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1 Community Survey Summary of Results Thank you to all those who responded to the e-learning survey that went out last term. We have collated the information and the comments which are below in a summary form. The comments were incredibly useful and they will help us over the next year as we continue to develop our BYOD programme. Our next planned steps are to address some of the concerns raised by you in the survey as well as investigate and put together a seize and search policy that is aligned with the Ministry of Education s current bill. Before the end of the year there will also be a list of minimum specifications as well as recommended devices that will go out to parents and students along with a letter asking for Years 9 to students to opt-in to a proof of concept class for next year. A proof of concept class is a class that will be run fully BYOD, students who choose to opt-in to this class will have to bring a suitable device in order to be used in their classes. It is our hope that we will be a BYOD school by Please note: We have selected a number of parent comments that we believe best represent the parent voice. These have been formatted as below: Comments from parents

2 Year levels of respondents son/daughter Options Responses Year 9 27 Year Year Year 12 Rathkeale 9 Year 13 Rathkeale 6 Year 12 St Matthews 1 Year 13 St Matthews 1 There was a total of 61 parents who responded to the survey. From this the majority were Y9 parents. What type of internet access do you have at home for your child to access? Broadband internet access 42 69% Ultrafast Broadband Fibre internet access 8 13% Wifi internet access (only) 8 13% 3G/4G Mobile (only) internet access 2 3% Dial up internet access 1 2% No Internet Access 0 0% Total % It was shown from the parents that participated in this survey that they all have some form of internet access at home with the majority of parents having broadband. This is essential to enable students to continue their learning at home. Fast/cheap Internet access is not available to rural families. This needs to be factored into any BYOD plans. While we understand that a small percentage do not have access to reliable connections it is likely that by the proposed 2016 implementation date that connection speeds of rural families will be improved and more affordable.

3 My family regularly uses at least one mobile computing device. Yes % No 0 0% Total % All parents who participated in the survey said that their family regularly use at least one mobile computing device. This was not surprising given the large role technology plays in our day to day lives. 100% Yes No Does your son/daughter have access to a BYOD device that they could bring to school? Windows Laptop 16 26% ipad 14 23% Smartphone 8 13% No access to device 8 13% Windows Tablet 5 8% Apple Laptop 5 8% Android Tablet 5 8% Chromebook 0 0% Other 0 0% Total Responses % Over 85% of parents who participated in the survey have access to a BYOD device that their son/daughter could bring to school. The main two devices that students have access to were a Windows laptop or an ipad. Below are some comments from parents as well as our response to questions or concerns. Smart phones are difficult to use as learning devices. I would not choose a smart phone for my child to bring to school. We do not see smart phones as a student s primary device for BYOD and as a result a smart phone will not meet our minimum specifications.

4 Though there were ipads, I feel they were limited compared to what a laptop can offer. Although there are quite a high percentage of students who have access to an ipad we have experienced their limitations in the classroom and are taking this into consideration when determining the minimum specifications for BYOD devices. Our main concerns are firstly, that the ipad relies on the apps that are available from the apple store and if an app is not available the student would be disadvantaged. Secondly, the apps that are on offer, which are compatible with our current Office365 system, are limited. Do you support your child bringing a technology device to school for instructional use? Yes 52 85% No 9 15% Total % The overwhelming response shows that parents are very supportive of their son/daughter bringing a device to be used in the classroom. Below are some comments from parents as well as our response to questions or concerns. 15% 85% Yes No This policy needs to be implemented sooner rather than later. It s the way that all schools should be teaching in the future. I would hate to think that parents would decide that they would NOT send their son to Rathkeale if they thought it was backward in terms of its ICT. With my children coming from Greytown Primary, where ALL the year 7 & 8 students have their own laptops (provided by the school), it was a surprise to find out that Rathkeale had a very limited opportunity to use these devices in everyday schooling. I would wholeheartedly be behind the implementation to a universal BYOD. Having an Apple laptop full-time for 2 years in no way had a deleterious effect on my sons' learning; of that I am certain. I think it's important that technology is utilised at school as that is the reality the boys will be facing when they leave school in tertiary education and employment.

