e-Learning refers a variety of approaches that utilise electronic devices and ICT to enable learning. It forms part of a conscious choice by Lynfield College to provide the best and most appropriate ways of promoting effective learning.
The aim of e-Learning is to enhance student learning through the integration of technology into the classroom. Students having their own devices enables teachers to work in new innovative ways that are more interactive and engaging for students. It also challenges students to collaborate with one another and extend their learning beyond the classroom walls.
2014 saw the successful introduction of Lynfield College's e-Learning programme in which students bring their own device to school in support of their learning. This programme involved all Year 10 students in 2014 and has since rolled out to include Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Lynfield College has been resourced to meet the changes that are happening in our society with its upgrade of the network including Ultra-fast Broadband, installation of a Wi-Fi network throughout the school, introduction of Google Apps and development of its online learning environment - e-LynC.
Please take time to read our e-Learning Brochure.
2016 - Guide to Devices
The key points to consider when choosing a device for use at school :
- Highly portable - weight less than 1.5kg
- Compatible with use of Google Apps in Education
- Battery needs to last 6 hours for a school day
- RAM should be 4GB or more
- Wireless must be dual band capable
- Screen size should be a minimum of 10 inches
- Physical keyboard - for ease of data entry
A Chromebook is a small portable computer that runs Google’s Chrome Operating system. These tend to have a long battery life but will run slightly slower than a full laptop.
All software is accessed through the Chrome Store.
This device is particularly suited to Y9-11 students or senior students who are not taking Art, Design or Programming courses.
This is a fully portable computer that can run sophisticated software for specialist purposes such as Photoshop. These devices will also allow you to download games for home use such as Minecraft.
Software is purchased in addition to the laptop. Although Microsoft Office is offered free through the school to all students.
RAM should be more than 4GB if being used for Photoshop.
Check the battery life of the laptop and the weight as not all are created equal.
A more comprehensive explanation is available here.
Note: Lynfield College does not provide charging facilities at school so devices need to be charged overnight at home.
We do NOT recommend devices with a screen size of less than 10 inches. Smaller screen sized tablets have proved difficult for the students to use in class.
Digital Citizenship at Lynfield College
All Year 9 and 10 students will take part in a Digital Citizenship Inquiry project over the course of 2016. This involves students investigating the key digital citizenship themes of cyber bullying, digital footprints, copyright, online safety etc. Further information can be found on the project website below:
Year 9 Digital Citizenship Project
Year 10 Digital Citizenship Project
During the course of the year students also work with Constable Robin Kennerley from the New Zealand police and a representative of Netsafe New Zealand.
2016 - the Year 9 Computer Applications course has aligned with the Digital Citizenship project and their work will be uploaded to the following website http://lynfield9capdigcitsites.weebly.com/
Digital Devices at Home
The College has been approached by parents seeking advice on how to deal with students and their devices in the home, particularly late at night.
The issue is really one of communication and parenting within the home:
- Talk with your child about any concerns you have and why.
- Know what homework is being done on the device. Ask how long they think it will take. See evidence of what is achieved.
- For juniors it would be very unusual for a student to need to be doing homework after 9pm.
- If online activities such as gaming are an issue, turn off the WiFi between certain times.
- Devices used at school need to be charged each night. Don’t do this in their bedroom.
- You can always keep the device for times that you think are appropriate.
Staff at NetSafe NZ are happy to discuss any digital issues with you or will respond to emails.
Phone: 09 3620971
Other Useful Links:
Google Safety Centre
Inside Story - Perfect Stranger Episode