Bring Your Own Device

The New Zealand Curriculum outlines a vision for fostering young people who will be “confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners”. In the 21st century eLearning (learning enhanced by the use of Digital Technologies) is an integral part of this vision.

At Lincoln Primary School we believe eLearning provides limitless opportunities for students to explore, create and collaborate in personalised learning environments.  We have made significant progress in our understanding of the impact digital technologies can make to learning and in our acquisition of resources to support this endeavour. During the end of 2014 as part of our overall eLearning developments we  investigated ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) options and trialled how this could work in our school environment. Two classes were involved in 1:1 device trials with a third class to join soon after. As part of this process we considered what was to become the preferred ‘BYOD’ device for Lincoln Primary School in the future and developed an implementation plan that would ensure:
  • Our BYOD developments progress at a sensible and sustainable pace.
  • That the introduction of BYOD will not compromise learning already occurring at Lincoln Primary School - In fact it will enhance this.
  • Developing our students as ‘Digital Citizens’ underpinned by our School Values is integral to developments in this area.
There are many advantages in students bringing their own digital devices to school to support learning. Having an internet capable learning device that enables further exploration, creation and collaboration will no doubt become a very important part of a student’s education toolkit and prepare them for their futures.Our intention is to begin the implementation of a BYOD programme in part of our school next year. As part of our initial consultation with the community we invited the community  you to submit your questions relating to BYOD, we also researched extensively through work completed at Hull University, invested in best practice case studies and staff professional development with well known national eLearning specialist Stuart Hale. 

On the above links you will find various links leading to a range of resources related to eLearning, as well as an ongoing record of our developments in this area.