Why BYOD or Technology at all?
We live in a world that is increasingly dependant upon technology, with access to a veritable world of information at our fingertips, and in our pockets. When used properly and responsibly, the introduction of technology and real-information tends to lead to deeper learning, grappling with the implication of knowledge rather than simply recalling it (which still needs to be done). As students create solutions to problems using presentations, 3D prototyping, etc., and collaborate with other students in real-time, potentially including students from other countries, their depth of learning increases, as does their engagement and ‘stickyness’ of the learning. 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 for 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. It also helps the parent know what their children are learning as our teachers increasingly develop online resources. Our teachers have spent lots of time learning the best ways of using technologies to enhance learning.
Technology is a fantastic learning tool
While responsible and targeted use of technology is vitally important to our students’ futures, it is used alongside the more traditional teaching and learning methods – our students will still be handwriting, reading paper books and having face-to-face discussions in class.
Bring Your Own Device
Freshwater Christian College already has an opt-in system running in Secondary for students who wish to bring their own device in. We are currently actively encouraging our Year 10 to 12 students to bring their devices to class in order to have better access to their learning and ease the burden for their assessment.
Students in other Secondary year levels are also encouraged to bring their devices in.
See our FAQ’s for what devices are preferred.