5 Why on earth would we not support children being educated with modern learning media and platforms? This is not an option as I see it - this is the world we live in now and a must do. I think the use of such devices is a logical part of school environment, in that it mimics the working environment. I would fully support any 'digitisation' of educational pathways. I think the school needs to adopt the reality of technologies place in kids lives. Boys might do better if given more electronic based learning. As long as good processes and protocols are put in place we are more than happy for the BYOD system to occur. We are very aware of the need for good processes and protocols and we are in the process of creating these. We will have these in place well before the full implementation of BYOD. Yes if teachers know how to use technologies in an integrated way. If not, then kids will not reach full digital fluency. We understand that staff professional development is an essential component of a successful BYOD roll out plan. This has already been implemented and will be particularly emphasised in 2015.

6 Do you think that technology can enhance and improve classroom instruction? Some of the time 30 49% Most of the time 22 36% Depends on the subject 5 8% All of the time 3 5% Not often 1 2% Never 0 0% Total % This is a very encouraging result for Rathkeale's plans to implement BYOD. 85% of respondents believe that technology can improve classroom instruction. Technology can enhance classroom instruction, but it is just another piece of equipment in the teacher s toolbox. It's just down to the quality of the teacher as to whether it is an improvement or not - if it is used with creativity and intelligence. We agree that this comes down to the importance of extensive professional development for teachers to ensure that they are competent with digital technology and how to use this to enhance students learning. They are a significant tool for research and clearly today's students need to be able to navigate social media and the online world. As technology is becoming an everyday aspect of life, the skills around using technology should also be utilised to improve students strengths and prepare them for the workforce. These include etiquette around the use of devices, electronic messages and networking forums and cyber security. Basic information and learning techniques are still required, but schools should be integrating modern work methods into the classroom environment and utilising the new working styles that come with the modern electronic work place.

7 If you were looking at purchasing a BYOD device for your son/daughter which of the following options would be the most attractive to you as a parent/caregiver? Purchase the device independently through a retailer 20 33% Purchase a device that is subsidised by the school 20 33% Lease a device from the school over a 3 5 year period with the option to return or purchase at the end of the lease 15 25% The school should provide the device 6 10% Total Responses % 24% 10% 33% 33% BYOD purchase options were almost evenly split between purchasing independently, subsidised by the school and leasing over 3-5 years. We are currently looking at all of these options and this may result in the school offering more than option to parents. Leasing means that the technology is up to date and I am assuming that the lease would include maintenance, so that if a device was having issues it would be repaired or replaced. It's possible that issues will occur over the 5 year lifespan. The device would not be worth much even at the end of a 3 year lease. If we were to go with the leasing option we would want to include maintenance and insurance options. This would need to cover accidental damage and manufacturing faults. If the device was damaged by the student an excess may apply. We would need to ensure that there was a quick turn around on a device sent away for repair and that a loan device was available for the student in the interim.

8 Minimum specifications for BYO devices will be available to parents. Would you be happy to: Choose a device from a list of recommended devices 32 52% Have the school decide on what device is purchased 14 23% Choose the device yourself based on the minimum specifications 13 21% Let your son/daughter have full control over what device is purchased 2 3% Total Responses % We will be providing parents with a list of minimum specifications and recommended devices. Due to the large variation of devices students already own it is unlikely that we will be enforcing one particular device. CONSISTENCY of device is very important to me as a parent of Y10 St Matthews and Y9 Rathkeale students. The Trinity system needs to work together so that the same device is appropriate for my daughter in senior school. I would prefer to be told which device to get, so that everybody had the same, and the same programme was used by everybody. There is already a Trinity ICT Working Group in place which are considering all these issues and working together to ensure that the transition from school to school is as smooth as possible. They have also been working on minimum specifications required for devices for each school to help with this process. I believe that students should be given a list of minimum requirements for the computer and allowed to choose their own device. However, the school should enforce that students must have the SAME operating system (e.g. windows) because program crosscompatibility is not common and already causes problems. We are currently working on the minimum specifications required which will be sent to parents shortly. At Rathkeale our BYOD platform is based on Office 365/SharePoint as a result our decisions on the minimum spec requirements will be based on the devices compatibility with our current system.

