Bring Your Own Device
HVHS encourages all students to bring their own digital device (a laptop, Netbook or Tablet PC) to school.
At HVHS we are committed to exploring the possibilities offered by new technologies, supporting teachers and students to take risks in trialing them, and making informed decisions about which technologies best support our students’ learning needs. BYOD will open up and foster new learning opportunities, as well as improving existing practices both inside and outside the classroom.
We are a Google Apps school. This means that students can access email, calendar and documents for learning anytime, anywhere , and on any internet capable device.
Students will use their devices for many purposes: to connect and collaborate with others in their class and with their teacher; for research by accessing databases and search engines; for checking their learning by accessing the Khan Academy, Studyit and other online revision sites; for making and managing notes; for developing ideas by using mind-mapping applications; for creating and sharing presentations; and for creating and developing ideas using 3D modelling, podcasting, and movie making.
Students are able to bring devices with the following specifications:
highly portable device (must be able to fit easily into a school bag)
a very long battery life (6 hours)
wireless capability (any Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone can be registered and joined to the HVHS wireless network as long as the devices has a Wireless network card that supports WPA2 Enterprise Encryption, and Supports either 802.11a/b/g/n standards)
have a good warranty ( be sure that you understand the processes surrounding warranty, replacement and repair through your retailer)
be robust (a good quality device should last a student four years)
run Google-Apps effectively (this is MOST important)
We have decided not to name one particular device for all parents/caregivers to buy as the market is changing so rapidly that new devices are appearing all the time, the Chromebook being the most recent. Chromebooks are a sensible option at year 9 and 10 as students work in a Google Apps environment. Seniors may also use Chromebooks depending on course selection as some courses will have greater software needs. HVHS has adopted Google Apps for Education, so it is important that the laptop, notebook or tablet is compatible with Google products. For most students a tablet or low-level notebook will be sufficient but we do recommend a device with a keyboard or a keyboard attachment. Students doing senior courses, especially Statistics, Media Studies, Photography, Graphics and Art Design,may prefer to use a more powerful laptop. However,specialist computer rooms and pods will be available for these courses.
Your student will still have access to content for learning if they don’t bring their own digital device, but will process content in a different way and at a different times, perhaps using a home computer or our computer labs at interval, lunchtime, or before and after school.
Portable devices should be protected by a username and password. This should not be disclosed to other students. Portable devices should be stored in a protective bag and care should be taken to ensure that it is placed carefully inside a school bag. Digital devices should never be left in unsupervised areas during the school day.The security of a student owned device is the responsibility of the student. Where possible, laptops should be engraved or labeled with the student’s name.