Hi my name is Arshad Saheb from Aorere College. I am here to write about why digital devices are useful in everyday learning. I will be including how digital devices are useful in school, how Aorere College needs more devices in areas where they need it most, how the internet has to stay fast and how the teachers around Aorere College have to get more experienced in using digital devices.
In Aorere College I believe that digital devices are having a positive effect on everyday learning. Students in our 302 English Class with Mr Kelly are always engaged and always doing their work using laptops or smartphones. When Mr Kelly is absent from class, he always updates our Google Classroom and gives our task for the day and he has high trust in us to complete it when he is not around. Digital devices are useful in school because it doesn’t make students say “oh i forgot my pen” or “Miss I don’t have a book.” It makes sense that students work on laptops during class time where they can store their work on google docs or devices. Mr Kelly will never let us use Microsoft Word or anything because he quotes “It’s not better than Google Docs or Drive and I’ll never mark your work if you send me your work through email.” It is also useful by doing your homework and assessments on the laptop as you won’t lose your work or won’t get any excuses for not doing your work. You can get advice from your teachers by contacting them online via twitter or facebook or email.
Aorere College in the future will be a digital device school, but to make this happen, Aorere College must get devices for every subject area they need it for. We need more devices that you could use for every subject such as Health. All subjects must have fast and accessible laptops. I know this because when we we used to have to old and other laptops from other areas of the school, they were not fast and it sometimes took one whole period to load up. This did not leave much time to complete your essay or any other work or assessments. For Aorere College to be a digital school, they must purchase more laptops or chromebooks to use for students. If Aorere College purchases more laptops and chromebooks for the entire school, Aorere College will most likely not use pen and paper anymore. Another issue that Aorere College has to resolve is to keep the network as fast as possible. If the network is down for one whole day, it can have a major impact on the students learning. One whole day could go to waste without any learning. If this happens Aorere College should have a backup plan to make students work but using the devices or anything else that is useful for the school and students. As a student at Aorere College I have suffered a time where the network went down and it wasn’t a good experience. Luckily Mr Kelly (our 302 English teacher had a backup plan by making us connect to his phone and use his data via hotspot.
The teachers at Aorere College must get provided with more training on using digital devices and using online websites e.g. Google Classroom, Google Docs etc. This is because if Aorere College wants to go digital, they must give their teachers training on using the devices, so they can teach their students via Classroom etc. Some teachers that I have spoken to such as Mr Whaanga, Mr Subbarayan would love to get more training on using classroom and the digital devices, so they can help us students pass assessments using our own devices. This also makes it easier for them as if they're absent, they can load their task and the instructions of the work we have to complete for the day via Classroom. When Mr Kelly is absent, he puts up clear instructions on our 302 English Google Classroom. This makes us complete our tasks and still be on track for our learning when he is absent.
In conclusion, I believe that Aorere College should become a digital school, because I feel that it’s easier by using laptops and our own devices than using paper and pen for the whole day. This is also useful because students will sometimes make excuses such as “my dog ate my homework” or “I don’t have a pen.” Aorere College can become a digital school if we can get devices for the entire school to use and every student has a smartphone for learning purposes.