eLearning 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 eLearning 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.

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.

eLearning Recommended Devices

The key points to consider when choosing a device for use at school:

  • Highly portable weighing less than 1.5 kg
  • Compatible with use of Google Apps in Education
  • Battery needs to last for six hours, (the length of 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.

COST $350+

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 must be more than 4Gb if being used for Adobe
Creative Suite.

Note: Check the battery life of the laptop is adequate
and the weight is not too heavy.

COST $600+

Lynfield College does not provide charging facilities at school so devices must be charged overnight at home.
Screen sizes must be more than 10 inches. Smaller screen sized devices are difficult for students to use in class.

Digital Citizenship at Lynfield College

All Year 9 and 10 students take part in a Digital Citizenship Inquiry project. 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. 

The Year 9 Computer Applications course has aligned with the Digital Citizenship project. 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. Ask to see evidence of what is achieved
  • For juniors it would be unusual for a student to need to be doing homework after 9.00 pm
  • 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 allow devices to be charged 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.
TELEPHONE  09 362 0971   |   EMAIL  queries@netsafe.org.nz

OTHER USEFUL LINK: Google Safety Centre