ICT – Information and Communication Technologies
Year 3 – 6 classes have 10 Chromebooks. Each student has their own Google Account which is to be used for school purposes only. Students will receive their own personal Gmail account at Year 3. Year 1- 2 classes have tablets in their rooms. Chromebooks and tablets are an essential tool in children’s learning and in teaching programmes. Students are taught how to be cyber safe right from an early age but this also needs to be reiterated and built on at home.
BYODD (Bring Your Own Directed Device) in the Matauranga Team
The Matauranga Team (Year 5 – 6) have had a year of successfully implementing a BYODD programme and will be continuing this for 2019.
The devices that your children bring in will be used to aid learning and will only be used during class hours. They will be connected to our BYOD WiFi which has been set up to turn on at 8:30am and turn off again at 3pm each day.
This device needs to be able to connect to the internet, have access to Google Drive with ease and have a keyboard. The recommended device is either a Chromebook or a laptop. Please no cell phones, iPods, iPads or Tablets.
Students must return their permission slips before they can bring their devices in. BYODD is not compulsory. However, if you would like to purchase a device, Maungawhau School buy the majority of their ICT equipment through PBtech. PBtech has set up a webpage with appropriate devices to buy and accessories. This website has a range of appropriate devices at reasonable prices for Maungawhau School however if a device is to be purchased it is completely up to you where you purchase it from.
Please note that the school has not entered into a partnership with PBtech so will not be receiving any funds from these sales however we thank them for offering this pricing to the Maungawhau community.
Internet and Chromebook Use
Our school internet is run by a company called Network for Learning (N4L) and this company works closely with the Ministry of Education. N4L has their own safe search options which control what our students are able to see. Our restrictions are very strong at school. Our ICT Provider TTS has been in contact with them to increase the restrictions. TTS has also enabled Safe Search on Google which is on all our students google accounts.
Unfortunately, our restrictions at school do not extend to our Year 3-6 students with their Gmail accounts logged on at home. If you are having any issues with your children looking at content at home that they shouldn’t or is inappropriate one way around this is to contact your internet provider or view their website and speak to them about what parental lock options they might have available.
Teachers cover the importance of being safe online through a cyber safety unit at the beginning of each year. Students are taught about the 21st century skill of digital citizenship as well as how to communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly online. Being a good digital citizen in the community includes having email etiquette, reporting and preventing cyberbullying and learning how to protect private information.
If you are a parent of a Year 3 – 6 student you may have heard them talking about Hapara. This is a support site that gives teachers access to students’ work and lets us view what all students in their class have opened on their screens. At a quick glance, teachers can see what tabs, websites, Docs, folders and Gmail the children have opened, docs they have been working in and items that have been deleted.
Hapara can also be used to monitor what the children have saved in their Google Drives. It allows us to open up their Docs, Mail and folders and gives us access to view what they have deleted. It is a great tool that we use in our classes for extra safety as well as a way to monitor and make sure children are on task.
We can view and access this between the hours of 8:30am and 3pm. It is very important that you remind your child about the importance of logging out of their account at home as it works when their accounts are logged in.
Children have an email address which is used to receive emails from the teacher, information about sites that they want them to use as well as homework. These email addresses are for learning in school only and children can use them to communicate with family and teachers.
We discourage children from sending emails between one another unless it is for learning purposes. If you notice anything that is happening via emails when you are with your child it is important to inform the classroom teacher immediately so it can be followed up. Children who are sending inappropriate emails will have their accounts suspended and spoken to by someone on the ICT team. A member of the ICT team will also make contact with their parents to inform them that their child’s account has been suspended and the reasons why this has happened.