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The advantages of student owned devices

The advantages for students bringing their own devices are many and varied. A student owned internet capable device can be an important part of a student’s toolkit, giving them instant access to unlimited resources and enabling them to support, extend, communicate and share their learning in a way that will prepare them for the future.

Advantages of student owned devices include:

  • Anytime, anywhere access to class resources, support and extension activities through Moodle
  • The ability to develop “digital” folders and exercise books for their classes (that can’t be lost, and never need replacing) through Google Apps
  • The ability to develop a portfolio of their learning using Google docs and MyPortfolio
  • Anytime, anywhere access to the school library e-books, database and catalogued web resources through Oliver
  • Greater ability to communicate with teachers, parents and peers to support their learning through instant access to their student email
  • Anytime, anywhere access to unlimited resources and information on the internet
  • The ability to draft, redraft and publish their work at the click of a button
  • Allowing students to become active partners in their learning

Research citing the potential benefits of e-learning

Noeline Wright’s (University of Waikato) literature review looking at ‘e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools’ highlights the following benefits of e-learning afforded by access to internet capable devices:

  • Improved motivation and engagement
  • Greater independence and personalised learning
  • Improved critical thinking and development of multiliteracies
  • Greater access to information, resources and experts
  • Greater opportunities for collaboration in wide contexts, including international ones

 

E-learning in the NZC

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to:

  • assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
  • facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
  • assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
  • enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.

 

Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning.

(NZC, 2007)