Digital Learning (BYOD)

What is ‘Bring Your Own Device’?

Over the past two years, the College has introduced the use of iPads for all staff and students in Years7-11 as an aid to learning, with great success.

We believe that our Sixth Form students should also benefit from having an electronic device to assist them in their studies. After consulting with both staff and students, it has been decided that the best way to achieve this is to introduce a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) scheme.

This will allow students to bring in a personal electronic device of their choice and use it for work. Whilst in College they will have access to the internet, VLE and shared areas via our Wi-Fi network. If the device supports the installation of Foldr, they will also be able to access files saved on the College computer network.

It is felt that offering this freedom and flexibility for Sixth Form students will help to encourage them to take greater responsibility for their own learning and find a style of working best suited to their individual subject choices.

Which device should you use?

All students have access to the online Microsoft Office apps via their College Office 365 account. However, these apps have limited functionality. Therefore, any device must be able to support the installation of the full Microsoft Office apps.

When deciding on a device, it is important to consider your subject choices and the type of work you will be doing. This may determine factors such as whether or not you will use a keyboard, what software you have to install and how much storage space you need.

If you choose to purchase a new device, it may also be worth considering how it will benefit you beyond your time in Sixth Form (e.g. university or work).

To help you to decide which device to use, the examples below show four students, the subjects they study and the type of device best suited to those subjects:

Student 1

Studies Maths, Further Maths, Physics & Chemistry

The device is mainly used for taking notes, accessing online resources and completing past papers, but little extended writing. The option to hand write makes setting out calculations easier.

Uses an Apple iPad with Apple Pencil

Student 2

Studies English, Drama, Music & Business Studies

This student needs a keyboard to assist with essay writing in some subjects. The device also needs to run specialist software for Music and have an intuitive user interface well-suited to design and musical composition.

Uses an Apple MacBook Air

Student 3

Studies Maths, Economics, Politics & History

These subjects require a mix of typed essays, online research and handwritten notes. The student needs the functionality of a laptop, but with the ability to switch between keyboard and stylus.

Uses a Microsoft Surface
(An iPad with keyboard and Apple Pencil could also be used)

Student 4

Studies English, History, Classics & Philosophy

The device is used for extended writing, accessing electronic textbooks and internet research. The student uses a keyboard in all subjects and would benefit from a full desktop.

Uses a Windows laptop