Digital Teaching and Learning Strategy - September 2021
In the new academic year the Senior School will be taking the next step in its evolving Digital Teaching and Learning Strategy.
Online teaching experiences during lockdown have highlighted the significant potential for the development of teaching and learning that the careful implementation of digital technology can bring. To quote our mission statement, Bromsgrove School prides itself in providing an education which ‘responds to global change while retaining core values’. We believe that allowing pupils access to suitable devices in the classroom will further help to achieve this aim.
From September 2021, all pupils will be expected to have a suitable portable digital device to work on in lessons. Increasingly common in leading schools, this ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) plan allows for a degree of personal choice for families when choosing a suitable device, whilst still ensuring that all pupils are guaranteed the best possible learning environment. Their teachers will build on the valuable experiences of remote learning during the pandemic, ensuring pupils are not only proficient in using core applications, but also master essential skills needed to manage their digital lives and workflows in the years ahead.
We have worked with our in-house IT support partner to offer options, which include an education discount. The options are available at the following location:
There is no obligation or requirement to purchase the device using this option, many of you will already have devices that will meet your child’s needs for the new academic year.
Whatever device your child uses, the minimum required specifications for use in School are as follows:
- 6+ hours of battery life but 8+ hours preferred as battery life tends to degrade over time and may require charging throughout the day
- Intel Core i5 Processor or AMD Ryzen 7 Series Processor.
- 8GB or More Memory
- 128GB or more Storage (SSD/NVMe)
- Windows 10
- USB-C Charging port.
- Minimum Screen Size 11inches
In addition, the ability to use a stylus with the device would be preferable.
Pupils of Bromsgrove School have free access to the Microsoft Office 365 package, which is compatible with Apple devices. The expectation is that pupils will use this suite in lessons for assignments. Pupils will be supported through academic lessons and additional training to make effective use of their device to support their learning.