FAQ

 

BYOD Information

Rangeview Intermediate School

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What is D4L?  D4L stands for Device for Learning.  You may be more familiar with the term

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).  This means that the device is owned by the student/family and goes

home with them at the end of the day. This allows for anytime, anywhere learning.

Does my son/daughter have to have their own device?  No. The curriculum will be delivered fully to all
students, regardless of whether they have a device or not. Computers will still be available for students to use
in our two computer labs, some shared learning areas and in the library.  Students will also be able to use our
POD of bookable iPads.

 

What is an HP Stream?  An HP Stream is a cloud-focused entry
level laptop, much like a Chromebook, but with the added utility
of Windows 10. It is a budget laptop, with limited storage but the battery life is impressive.  As students will be saving their work to their OneDrive, the available storage can be used to run the full Microsoft Office Suite which students can access and download
free of charge to their device.

 

Where can I purchase these devices from?  We have arranged
a package option with Noel Leeming’s with a special school promotion.  Please see their flyer for more information.  You are
also welcome to purchase an HP Stream from other suppliers.

 

Why can’t my son/daughter use a smartphone or an iPad as a device?  While smartphones are
wonderful for taking photos or video, communicating and many short internet searches, the size of the
screen makes it unsuitable as a serious tool for learning, and the ability to complete lengthy documents is
very limited.  iPads offer many of the same barriers.  With our focus on writing students find the lack of
keyboard challenging, and access to the programmes we use is restricted.

 

Why does it have to be an HP Stream?  We opted to move to the O365 platform in 2015. HP Streams run the desktop version of the Office Suite as well as the online version via Office 365.  We chose the HP Stream as it is compatible with either platform and we've been using them this year so we know they are sturdy and reliable.

 

Can my child use this device when they move to Secondary School?  Yes.  HP Streams can also be used as a device to access Google Apps for Education, should a child progress to a google platform secondary school.  We have contacted 10 local Secondary Schools for confirmation that an HP Stream would be a suitable device for Y9/10 students, should a child move to their school.  It is important to note that most devices need to be upgraded approximately every 3-4 years.

What about software and apps?  The school is using Office365, which includes email, documents, calendars, communications, as well as cloud-based storage for access anytime, anywhere. There are also many free apps and programmes that students will be able to use to support aspects of their learning.  An HP stream has enough built in memory for students to download the desktop version of the Office Suite and use its full functionality, that is not available to them on a Chromebook.

Can my child install personal software on the device?  Yes. It is a student-owned device, but software used at school must be fit for purpose.  Please be mindful that these devices do have limited built in storage.

My child wants to use the device in class but the teacher says no.  Why is this?  The use of a device in the classroom is with the permission of the teacher, and this will be given when using the device is appropriate and fits the learning intentions of the lesson. Sometimes it won’t be appropriate to use a device – eg during assessments, or practical work. At other times the teacher may want the device used in a specific way. In all situations, the teacher will decide on the use of the device.

Can my son/daughter get help from the teacher in learning how to use the device?  Yes.  It is important that students are confident in using their device and the apps and programs to support their learning.

Will the device be needed every day?  Yes.  Please ensure it is sent to school fully-charged and ready to use each day.  If a device is fully charged overnight, then it would be unlikely to need charging throughout the day. However, there are a small number of charging stations available.  Their device may be used in some classes every day/every period, and it may be used in some classes on a less frequent basis. Some subjects lend themselves to using a device better than others.

What will this mean in terms of screen time for my child?  Though we are integrating the use of ICT into our learning more, this does not mean that your child will be fixed to a screen. Students will still work in small groups with their teacher, work in groups with their peers, use other ‘hands on’ learning and write in books. We do not want to substitute books for a computer, rather we want to leverage the benefits of devices using the SAMR model. Teachers will be alert to the need to ensure that long sustained periods of time in front of a screen do not occur.

What about on-line safety and cyberbullying?  Rangeview Intermediate Students agree and sign a Cybersafety Use Agreement for students before they are permitted to go online at school, and will be required to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement for D4L if they bring a device to school next year. There are clear requirements and expectations laid out in each document, which is signed by student and parents/caregivers. Students are required to exercise personal responsibility in how they use their device, respect the privacy of all members of the school community and show respect for others and their property.

 

How will the school ensure safety while on these devices?  When students are connected to the school’s network via the D4L connection there is a filtering system in place. No filtering can ever be guaranteed to be 100%, so we will combine our filtering programme with teacher-led Digital Citizenship lessons, and students will continue to only be permitted to use their devices under teacher supervision.

 

Will I need to have internet access at home?   No, it is helpful if you do have access to the internet, as this enables your child to make full use of school resources from home via their Office365 account. If a student needs to make use of free Wi-Fi out in the community, please be aware that these connections may not provide the same filters we have on our school network.

 

Why is this programme only an option?  We appreciate the cost of purchasing a device is a financial pressure on families.  For this reason,D4L is not compulsory and our school will maintain a healthy supply of up to date school owned devices. The school is also exploring options that might make it cheaper for families should they want to provide a device for their children. 

 

How do I insure the device?  Please contact your insurance company to arrange policy cover for the device at school. Devices are to be placed in secure cabinets when students arrive at school. When not in use, and during breaks, devices will be kept in locked cabinets.

 

Have teachers been trained to work in a D4L environment? Our teachers have been upskilling themselves to work in a D4L environment over the last couple of years, and continue to do so. Different software and applications are investigated and used by staff in order to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment for our students. The high demand for access to digital devices has driven this initiative as an optional programme.

