Since September 2019, King’s High has been implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for our pupils from Year 8 onwards, successfully bringing the use of digital technologies into the classroom. The following information explains why we have introduced the BYOD programme, how we will be supporting you and your daughter in the choice of a device, and the ways in which we will be investing in technology and support in order to ensure successful outcomes.
First and foremost the introduction of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Scheme is about the girls’ learning and achievement. It is not about the technology. BYOD means that the focus is on task and output rather than the brand of device, and we are mindful that girls may well already have devices which are suitable for accessing technology in school.
We believe strongly that devices will enhance the excellent teaching and learning that is already happening in our classrooms, rather than replace it. It is not our intention to move away from the more “traditional” methods of learning, but to provide access to the most appropriate method for each learning activity – using technology alongside class discussion, written and practical work.
Your daughter is living in a world where access to technology as an aid to learning is becoming more and more important, as is digital competency in the world beyond school, for which we want to prepare them as fully as possible. Appropriate, and safe, use of technology will allow the girls to get the most from an already rich curriculum. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the quality and availability of electronic educational resources, and we use these extensively at King’s. From subject-specific packages like Linguascope (MFL), Digital Theatre (Drama) and ArcGIS (a Geography package) through to the increasing amount of material shared online by our teaching staff, these resources enhance every girl’s learning.
For many learning activities girls relate to - and enjoy - using contemporary technology both at home and at school. However, they also need guidance and support to use this technology constructively and safely, and to make considered choices. We believe that the benefits of accessing enhanced technology for our girls are powerful, but equally important is the time we invest to educate the girls on becoming digitally literate and digitally safe throughout their time at King’s.
To read more about “Blended Learning” and what is being done across all departments, please see the attached document below entitled “BYOD and Blended Learning Brochure”.
Why a choice of device?
We are clear that for our pupils to become successful members of society we need to help them develop an understanding of how to effectively use technology in ways that support their individual needs and aspirations. Enabling pupils to choose and make use of their own, personal device for learning has a number of benefits. Some pupils may already be familiar with certain technologies that they may have used at home or in school. Other pupils may opt for a particular technology/device dependent on their subject choices in KS4 and KS5. Having the option to choose their device provides the opportunity for girls to go on to explore more creative and challenging uses of these technologies.
What is a suitable device?
The aim of the BYOD programme is to be as inclusive as possible and to support a wide range of devices so that individual preferences can be accommodated. The criteria we would expect a device to fulfil in order for it to be successful as a BYOD device within our school can be found enclosed in the attached documents below, which give an extended explanation of the individual criteria in the specification (“Bring Your Own Device Specification” and “Bring Your Own Device Specification – explained").
Purchasing through a recommended supplier
We review our recommended devices for the BYOD programme on an annual basis so that we can be sure that we are offering our parents the best possible technology at an affordable price point. With the technology developing at a rapid rate and prices rising in the current global climate of Covid-19, we have therefore decided to change our supplier from System Active to L.E.A.D. so that we can continue to offer a competitively priced, robust device that allows pupils to work effectively using the key IT systems over the coming years.
Please view our dedicated Foundation BYOD Purchasing Portal: https://www.warwickschoolsbyod.co.uk/
Those parents who have purchased a HP device through System Active will still continue to receive the same level of support that they would have done previously, including those who have purchased 3 year warranty care packages. If you have any queries regarding your purchase with System Active, please contact the relevant person below:
For order enquiries: Dave Rankin (System Active) on 0141 465 4588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For warranty enquiries: contact HP directly (System Active Portal Page)
Should you wish to purchase a replacement stylus for the device, the part number that you will need is 8JU62AA which will help you to purchase one on the internet for example.
BYOD set up guides
Whether your daughter has collected her device in school or whether you have opted for home delivery, you can find a number of guides that you and your daughter can work through to set up your device "straight out of the box" on Classlink here:
Your daughter will be able to sign in to Classlink using her school email address and password. The help guides can then be found in the "BYOD set up" folder.
There are also guides for girls who are bringing in their own device from home in the same location.
All girls new to the scheme will have a "BYOD Introductory lesson" in the first two days of term in September to show them how to use the core applications that will be used in school and to ensure that they can access the school WIFI network successfully.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please see the attached document for more information.
Contacting the school for further information
If you do have any queries that have not been answered here, then please do get in touch using the following email address: email@example.com