Students can access the internet using the wireless network on campus, and access learning materials provided by the college. This includes access to Office 365 and Monitor Web Printing (to print to school printers).
While BDSC has an extensive provision of computers (desktops and laptop, etc.) and specialist software as required, learning is enhanced when a student has his or her own device, one that can be used anywhere. Having your own device means the student can use the device that he or she prefers and increases the amount of time a device is accessible for learning, both at college and at home.
You may wish to consider a device that allows a stylus or pen to be used, as this enables a blend of typing, writing and drawing. A smartphone is not suitable.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used to promote an active and interactive learning environment, allowing students to further develop their digital literacy, and communication competencies and working collaboratively to solve problems and think creatively. It is important that our students develop their critical thinking skills as well as using technology to complete tasks. The Years 9 to 12 curriculum and learning activities are being adapted so that teachers can rightfully expect students to bring their device every day, just as one would expect a textbook, or any other essential materials, to be brought to class.
Every student at the college is issued with a unique network username and password(s) which allows him or her to log onto the college’s network onsite. All students have access to a cloud-based service (Office 365 ) which gives them a personal College Outlook email account, document storage (OneDrive) and the ability to view, edit and create Microsoft Office documents in the cloud and access learning materials and activities provided in SharePoint or using OneNote Classroom Notebooks.
Students are encouraged to use their own devices (including phones) as personal organisers, keeping track of homework or assessment requirements, in addition to maintaining a diary.
In particular, view sections 3. BDSC Website and 7. BYOD and Computer Access.
Cyber security is different from cyber safety, which includes the protection against objectionable content online (such as pornography); advice about online bullying; and advice on safe social media habits.
Together with Google, Netsafe have also launched the Web Rangers programme, where Kiwi teenagers can learn about online safety, get practical tips and create their own campaigns to spread the word about safer internet use.