As a parent, am I required to add additional software to my child’s technology tool? Free anti-viral software is required for devices that are connected to the internet. If the student has a laptop, then they are able to download free, the Microsoft 365 Advantage software. They will need to be enrolled in the school and use their school email address to take advantage of this package. The software will also be available on up to 10 devices that they family may own.

Who will be responsible for troubleshooting and fixing students’ devices?  We have a great eLearning team but they will not be required to provide technical assistance other than helping students connect to the wireless at school and general trouble-shooting support.

Will I still need to purchase stationery to use in class?   Having a digital device does not make Rangeview Intermediate School a paperless school. Many aspects of learning are still done via pen and paper, experimentation or through the manipulation of things in traditional ways. When the best way to engage students in their learning is via technology, then this will be the preferred method of delivery. Textbooks may still be used in some subjects, where others will make use of the online texts now available. The school provides a printing account for students to be able to print their work, which the school will load with $5 at the start of the year. As teachers increase their use of digital work, many of the tools used can be shared online and reduce the necessity to print out tasks to be handed in.

So what happens if we don’t opt in?  I’m concerned about the equity of students that have devices vs. those that don’t.  For every student that joins the D4L programme by bringing an HP Stream to school, there is one less student using the school owned devices, and less turn-taking for all.  This means the D4L programme is to the benefit of every student in the school, both those joining it and those not.  

Students who bring their own device will be able to keep their own work to continue at home if they wish.  For those who don’t have their own device, they will still be able to access the their Office365 account and locate home learning or shared material. 

 

Year 7 BYOD D4L Class 2017

Are you interested in enrolling your child in a Y7 BYOD D4L Class next year?

Our eLearning community evening was a huge success, and we would like to thank all of the parents and students who came along to hear about how we use digital devices to support and enhance our learning at Rangeview Intermediate School.  If you attended the evening, we would very much appreciate your feedback.  This form also includes an area for you to indicate your level of interest in this optional BYOD D4L class.


If you were unable to attend the evening, you are able to access the presentations that were shared below.  You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions here.  Expressions of Interest in this class are welcomed by completing this form.  There is also a space included for any additional questions you may have.  Alternatively, questions can be emailed to Ellie Mackwood (Director of eLearning) at elliem@rangeview.school.nz

 

eLearning at Rangeview Presented by Glenda Koefoed (Principal)

Future Focused Education Presented by Ellie Mackwood (Director of eLearning)

Collaborative learning with devices Presented by Ashleigh Stewart and 7AS Students

eLearning in Literacy Presented by Amanda Bennett and 8GD Students

eLearning in Inquiry Learning Presented by Tracy Annabell and 8TA Students

‘Wicked Learning’ in Digital Technology Prepared by Ellie Mackwood and 8EB Students (not shared on the evening due to time constraints)

HP Stream Device Presented by Caroline Dewstow-Blanch from Noel Leemings

HP Stream Device Bundle Information from Noel Leemings. 

Please note there is a 2GB and 4GB package available.

Keeping our students safe online Presented by Lee Chisholm from Netsafe

 

 

These are notes to help you load links and documents:

 

Links:

Feedback Form:                                bit.ly/RISfeedbackform

Expression of Interest Form:        https://goo.gl/forms/MB1T2PPWldSQcTi22

eLearning at Rangeview https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7BBB35069E-581C-455B-AE89-D8C2BEC38735%7D&file=1%20GK%20Presentation.pptx&action=default

 

Future Focused Education https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/elliem_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=FsWg3S0L8ESAi%2f3acy92ZdWUT1TOhDxcq9wSNVb5xiY%3d&docid=0cdf9cc51e903425db1382742cda7367b&rev=1

 

Collaborative learning with devices https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7B9FEDECB5-7FFB-47DF-B1BC-6CBD11DC2DAF%7D&file=3%20AS%20e-learning%20presentation%20term%203%202016.pptx&action=default

 

eLearning in Inquiry Learning: https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7BA402AEBE-A578-4C06-9826-D045874A475A%7D&file=5%20Parents%20evening%20presentation.pptx&action=default

 

eLearning in literacy https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7B4C7D9D59-A9D3-4AA9-9F78-A0D4C97907C9%7D&file=4%20AB%20Parent%20Presentation.pptx&action=default

 

‘Wicked Learning’ in Digital Technology https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/elliem_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=On8WAsE4Gq88VUZZNDQgjnzACztRMKTcS3YJEDWJnBM%3d&docid=0d408ad1b41d2411991cf48b80e8b876b&rev=1

 

HP Stream Device: https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7BA386C796-B0A3-4E1C-BCA2-DA12A8F51C6B%7D&file=Noel%20Leeming%20BYOD%20presentation%20Rangeview.pptx&action=default

Keeping our students safe online: https://rangeviewintermediate-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ashleighs_rangeview_school_nz/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7B86CED200-C295-4C1A-99F2-4754A37BF469%7D&file=NetSafe%20Rangeview%20Intermediate%20.pptx&action=default

 

Attach:

FAQs: See attached file in email

HP Stream Device Bundle Information (Can you please scan a copy of this and upload?)

 

 
Rangeview Intermediate School
P O Box 83-161, Edmonton
Keru Place, Te Atatu South
Ph: 09 838 9468
Fax: 09 836 2437
office@rangeview.school.nz