Being prepared for class is a great start to making progress. Taiohi/students are expected to be organised and bring what they need to support their learning. The basics include a school bag, stationery and a learning device is highly recommended.
Please refer below for stationery requirements at each year level. The minimum requirements for devices is included in these documents.
BYOD – bring your own device
All taiohi/students are strongly encouraged to bring their own suitable device to support their learning. They can access the internet using the wireless network on campus, and access learning materials provided by the school.
Learning is enhanced when a student has his/her own device, one that can be used anywhere. Having your own device means they can use the device that they prefer and increases the amount of time a device is accessible for learning, both at school and at home. In addition, as NZQA moves to a digital assessment format, there will be a distinct advantage in having great access to a device. Students are encouraged to use their own devices (including phones) as personal organisers, keeping track of homework or assessment requirements, in addition to maintaining a diary.
Thames High School use a blended e-learning approach to both teaching and learning, i.e. traditional teaching methods and modern e-learning techniques will combine to support all taiohi/students in their learning programmes. Once enrolled, taiohi/students will have access to the Google Suite that includes Classroom (online classroom space), Meet (video conferencing), Docs (to produce reports), Slides (for presentations), Sheets (spreadsheets), and many other apps.
They will also have access to Microsoft Office 365 where apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Teams can be used. This includes access to Office 365 and Monitor Web Printing (to print to school printers).
e-Learning has many benefits:
- Improved student motivation and engagement;
- Greater independence and personalised learning;
- Improved critical thinking and development of multi-literacies, including digital literacy for the contemporary workplace;
- Greater access to information, resources and experts;
- Greater opportunities for collaboration in a range of contexts, including international ones.
Source: Noeline Wright’s literature review “Looking at e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools” – (University of Waikato).