Where the use of specialist software is a course requirement it will generally be provided on a cabled PC by the school. All students have free access to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - that is Google docs, sheets, presentations, forms - by using their school email account (which is also a Google account). They also have access to free online storage via Google Drive.
Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Rangiora High School, nor its staff or employees, is not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.
BYOD is a Privilege
The use of technology to provide educational material is 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 school policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use and Internet Safety.