Digital Devices are now required for all Junior Classes at South Otago High in 20162nd Dec 2015
South Otago High School is changing from a BYOD (Bring your own device) trial, with two classes, to a full implementation of BYOD across all junior classes. In line with other BYOD secondary schools, we require all students to start 2016 ready to learn with a digital device. This is now possible with the Ultrafast Broadband and the state of the art wireless system here at SOHS. For our new year 9s, this will be a real boost.
In 2016 our junior classes will be taught using a digital platform, and with a variety of teaching techniques, usually centred around being able to access digital content. Each student having their own device, is the key to the success of this initiative.
The teaching style will be modern, the learning will be student centred and in contexts supported by the Digital World. Assessments, even at NCEA level are fast becoming digital, and on-line.
The school has purchased some Google Chromebooks to aid the programme. These are used across the whole school now and juniors cannot rely on access to these.
We have selected a make and model and recommend families buy the same model. These can be purchased locally, or at many other retail suppliers. The key is to get a good protective case, and a Google Management console with the purchase. The model we have found to be good, popular with students and meets all our needs is the HP 11.6 Chromebook. Buy a larger screen model if you wish, but avoid tablets and devices without keyboards. Your existing laptop will likely be all you need, if you already have one.
Shopping locally is an important consideration. Take advantage of hire purchase offers. Cyclone Computer’s website is a good place to start thinking about the purchase. In the Student Devices section select South Otago High School. Enter the code sohs2015 and browse the information. Cyclone is a Google Authorised agent. The local Balclutha shops can provide the same service and product at a good price, and are motivated to look after locals, not just with servicing, but with the initial purchase.
Contact the office at SOHS for more information 4180517.