BYOD Tips and Advice
Protecting your Password
Remember everything that happens on your account is your responsibility. Some suggestions for protecting your account are:
- Always choose a login password that cannot be guessed by other people. For example, don’t use your name, login name, day of the week, numbers in order.
- Always keep your password to yourself. No-one should know what it is, not even close friends or brothers.
- Remember to log out of your computer when you are finished with it! People can use your account no matter how good your password is if you are still logged in!
More than the Basic – investing in the top-of-the-range device.
If you want to consider more options than just the minimum, or if you want the laptop to last for the student to use for tertiary study, then consider the following points when making your purchase.
- Pick a portable size – Although 15-inch laptops tend to be the cheapest, 11- to 14-inch models are better for students on the go because they usually weigh under 2.5 kilograms, making them much easier to transport to and from class. If you’re shopping for a high school student who will be using the system mostly at home, and only some days taking it to school, a 15-inch machine will be fine.
- Memory of 4GB is sufficient, but 6GB will ensure the laptop meets requirements for future use and a laptop with 8GB of RAM is worth the extra cost.
- When possible, opt for a design that at least has a carbon fibre or aluminium lid, which will help protect the display and resist wear and tear during those years away at school. Or get a good case for the laptop. Another tip: If you press down on the lid or keyboard and you see a lot of flex, keep on looking.
- Get specs for the long haul. The CPU can make a big difference. For instance, Intel’s fourth-generation core processor uses significantly less power than last year’s CPUs, allowing you to get more battery life on a system of the same size.
- If you’re looking to save money, though, a third-generation core processor will do the trick. Laptops with AMD processors tend to be a lot cheaper, with the A series providing mainstream level performance while the E series appears mainly in low-end systems.
- Go for at least 5.5 hours of battery life. It’s not always easy for students to plug in so get them a laptop that lasts at least 5 hours and 30 minutes on a charge.
The importance of E-Learning
E-learning can extend and support learners as well as open up different ways of learning. The New Zealand Curriculum states that e-learning has the potential to:
- assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments.
- facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom.
- assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences.
- enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.
At NPBHS students can use their electronic devices for a range of digital exploration, recording and sharing, such as producing images and video, or writing or working collaboratively online using platforms such as Google Docs. Technology allows students to access their learning anytime anywhere. We strongly encourage all students in Years 9 and 10 to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to school thus enabling integration of learning both inside and outside of school.
For most uses the Google suite of docs, spreadsheets, etc will be suitable. The device will need to be connected to the school’s wi-fi network for Google software to be functional. In the junior school, courses that require specialist software will usually work in computer labs.