Students of all levels at Cashmere High School are recommended and strongly encouraged to bring an appropriate device to school. A student owned internet capable device is now 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 prepares them for the future.As a school, we have decided that no one device fits all learners, and are therefore offering choice with regards to the device that a student can provide. With that said, senior students are required to produce the majority of their NCEA assessments online, therefore a laptop would be the device of choice for Year 11 to 13 students. Harvey Norman will be our preferred supplier and they are offering a range of educational packages. We have chosen them as they will supply a backup device if there is an issue, which means there will be minimal downtime and not interfere with a student's learning. Harvey Norman have an Education desk in store where you can discuss what is available in relation to the specifications the school has provided in the BYOD flyer. The advantages of a student owned device have been highlighted in a recent literature review carried out by Noeline Wright from the University of Waikato (2010). She concludes that there is a number of benefits with regards to using a variety of eLearning experiences in the classroom on a regular basis. These include improved motivation and engagement, greater independence and personalised learning, improved critical thinking, greater access to information, resources and experts and allowing a greater opportunity for collaboration in a wider context than just the classroom.
*Free Microsoft software for all students.*
In partnership with Microsoft, Cashmere High School provides five free copies of Microsoft Office to each student while they are attending our school. This gives all students access to the latest versions of Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel & OneNote etc. Each Student can install Microsoft Office on up to five personal devices. Once your son/daughter starts in Year 9 they will receive a Cashmere Network login which can be used to download the software.
Instruct your child to follow these simple steps to get Office for PC and Mac:
1. Visit http://365.cashmere.school.nz/
2. Sign in with school-provided credentials & download
3. On the installation page select your language and click install
The following link are the resources used by Tessa Gray (CORED Education) for a parent information evening hosted here at our school on Monday 11th August 2014. It includes some very useful video clips illustrating issues around unsafe internet use.
NetSafe is an independent non-profit New Zealand organisation that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of online technologies. This organisation promotes cybersafety and champions digital citizenship by educating and supporting individuals, organisations and industry on a range of issues. Their website is an excellent New Zealand site to offer guidance and support on issues related to safe internet and digital technology use.