Flexible & Dynamic Learning
"Bring your own device" (BYOD) refers to students bringing a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. A personally owned device is any technology device brought into the school and is owned by a student or the student's family.
There are different models of BYOD. Oak Flats Public School has chosen a BYOD model that will meet the needs of most families. We have made the decision to introduce 1:1 iPads for Stages 2 and 3 and students will be asked to bring their own iPad to school. The iPad must be able to connect to the school WiFi and have specific software or apps installed.
At Oak Flats Public School, we believe that all students have the right to access flexible and dynamic learning experiences to interest and challenge them catering for diverse learning needs. The iPad is a small, yet significant learning tool which will further develop the capacity of the individual to create, collaborate, communicate and contribute.
Digital Learning is no longer something new. It is a fact of life. The world that we live and work in is highly digital and requires students to have a range of digital skills. This compliments our strong focus on literacy and numeracy as fundamental skills.
Our students have access to a wide range of digital learning devices at Oak Flats Public School. A key aspect of our Digital Learning Strategy is our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program for Years 3-6, and we are seeing the exciting ways these devices can add value to our teaching and learning program.
We hope you share our excitement as we continue to move forward in providing our students with a world class education. The school recognises the need to prepare our students for a rapidly-changing world, where technology plays a large role in our personal, social and professional lives.
How can 1:1 devices improve learning?
- With greater access to real-time information, digital learning resources, educational software and collaborative work spaces, students experience higher levels of motivation and engagement in their learning.
- Typically students experience initial improvement in areas such as organisational and technological skills, revision, writing and editing work.
- With the development of presentations and other multimedia projects, students experience subsequent improvement in analytical, presentation and speaking skills.
- Involvement in ‘virtual work spaces' creates opportunities for collaboration and communication, improving relationships in the classroom through a greater level of interaction between students, their peers and their teachers.
- A networked environment, where it is easy to share developing work and research with peers and teachers, is the environment students will live and work in during secondary school and the future.
- Students working together and providing solutions to real-world problems will create links beyond the classroom and move levels of thinking beyond a simple knowledge framework to complex analysis and evaluation.
- Increased levels of learning both in and out of school with an emphasis on higher order thinking, creative thinking and expression will be promoted.
How Will 1:1 Devices Be Used in the Classroom?
- Researching topics and concepts being covered in class.
- Reflecting on their learning in a safe online environment that will be provided by the school. (More information about this to follow shortly).
- Developing strong critical thinking skills through using multiple sources of information.
- Learning about cyber safety and being a good digital citizen.
- Accessing, exploring and sharing learning using a range of media and skills including: animation, concept and mind mapping, digital video and image creation, drawing and painting, interactive curricular resources, logic and problem-solving, 3D modelling and game-making, presentation and multimedia tools, sound and music making and typing tutors.
- Accessing the school online learning portal.
- Reflecting on learning, goal setting, providing evidence of learning and much, much more.
This is not a compulsory requirement. Your child will not be disadvantaged if you choose not to send a device to school. We have other technology that your child can access at times, however this is limited and is shared amongst many classes. The main goal of the BYOD initiative is that learning can be accessed anywhere, anytime with a 1:1 device and it will enhance their learning opportunities and experiences.