Learning with digital technologies and BYOD

Using digital technology to enhance and enable learning
Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. The New Zealand Curriculum states that learning with digital technologies has the potential to:
  • assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time;
  • facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom;
  • assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences;
  • enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.

Future focused technology 
Hobsonville Point Primary School is fitted out with a modern, state of the art network infrastructure. The school provides high-spec technology to meet specific needs of the curriculum, such as Digital Technology, Design, Technology Media and Music. HPPS operates a high trust model approach to learning with digital technologies and ICT use. Each learning common has a range of devices which students can access to enhance and enable their learning. All students are actively involved in sessions that help develop a positive Digital Citizenship in its broadest sense, teaching students how to capably, safely and responsibly use digital technology.

Digital Citizenship
When students are enrolled at HPPS a cybersafety and BYOD form were included and are used in learning commons to guide students around being competent digital citizens. See below for a PDF version of the cybersafety and BYOD form included in the enrollment pack.

Netsafe asserts that digital citizenship combines the confident, fluent use and combination of three key elements:
  • Skills and strategies to access technology to communicate, connect, collaborate and create;
  • Attitudes, underpinned by values that support personal integrity and positive connection with others;
  • Understanding and knowledge of the digital environments and contexts in which they are working, and how they integrate on/offline spaces;
and then critically:
  • The ability to draw on this competency of ‘digital fluency’ to participate in life-enhancing opportunities (social, economic, cultural, civil) and achieve their goals in ways that make an important difference.
Check out netsafe.co.nz for further information and resources. 

We encourage all students to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to school to integrate their learning both inside and outside of school. The device might be a netbook, a laptop, a tablet – any Internet capable device that can assist learning. HPPS have great relationships with several local retail stores where parents of HPPS students can access special pricing. Please ask one of the staff members for further information or email amy@hobsonvillepoint.school.nz.

Recommended Devices:
Main device: A compact laptop (approximately 11" screen) or Chrome book will most likely be the best fit for our learners. The screen is big enough support production of multi-media material, but compact enough to be mobile. The most important factors to consider when purchasing a device are; battery life (it should last the school day without charging), wireless, compact and durable.

Current Deals

January 2017: Print out and take this flyer into PB Tech: 29 RAILSIDE AVE, HENDERSON

Amy Croxford,
Jan 9, 2017, 10:09 AM