9 Please rank your concerns, with 1 being the most concerning issue and 6 being the issue of least concern to you. The summary above shows that the security of devices is of greatest concerns. All of these concerns, regardless of their rank, are currently being addressed and more information about how we plan to combat these concerns will be available at a later date. Concern Overall Rank Theft of devices/security 1 Off-task or inappropriate use 2 Cyber-safety / Cyber-bullying 3 Data security/student privacy 4 Reliance on technology/daily screen time 5 Cost of purchasing a new device 6 I dislike the possible competition it will bring, the chance of breakage on the way to and from school and the use of it outside class. My only concern would be security i.e. where would these devices be stored during lunch times etc. Concerns are primarily around the cost of device if required to provide one for school. There is huge potential for students to be off-task Cameras would be a concern with smaller devices (tablets and phones) in respect of cyber bullying or misuse. Particularly for the boarders. Another concern is about the safety of the device at school, i.e. lost / stolen / broken -- if they become compulsory, this could turn into a very costly exercise to replace.

10 Do you accept that the school should have the right to seize and search devices if there is reasonable cause to suspect misuse? Yes 59 97% No 2 3% The overwhelming response from parents was the acceptance of the schools right to seize and search devices when there is reasonable cause to suspect misuse. A number of parents commented on their wish to be informed before this would take place. We are currently in the process of exploring this complex issue in alignment with the Education Amendment Bill of 2012 in regards to this. What would you like to know more about? 3% 97% Yes No How will damage and misuse be dealt with 47 77% How these devices will be used in the classroom 45 74% What services will be provided by the school 39 64% The majority of respondents would like more information about: How damage and misuse will be dealt with. How these devices will be used in the classroom. What services will be provided by the school. All of the above are currently being addressed and information will be provided to all parents How will damage and misuse be dealt with How these devices will be used in the classroom What services will be provided by the school

11 It would be useful to see/experience some examples of the type of learning opportunities afforded by such devices that are enhancements on the traditional school experiences. We are planning to upload videos showing some examples of how devices are currently being used in the classroom. I trust the school to develop a system that works for them in the first instance and the students in the second instance. Parents stay clear and beware. I'd be interested to know what security is in place. Also, who is the ISP for the school and does it subscribe to the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System? We currently have two layers of firewall in place to ensure the appropriate and safe use of technology in the classroom. The top layer is Watchdog which is a MoE funded internet filtering service designed for education. The next layer is a FortiGate firewall that enables the school to have fine control over device and internet usage. What infrastructure (network upgrades and bandwidth) will the school need to put in place to cope with the BYOD system and how will this be funded? The school must also consider the effect on the school servers and infrastructure due to the increased usage.) Rathkeale College has already undergone a full school network upgrade through the Ministry of Education s school network upgrade project (SNUP). This upgrade included a full internal ICT network upgrade that included all cabling and switches. We have also upgraded our servers and implemented a Ruckus wireless solution that includes access points in all classrooms. Our wireless equipment is on lease and is due to be renewed. This will allow the school to keep up with changes in technology and will further increase our wireless capabilities.

12 [ How would the school deal with making sure the devices had access to mains power for recharging, including during the course of a class session/school day? All devices with our minimum specifications will have at least a 6 hour battery life. It would be preferable that students would take responsibility for ensuring that their devices are fully charged at the beginning of each school day. All classrooms also have power points available for the charging of some devices. We are currently exploring the possibility of a charging hub located in the library. How would you prefer to receive information on BYOD at Rathkeale College? % School Newsletter 28 46% Parent Portal 15 25% Meeting at Rathkeale 12 20% All information regarding ICT at Rathkeale College will be sent out via and uploaded to the parent portal. Some information will also be included in the school newsletter from time to time and a meeting may be considered at some time in the future. Has your son come from a high-tech learning environment at their primary/intermediate school? Yes 16 59% No 11 41% Total % Rathkeale College has a number of feeder schools from a large area. As a result it is not surprising the digital environment of current Year 9 students differs. However, it is encouraging that the majority have come from a hi-tech learning environment. 41% 59% Yes No

13 Do you feel that technology played a significant role in your son's Primary/Intermediate education? Moderate Role 14 52% Low Role 7 26% Extensive Role 3 11% No Role 3 11% Total Responses % 89% of parents felt that technology played some role in their child s primary/intermediate education. Do you feel that Rathkeale is meeting your expectations regarding the use of technology in the classroom? Unsure 11 41% At expectations 7 26% Below expectations 7 26% Exceeding expectations 2 7% Total Responses % It is a concern that 41% of parents were unsure about the use of technology in the classroom. As we progress towards implementing BYOD you can expect to be better informed about all aspects of the role technology plays in your child s education.

