The Bring Your Own Designated Device program is now in its second year and it is timely to reflect on successes to this point. While many schools have moved down this path, I believe what we have offered at Loreto is of the highest standard. Students have the opportunity to bring the learning device of their choice, within the guidelines we have set based on our learning framework and the blended approach we have adopted.
Facilitating the program is a fast to very fast internet connection and up to 1 terabyte of cloud storage (Google and/or Microsoft Onedrive) that many students use as their preferred method of backing up files on their computer. Students self-install software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office, as required and where licensing permits. We have a dedicated communication portal and learning management system (CH@LK), which further supports the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
Students and teachers are further collaborating with Google Docs and YouTube, which students easily log into via their Loreto email address. We have an on-going cyber safety program and clear guidelines for students that is delivered via the school’s pastoral program. Last and certainly not least, we have a dedicated IT helpdesk and support team that go above and beyond to ensure learning is kept front and centre.
Partnership with JB Education
New students and those with ageing laptops may be looking to purchase in the coming months. Please firstly consult the BYODD page on CH@LK to check our latest minimum specifications. We are in the process of finalising a purchasing portal with JB Education for parents wishing to purchase laptops and related needs. This should offer competitive pricing and convenient delivery. Please keep an eye out for further details in upcoming newsletters.
Learning Field/Vital Source
In support of the BYODD program we have been trialling Learning Field, a digital textbook provision for 5 subjects in Year 7 and for Maths 7-10. Learning Field offers students and teachers the ability to source chapters from a range of textbooks in their respective subjects, both across the year as well as from years above. A Year 7 Geography student for example could access individual chapters from a range of publishers across all Years 7-10. This makes for a very cost effective solution and has the potential for a differentiated learning experience.
Learning Field recently updated their app (Vital Source) – the means by which textbooks are displayed. This has created a more seamless experience for teachers and students. Students will be able to give us more detailed feedback on their experience of Learning Field, and paper versus digital textbook in the next fortnight.
ICT Coordinator K-12