eLearning at Howick College

Howick College is a 'Bring Your Own Device' school. In 2018 our expectation is that all students in Year 9 to 11 will come to school each day with an appropriate device that is ready to help enable their learning.

 

Chromebook, laptop or iPad? 

In 2018 we are opening up our device options to include Chromebooks as well as traditional laptops. In the past, we have relied on devices that enable the Microsoft suite to be downloaded but as more and more of our digital tools are 'cloud based' (including Microsoft), and many of our students already have these devices from their prior shcools, we have changed our policy to incude these devices. You can now choose between a Chromebook and traditional laptop, however iPads are not suitable - your choosen device must have a built in keyboard.

 

During class time, teachers will let students know when they are permitted to use their devices for certain projects. At all other times, students are to have their devices turned off.

Why We Are Passionate About eLearning

Students are in the driver's seat -

We are passionate about eLearning, not just because of the endless digital tools and resources that are available to modern students, but because devices allow students to be in the driver's seat of their own learning. We are so excited that students now have the ability to find answere to almost any question they pose. They have choice in how they best show their learning, and can be creative in ways previously impossible.

 

Independence and collaboration -

When each student has a device, they are able to independently explore, and collaboratively create knowledge. They are able to extend the boundaries of their learning environment beyond the school, and into the wider community. Our students have used their devices to work with local charities, video conference with film directors, publish their writing with people around the world, and conduct authentic scientific research that has even been picked up by major universities.

 

Differentiated learning -

On a more day to day level, being a BYOD school changes the way students and teachers share work with each other. Not only do we use less paper, but use of cloud systems, such as Google Apps, means that students do not lose their work, and are even able to access if from any computer connecetd to the internet. Teachers are able to get feedback to students much more quickly, and students are able to personally message teachers. These things help give a voice to those who tend not to speak up in class, and they offer diffentiated support to learners who need more individualised instruction and assistance.

 

It's our future!

At this point in time, it goes without saying that students will need digital skills to thrive in the workplace and at university. We are proud that Howick College is a nationwide leader in preparing students for their future and enabling students to take ownership of their learning. We hope that you share our enthusiasm about this, and we look forward with you as part of our school community as we help our learners progress toward their future.

New Supplier: Noel Leeming Botany Town Centre


If you are needing to purchase a new device for your child, Noel Leeming BOtany Town Centre have three recommended devices and all the informaiton you will need. They understand our speficiations and requirements, and can help guide you to an appropriate device. They also have packages available including insurance and finance.

Device Specifications

If your child already has a device from primary or intermediate school, please ensure the computer does meet our minimum specifiations to ensure your child's device is fit for purpose at Howick College.

 

Our minimum specifications can be viewed here.

Schoology Access

Schoology is a Learning Management System used by Howick College teachers and students. The system allows teachers and students to exchange learning materials, communicate adn submit electronic assignments.

** please note that Schoology is a different system to the Parent Portal which holds administrative information such as timetable, attendance, fees and achievments etc

 

Parent's are also able to access Schoology and the following PDF provides information about how to set this up.