Porirua College expands BYOD scheme with peace of mind

By Scott Noakes on 8/24/16 4:59 PM

Porirua’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme is moving from trial phase to cross-college with no concerns regarding student safety thanks to Linewize. The college’s IT support provider, recommended using Linewize to protect students whilst online. Linewize has alleviated the security concerns of staff and the community, and simultaneously improved levels of classroom engagement.

BYOD and Student Safety

John Topp, Deputy Principal at Porirua College explained the issues that needed to be resolved prior to rolling out BYOD, “With our existing system we could not see what students were doing, we couldn’t easily monitor traffic on the network and we had instances of students using staff log ins on their own devices and we needed to put a stop to that.”

In addition, Porirua College felt that it had a responsibility to the community to ensure that students were using the Internet safely on campus and at home. John explains, “Our parents’ biggest concern about the proposed Chromebook roll out was that they would not know what their children were doing on the Internet at home.”

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Managing internet access for Microsoft Networks

By Scott Noakes on 5/5/16 11:06 AM

The majority of New Zealand school networks are underpinned by Microsoft networking technologies.

These networks run Windows Server domain controllers to manage host access to network resources and store user and group information in an Active Directory (AD) database.

Linewize integrates directly with these Microsoft networking technologies to allow schools to understand student Internet use and manage website and application access from our cloud management interface.

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Linewize supports Te Aroha College’s vision of openness

By Scott Noakes on 4/10/16 10:17 AM

Te Aroha College are in the midst of updating the school vision for the community, school, staff and students. Linewize has become an important enabler for this process, making possible significant student empowerment over their own internet usage.

“We see Linewize as a tool for keeping reactive discussions about inappropriate usage to a minimum, preferring instead proactive discussion on how to use the internet before a situation develops. Our openness reflects real life in the digital world and prepares students instead of shielding them.” – Alex Daroux, Head of IT Operations, Te Aroha College.

Edgewize: transforming a firewall from blocker to enabler

Disillusioned with the school’s existing firewall, Head of IT Operations Alex Daroux began to search for an alternative solution better suited to a college environment. Their current firewall was designed for small businesses and struggled with the demands of a medium-sized school. With staff and students facing repeated requests to login to access the network, Alex knew that it should be easier.

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Internet access management made easy for GAFE Schools

By Scott Noakes on 2/10/16 12:24 PM

Linewize integrates directly with Google to enable schools to understand student Internet use and manage website and application access from our cloud interface.

Using Linewize to identify the student by their Google account on any given device allows Internet access to be tailored by Google group membership and time of day. Schools can thereby ensure that content accessed during class-time is lesson related.

Network login using Google accounts

Linewize allows students to log on to the school network using their existing Google username and password on any device they may use during the school day.

When a student logs into a Chromebook, the Linewize Chrome extension notifies Linewize to apply Internet filtering according to the Google Groups that student belongs to. This allows schools to easily apply filtering rules such as ‘Block Facebook access for students during lesson time.’

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Educating digital citizenship through conversation at Halswell School

By Scott Noakes on 1/13/16 12:46 PM

The Ministry of Education recently published a number of video case studies on Halswell School and St Hilda's Collegiate School. Both Halswell and St Hilda's use Linewize services to not only manage network and content access but also use the visibility Linewize provides to enable conversations with students around good digital citizenship.

“Linewize has given us a really good tool to talk to students about digital citizenship especially if filtering hits come up.”Fraser Malins, ICT Leader, Halswell School.

Halswell School was seriously affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and required a full rebuild on the existing site. After three years of disruption they now are enjoying a fully custom built MLE environment to support their learning. In the above video Fraser Malins talks about the educational benefits of using Linewize to maintain an open network network environment and address inappropriate use with individuals as it occurs.

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21st Century Visibility for 21st Century Teaching & Learning

By Scott Noakes on 12/17/15 6:20 AM

“Linewize offers a granular solution, not a one-size fits all like other services. We can monitor web usage by class and by individual student. Teachers can reward and report on levels of engagement in a meaningful way with each and every child.”Russell Burt, Principal, Point England School.

Point England School solve visibility issue for BYOD and 1:1

Point England School in Auckland is known across New Zealand and internationally for its successful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Point England School was the convening school in the Maniakalani Cluster founded in 2007 to provide 1:1 digital learning for students from seven schools initially, many of whom came from lower decile homes. Point England School students have had 1:1 digital learning in classrooms since 2010 supporting a focus on achieving high levels of engagement and independently driven learning.

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Integrating network access with GAFE

By Scott Noakes on 9/22/15 2:59 PM

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is rapidly gaining prominence in the classroom with over 20% of U.S. schools opting for Chromebooks as their student device of choice.

IDC market research shows that in the first half of 2015, Chromebooks actually outsold Windows PCs in the U.S. education market.

Topics: Google BYOD
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The ABC's of BYOD for Principals

By Scott Noakes on 2/10/15 10:45 PM

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can greatly enhance learning, but it also presents new challenges for those responsible for maintaining their school's duty of care towards students, teachers and parents.

When planning a BYOD rollout there are a number of considerations to keep in mind to ensure your BYOD program is a success.

Student safety comes first

Being responsible for what children can access online is no easy task. Balancing access with safety for each student year is a decision that each school must make individually. Make sure that your BYOD management solution allows students to be treated individually and that shared and fixed classroom devices can be managed properly. Given that even TV's and DVD players have in-built browsers, make sure your solution covers all devices, personal and school owned, wired and wireless.

Topics: BYOD
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Solving eLearning IT Challenges

By Scott Noakes on 11/28/14 10:52 PM

You may be aware of the Future Focused Learning Report May 2014 released by the 21st Century Learning Reference group. This report contains recommendations that will require a significant change in school IT infrastructure and pedagody,

The report recommends that the Ministry of Education provide guidelines on introducing and effectively using digital devices for learning, with the expectation that by 2017:

  • all early childhood learners and school-age students will have access to digital devices
  • every student from Year 4 will have access to a personal digital device

In meeting these recommendations, schools are faced with numerous IT challenges to ensure appropriate network and web-content access for all students and the devices they use.

To help schools meet these challenges Smart Computer Systems Ltd has partnered with Linewize Ltd to provide SmartNet schools the ability to self-manage a students’ network and web-content access across both school and personal devices (BYOD).

Topics: BYOD
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