At Newlands Intermediate we work hard to embed e-learning in all that we do.
E-learning is all about providing accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities to improve student engagement and achievement.
It is about using technologies effectively across the curriculum to connect schools and communities and to provide learning opportunities so that every student is better able to achieve their full potential.
It is important to identify students' strengths and needs in terms of the curriculum, then design learning experiences using a range of teaching methods and technologies. We strive to identify and provide technology that will support or enhance these learning experiences.
Newlands Intermediate is a BYOD school – Bring your own device. However, bringing your own device is not compulsory as we are a well-resourced school able to meet the technology needs of all our learners.
Help for buying a “Bring Your Own Device”
Your child really benefits from having their own device that comes to school with them and goes home with them. Ideally, what we would prefer is a laptop with a keyboard running a full version of Windows 10 that is capable of running Minecraft. It doesn’t need to be expensive and it doesn’t need to last them through all of their college years (although it can certainly be part of their early college years if it is looked after and has a good case or sleeve to protect it). Some children can be clumsy at this age and dropping expensive equipment is inevitable for them, so buying a cheaper temporary laptop would be perfect, whereas other parents might want to buy something that caters for more advanced programs that their child might require outside of school. Either way, buying a good quality thick “sleeve” and or bag to protect their device as it travels to and from or around school is a must. We have found that devices with Solid State Drives (SSD) help get students to task much quicker and are much more reliable - so look out for devices with SSD as they are well worth paying a little extra for.
There are many brands to choose from, such as Asus, Acer, HP, and Lenovo. They all have offerings from $450 to $1500 that include keyboards and fit different families’ budgets. Some good shops that have “education specials” or “student discounts” are Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman, and PB Tech.
It’s a good idea to visit these suppliers’ websites first to do some research, and then visit the actual shop to get an idea of size and weight and obviously get their advice and guidance on which device is going to give you the best bang for your buck . Remember to get a good sleeve or bag at the same time.
To view the BYOD Criteria and Specifications click here.
To download a copy of the BYOD Agreement click here
To download a copy of the Student Digital User Contract click here.