• Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    De Bon Vouloir Servir
    "To serve with goodwill"
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
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Digital Learning

RATIONALE:

At Howick Intermediate we want students to be engaged in learning that is future-focused. Information and communication technology (ICT) and e-learning (learning supported or facilitated by ICT) are critical to ensuring they are enabled to do so.

 

What we use:

Google Apps Suite:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Spreadsheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sites (e-Portfolios)
  • Blogger, and many more.

All of these are online where no extra costs are involved or programmes required.

Digital Class vs BYOD Class

Devices such as iPads and tablets are fantastic secondary devices as they can be used for activities like filming and photography. However, there are lots of things that they are unable to do in the Google Apps Suite. For example:

  • There is limited Google Spreadsheet use.
  • There is limited Google Sites use (where we hold our e-portfolios).
  • It is difficult to type long texts and edit work.
  • There is limited ‘Commenting’ functionality.

Your Options:

Devices suitable for the digital classes:

  • Laptop:
    This is the most beneficial device.
  • Chromebook:
    This is a much cheaper option. All information is stored online.

Guidelines

The device is:

Not used during morning interval and lunchtime.
  • Used to support learning.
  • Used at the teacher’s discretion and with the teacher’s knowledge.
  • The responsibility of the student.
  • Handed to teachers on arrival at school in the morning.
  • Covered by the owner’s insurance.

Note:

  • The school cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred.
  • Lockable storage will be provided.
  • No 3G access. The internet can only be accessed via the school Wi-Fi.
  • The battery should be fully charged in the morning and last for at least 6 hours.
  • Software updates or downloads cannot be carried out during school time.
  • School software cannot be installed on personal devices.
  • The school may not be able to support any technical issues and / or upgrades of the device.
  • Conditions of the school’s Internet Use Agreement apply 

e-Portfolios

Our school is in transition to using digital student portfolios. The new system of "e-portfolios" will allow the children to store aspects of their work and assessments from a range of programmes on a personal google site. At this point in the year, students are at various stages in learning the skills to upload samples of work to their sites and there will be some variability across the school.

The change has several advantages. In particular, it enables children to share their work with you easily and on an ongoing basis. When the children leave Howick, they are able to take their accumulated work with them and continue to use the site in the future.

Please visit your child's e-portfolio with them so that you can see samples of their work. Please talk about their learning and their success in achieving the criteria that were set. Simply go to www.google.com and enter your child's username and password. Navigate to the Sites section where you can leave comments to acknowledge their work and provide constructive feedback about their learning to date.