We have invited students from years 5 and 6 to bring in a device so that they have more opportunities to use technology and enhance their learning. We want to try leveraging students’ attachment to their own devices to deepen learning and to make learning more personalised and student-centred. And as a result of this, students who do not have personal devices will have greater access to school owned chromebooks. This opportunity is not compulsory. It is an invitation, not an expectation, and we are not insisting that students purchase or bring a device. We are giving you the choice.
We want students to be comfortable using digital devices so they can transition to intermediate school smoothly. And students will be better prepared, not only for intermediate school, but also for the future. Having their own device will empower students to learn at a pace and method that suits them. They’ll be able to explore which digital tools are best to help them with their learning.
Laptops, netbooks and Chromebooks will be allowed to be brought to school. Tablets, phones and iPads will not, because they are not able to run the Chrome browser extensions that we use to monitor student behaviour online.
Our Community Of Learning (COL) have negotiated a special deal for Chromebooks with Playtech Ltd, a locally owned technology supplier. With Playtech, all Chromebooks purchased through our COL portal come with a 3 year warranty and 3 year accidental damage cover with a low excess. Plus, if your child’s computer needs to be serviced, we can swap it out for a loan one immediately so they don’t have to wait. This warranty and service agreement will follow your child to AJHS so it’s completely seamless and stress-free. If they are going to a different intermediate, you can just contact Paul and his team for any servicing queries. So for more details about the terms and conditions of these deals, or to purchase a Chromebook through our COL portal, visit this website:
All students who bring in a device must first sign the BYOD Student Agreement along with their parents. They must also have read the Student Responsibilities and Device Requirements documentation attached to the agreement.
If you have any questions about student devices, you can email Daniel Oades, Head of ICT at Greenhithe School: