Digital Devices for all Students from Year 3 to Year 11
Technology has become a fundamental part of education, not only as the vehicle to deliver great teaching and learning, but as a platform for collaboration and productivity. We witness first-hand the positive impact technology can have on continuing outstanding learning in and beyond the physical classroom. The use of technology helps put students at the heart of their learning by increasing agency over their work, developing intrinsic interpersonal skills and preparing them for the future of adult life.
In order to complement our rich and creative curriculum, we have rolled out a new programme to equip all students from Year 3 to Year 11 with their own personal digital device for use in school and at home.
This has clear advantages including:
- Accessibility — creating a seamless learning experience whenever and wherever students require technology.
- Safety — utilising web filtering and monitoring features to ensure students are always using their device positively.
- Support — using identical devices in school means that technicians can quickly fix issues, and teachers can create content that is accessible and consistent on every device in the class.
EdTech software such as MS Teams, OneNote, Flip Grid, Tapestry, Seesaw, Century Tech and Learning by Questions will occupy a greater part of our teaching and learning environment.
Integrating technology within education will enable the teachers and students to further enhance the experience.
What are the benefits?
- Ownership for learning
- Personalised Learning
- Digital Portfolio
Connecting with our BSB Learning Habits
With a constant focus on making teaching and learning at BSB the best it can be, we have been prioritising the development of our students’ wider learning habits and skills, this includes technological fluency.
Based on our previous experiences with Years 5, 6 and 7, we know that providing personal devices will support and enhance the development of these ‘learning habits’, accelerating our students’ learning journey:
Staying Safe Online
- All devices are pre-installed with AI (Artificial Intelligence) monitoring software that runs in the background 24 hours a day to filter out any inappropriate content based on the age of the student.
- In line with our current policy in practice, we encourage active supervision at home in order to keep the children safe. For this, we provide parents with clear e-safety guidance.
Technology is a powerful tool that can enable expanded learning opportunities for the children. However, for learning to be effective, a student’s wellbeing must be prioritised. There are several ways in which we can support a healthy use of the device:
- Creating the right ergonomic posture and workspace.
- Devices should not be used as an excuse to avoid being active every day, or as a reason not to connect with friends and family.
- Students who have consistent sleep routines are happier and healthier. We recommend to cease screen time a minimum of an hour prior to bedtime and not to take devices into the bedroom overnight.
- We support both the children and their parents and carers in regards to setting expectations about how the device should be used for learning at home, what it must be used for, and the length of time it should be used each day.