1:1 Computing at Scots

This page provides an overview of the 1:1 Device programme at Scots College. Please refer to the FAQs for more information. If you have any further questions, please refer to the staff listed in the Contacts.

What is 1:1 Computing?

A classroom where there is one computer to each student. The introduction of 1:1 Computing requires each student to bring their own computer that meets a certain range of minimum specifications. This is different from a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme where students can bring whatever device they already own to class.

Why implement 1:1 Computing?

At Scots College, we work hard to provide our students with an education that allows them to “contribute as global citizens who think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and develop the necessary skills to learn for life” (Scots College Mission Statement). We believe that in order to do so, we need to ensure that we cater for the needs of the Modern Learner, particularly as students have grown up with the Internet and are surrounded by digital devices.

The College adopted a “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) policy in 2011, and although this had been taken up by many students, we believed that in order to develop programmes and pedagogy that allow our students to learn the necessary skills to fulfil our vision, we needed to implement a programme where all students have a device that can be used in the classroom. We therefore adopted a mandatory, 1:1 Computing programme at the end of 2014.

Our students exist in a largely “digital world” outside of school, but school is often a non-digital world. This programme has proven to increase engagement in learning as they use the tools they are most familiar with to facilitate their learning.

The College researched the benefits of e-Learning extensively before it made the final decision.  Please see the links at the end of this page for discussion and research behind 1:1 and BYOD programmes.

Is it mandatory?

The 1:1 Device programme is mandatory for all students in Years 6 and onwards. Students in Year 5 will need a device in Terms 3 and 4.

Minimum Device Requirements

If you are looking to purchase a device for you son’s learning from a provider other than ConnectNZ or Cyclone Computers, there are some minimum requirements that the device should adhere to:

Minimum recommended:

  • Windows Operating System (very strongly advised!)
  • i5 Processor
  • Wifi enabled (2 x 2 or better if possible)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Internet browser other than Google Chrome installed (for example Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge etc)
  • Office 365 2013 version installed (licence provided at no extra cost)
  • Battery life of at least 6 hours

Highly beneficial:

  • Touch screen with pen enabled writing

NOT suitable:

  • Chromebooks
  • Tablet devices such as iPad and android tablets (however, a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or 4 is fine)
  • Mobile phone
  • iPod Touch
  • Other touch screen devices with screens 10 inches or smaller

What is Office 365?

In 2013 the College deployed Office 365, providing all students with access to their own cloud-based Office 365 account. This allows them to store, create, share and collaborate on documents online and on nearly any device with an internet browser. For more information about Office 365, including its features and safety please see: http://office.microsoft.com/en-nz/academic/

IMPORTANT – for all students, please note:

  1. If your son already has a laptop that he has been using for school, he is still welcome to use this as long as it meets the minimum specifications.  
  2. A mobile phone, ipod touch or small tablet is not considered an appropriate primary device. Students may still have these at school, but should only be using them in class when asked by their teachers.
  3. If your son has many different applications installed on this device (such as Steam, games etc.) and he uses these during school hours, the device will not be able to hold its charge long enough for it to be useful in class.

Buying a device for your son

We have secured a partnership with Connect NZ, a local supplier who not only be able to supply laptops and tablets with laptop functionality at a good price, but also include servicing as part of the package. Please see the ‘Connect NZ’ tab on the left side of this page for more information.

Purchase a device from Connect NZ

We also have a similar partnership with Cyclone Computers. They are a local supplier with branches all over the country and deal extensively with education providers and schools. Buying through Cyclone allows parents to take advantage of their personalised educational bundles. Cyclones purchasing portal is available exclusively online. They offer special education pricing as well as quality warranty and insurance options.

Purchase a device from Cyclone Computers

Security

Security of the computer/tablet is your son’s own responsibility. Boys must make sure that they take their computer/tablet home each night and that they have a suitable carry case to help protect it from knocks. We provide secure areas to store and charge computers during the school day.

Charging

Boys must make sure that their computer/tablet is fully charged before they come to school each day. We provide secure areas to store and charge computers during the school day. Boys also need to be educated about the price of using the device to play games and/or music during free times such as morning break and lunch.  The device is mainly a device for learning and if they allow the battery to run down while using it for activities outside of learning, this might severely impact their ability to work and learn during lessons.

Acceptable Use Agreements for Scots College

The conduct of students using their own devices while connected to the College’s network and wireless internet access is governed by the following acceptable use agreements. Parents and student should familiarise themselves with the content of these documents before signing them. Students will not be given access to the College network without signed acceptable use agreements.

Research and papers that may be of interest:

Discussion and research behind 1:1 and BYOD programmes:

 

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