e-Learning at Fergusson

New technologies continue to change the world in which we live, and they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction.
e-learning provides the following positive impacts:

  • Improved motivation and engagement
  • Greater independence and personalised learning
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Greater access to information, resources and experts
  • Greater opportunities for collaboration and creation

It is pleasing to note that these positive impacts align with our school goals:

  • To prepare our students to live and work successfully in the 21st Century
  • To promote competency in and enthusiasm for Literacy and Numeracy
  • To promote the importance of physical, social and emotional well-being
  • To develop an understanding of the world and promote a commitment to our roles and responsibilities within it
  • To provide opportunities for critical and creative thinking and the development of problem solving skills

See below for more information about Google Apps for Education and our Bring your own device policy.

Google Apps for Education

We use Google Apps for Education as a tool for our online learning.

This online learning platform provides a wealth of opportunities for students and teachers to interact online daily, in a safe, password protected environment.

This means:

  • Teachers plan learning opportunities directly into this online environment
  • Teachers interact with students online and give students feedback on their learning
  • Students access and complete learning online at school and at home.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Fergusson Intermediate has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. We allow students to bring their own device to school for the purpose of learning. Fergusson Intermediate continues to find ways to integrate digital technologies into teaching and learning and BYOD assists us to enable anytime, anywhere access to enhance teaching, learning, collaboration and communication.

Our BYOD initiative is not compulsory for students but they have this as an option if they want to take it up. Fergusson Intermediate is committed to providing access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to all students.

Frequently asked questions:

Insurance

All devices brought to school are the student’s responsibility. The insurance of the device is the parent’s responsibility. Parents need to ensure their policy covers theft/damage away from home.

Time of use

Students will not be able to use their device before school or during break times. The only exception to this rule will be when the students are using their device for the purpose of learning and are supervised by an adult. Teachers will provide a locked drawer for students to store their device when not in use. If a student does not use this option then the school holds no responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.

BYOD Filtering

Fergusson Intermediate operates Sonicwall which is a high end security management appliance that gives us very detailed control and visibility of exactly what is coming into, and going out of our school network

Device Use

Devices will be used to supplement students’ learning. We continue to find ways to integrate digital technologies into our teaching and learning programmes. It isn’t a case of giving the student access to technology and free reign to do whatever. Rather it is a case of structuring and providing learning opportunities which integrate the use of ICTs. It’s about personalising student learning and allowing students to choose the right tool for the task.

Connectivity

All BYOD devices will be on our student wireless network. The network for students will  open at 8.30am and close at 3.15pm daily, Monday – Friday.