14 [We are unsure if Rathkeale is meeting our expectations] But that s ok, it s better to wait and gain knowledge from others schools trials of BYOD systems to make sure Rathkeale undertake a well-planned BYOD system that works well for the school, teachers and pupils. The Trinity schools have been working hard over the past two years investigating how to strategically implement BYOD into the schools. This has included staff visiting a variety of schools around the country to identify best practice. We now feel that we are in a position to begin the stages of implementing BYOD with a plan to roll out to the whole school in This will begin next year with proof-of-concept classes which will run fully BYOD. More information will follow about these classes and the opportunity for parents and students to opt-in. I have a son in year 10, and it felt like going back to the dark ages when he came to year 9. He had a BYOD at school , and then went back to pen & paper. Rathkeale needs to move forward with the FFL as you risk being left behind, you will not attract new students who will feel like they are "back in the day". The change needs to be led from the top, and filtered to all levels of teachers. The teachers that do not change are the ones the government are wanting moved along as they do not inspire future leaders, trades, science... It is important a tablet can be used in the daily educational routine. This was evident at Hadlow, but appears to be restricted in Yr9/10. Why is this the case? The current policy is that junior students are allowed to bring devices to the classroom at the teacher s discretion.

15 Additional questions, comments and answers He has access to computers at school and we don't see the need for more access to more devices. I don't mind my son taking his own device but if school "pod" of computers is sufficient then does he need to? The purpose of BYOD is the idea of anytime, anywhere learning. While we do have the COWs (computers on wheels) they were always an interim measure. We have founds COWs to be an excellent resource for helping us prepare for a BYOD environment but are now ready to take the next step. BYOD vs COW/Pods of computers 1. BYOD enables a true anytime, anywhere environment for students. School based computers only allow learning to happen in the classroom. 2. School computers need to be booked by the classroom teacher and are not always available. Students will always have their BYOD available for use. 3. The COWs need to be transported to the classroom. This takes away valuable teaching time. My son went to Scots previously where they used websites to teach the kids, but didn't check that they did their homework. Rathkeale sees the use of technology as a way to enhance the learning that already takes place in and out of the classroom. It will provide teachers and students with the ability to learn in ways that are not possible in a traditional teaching environment. As indicated by many parents, the teacher cannot be replaced by technology and is still the most important part of any learning environment.

16 If they are still required to write in the traditional way and sit an examination to achieve their standards, what happens to students who rely too much on technology? This year the Ministry of Education is trialling online, computer based examinations as they are dedicated to future-focused learning. The Ministry has indicated that computer based examinations will replace traditional examinations within the next five years. While there will always be a place for paper-based learning, technology is going to continue to play a significant role in education. It is important that Rathkeale prepares its students for the future. Are students allowed Facebook during lunchtime or after school? Are there any other website restrictions during school hours? Rathkeale College has an obligation to ensure that internet access on the school network is safe and prioritises access for academic purposes. Our filtering is separated into two main categories school day access and boarding access. During the school day students are restricted to sites that are used for teaching and learning. After hours boarders will be provided with a level of social access that will not affect the speed of the network, compromise study or compete with activities that take place in the common areas and outside of the boarding houses in the afternoons and evenings. In short, Facebook is currently blocked during the school day and is only open to boarders for a brief time during the evening. Would the school have a backup of work completed by students so the work is not lost if the device is lost or stolen? All student work will be saved in the cloud (online) which will enable them and their teachers to access their work from anywhere or device. Our online learning environment in based on Office 365 and SharePoint. This enables students to easily save their work directly to OneDrive or a Class site page. While they may also save their work to their device, in order to prevent lost work it will be imperative that students are using the cloud.

17 Our son has a windows surface tablet. I would be annoyed to have to purchase another device. I understand that other families will have apple products, and others a variety of laptops/tablets. Can the school accommodate the different technologies? The Windows Surface tablet is an ideal BYO device and will be on the list of recommended devices. The school already has the ability to accommodate different technologies with a number of devices currently being used by students and staff. Although we have the ability to support many types of devices it is important that our minimum specifications are set to enable all students to get the most out of the technology. Thank you again for all your responses. If you have any more questions or comments please us at

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