To meet the complex demands of 21st century education, Park Ridge SHS has transitioned to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school from 2020 onwards.
The decision to move to a BYOD is a necessary one to ensure students have access to the best possible educational outcomes. Increasingly, aspects of classroom learning are becoming computer based. This can include:
- Communicating with teachers
- Collaborating in groups
- Handing in homework
- Viewing educational videos
- Researching for assignments
- Completing quizzes and exams
Educational research also that shows having computer access on a personal device provides better educational outcomes for the student. Schools that migrate to a BYOD model enjoy many benefits, including:
- increased student motivation, confidence and engagement with learning because students are familiar with their devices
- greater autonomy in the classroom
- the maturing of students as digital citizens who embrace digital opportunities and responsibilities
- the normalising of technology use between the school and home
- greater opportunity for inter-school collaboration.
(Alberta Government, 2012; Lee, Levins, Hubbard, & Freedman, 2013; Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008; Nielsen, 2013; Wainwright, 2013; Sweeney, & Intelligent Business Research Services Ltd., 2012).
The BYOD program at Park Ridge does not replace the more traditional methods of learning, but complement these methods and extend students skills and readiness for 21st century living and employability. We strongly believe schools have a responsibility to our students to provide 21st century learning opportunities in our teaching and learning methods to meet the demands of the ever-growing digital workforce. Students will continue to gain traditional learning knowledge and skills, but they will also be taught ICT skills and digital citizenship by utilising a BYOD program. Park Ridge State High School is proud of this step forward in educational progress for our students.