Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School’s vision is to innovatively blend the use of technology into current programmes, while adapting current practice to include the use of devices. By doing this, we will develop connected, life-long learners, who are actively involved in the global community.
While the staggering pace of technological innovation has brought a multitude of opportunities to the world of education, it has also proven a great challenge for boards of trustees, principals, teachers and students. The demand on boards of trustees to re-equip the school with the latest digital IT devices every 2-3 years in order to keep the school to the forefront of digital literacy is becoming prohibitive - not only in terms of cost - but in the sheer number of devices required to provide for the digital learning needs of students in each class across the school.
For an increasing number of schools throughout New Zealand, boards of trustees are adopting BYOD (Bring your own Device). This not only ensures that more students have access to IT devices, but also enables the devices to be used as learning tools (where appropriate) in class. Literature suggests that the best approach to BYOD is; to trial BYOD, plan collaboratively, consult and communicate, provide professional learning for teachers, have good policies in place, address equity and include a focus on digital citizenship. This, we believe, keeps teaching and learning at the centre of everything,
In the past few years, we have visited many schools that have implemented BYOD. Throughout this process, we have seen schools that have rushed into BYOD, schools that have made BYOD compulsory, and schools that have given limited thought in regards to policy, guidelines, and usage within classroom and school settings.
In contrast, we have also seen schools with carefully planned and well-developed strategies. In these schools, BYOD is optional, the schools have devices that students can use, and clear policies and guidelines are in place. This enables clear communication between school and home, and encourages a productive and beneficial environment with regard to using BYOD as a daily learning tool.
In the latter schools, we have seen that a blended approach to learning can be advantageous for all involved, with learning evident in both written form and on BYOD devices. In these schools, the device is seen as a learning tool that sits alongside the traditional learning tools of pen and paper. The teacher selects which tool is most appropriate for the task being undertaken, and the classroom environments are stimulating and motivating to students, teachers, and visitors.
To be able to use a device at PNINS, both parents/caregivers and students must complete the PNINS Device Agreement.
Please take the time to read through the PNINS Guidelines, as well as our questions booklet, before completing the agreement form below.
Please read each of the following statements and complete the Agreement form at the bottom
- The PNINS Cyber Safety policy will apply to any device brought to school. PNINS will monitor internet usage and reserves the right to examine students’ device and search its contents if there is a reasonable suspicion that school policy, cyber use policy or New Zealand law has been violated. Searches will be limited to circumstances in which there is reasonable suspicion that the search will produce the evidence of the suspected misconduct.
- BYOD at PNINS are limited to the specifications listed in the Guidelines Booklet and students are only permitted to bring IT devices that meet the school’s specifications for BYOD. Cell phones are not used for BYOD at PNINS.
- Student use of a device during the school day is clearly at the discretion of the classroom teacher and is required to be in support of educational activities and in line with school policy and guidelines. Teachers will ensure students are using their devices on a daily basis where and when appropriate.
- Student use of a device is restricted to the individual student owner and is not to be shared or accessed by other student users.
- Student access to the school wireless network will be on an individual basis. If a student is granted access, they are not to provide that access to any other individual who is not a student at PNINS, either by device exchange or by sharing passwords etc.
- Student use of a device must not disrupt the learning of others. Sound must be muted at all times unless explicit permission is granted by the teacher for each instance which includes the use of headphones.
- Student use of the devices camera capabilities are strictly limited within the classroom and school setting and must be in accordance with current learning and have the permission of the classroom teacher.
- Student use of the devices video capabilities are strictly limited within the classroom and school setting and must be in accordance with current learning and have the permission of the classroom teacher.
- Student use of devices is strictly limited to classroom teaching time only. No device is to be used before school, at interval or at lunchtime unless the classroom teacher is present. Student devices will be locked in a secured classroom or cupboard when required.
- All students are to take their device home each day after school and must ensure that they are fully recharged at home for use the next day. No recharging is to take place at school.
- Parents are to ensure that the school specified device that their child is bringing to school is fully insured. This must be in place prior to the student bringing the device to school. Parents must record the device serial number and other relevant details at home for any claims that may arise.
- Students who choose to bring an approved device to school assume total responsibility for the device. Devices that are lost, stolen or damaged are the responsibility of the student and their parents or guardian. Students should take all reasonable steps to protect against theft or damage of their personal device. In relation to this, PNINS is not responsible for any financial cost or data lost.
- PNINS will assist with basic technical issues but cannot attempt to repair, correct, troubleshoot, or be responsible for malfunctioning device hardware or software.
- PNINS will provide each students with guidelines and teach students about the school internet use policy and safe practice.
- PNINS reserves the right to revoke the device privilege if the user does not abide by the school’s device policy and guidelines for use.
- The principal has the final discretion as to whether a student brings a device (BYOD) to school.