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Student life

Digital devices

Bring your own digital devices

To enhance your access to digital learning, all students are required to bring a digital device to College to support their lessons and independent learning time.

The benefits of a digital learning approach

  • Aids skills development ready for higher education and employment
  • Increases the range of teaching, assessment and feedback options
  • Better organisation as cloud-based Microsoft software is used by teachers to distribute resources
  • Reduced environmental impact due to less paper and photocopying!
  • Fewer learning resources for students to bring to college everyday

Please get in touch with our Bring Your Own Device team if you can’t find the answer to your question

Email the BYOD team

Device requirements

There is no specific type of device required, providing your chosen option meets certain criteria. Many households may already own a device that will meet the needs of a Hills Road A level student. If you are buying a new device, suitable models start at around £120, with many Android touchscreen tablets offering the basic features needed across most subjects.

The most important functionality students need to have from their device is ‘digital inking.’ This is provided by tablet devices such as iPad and Android, and touchscreen laptops. It enables students to not only type work but also use the stylus, or digital pen, to write formulas and equations or sketch diagrams in a way that would not be possible on a keyboard-only device.

Digital inking provides the flexibility to engage with a variety of resources in a variety of subjects.

Further information

The following covers questions students have about sourcing their digital device.

Outlook, Teams, Word, PowerPoint, Excel are free to students and can be run on most devices (e.g. phones, tablets, laptops). All students use these to access resources, to communicate, to plan, to view and complete subject work.

All students will be able to access Microsoft 365 software, free of charge, once they have fully enrolled with the College.

Laptop

The full version of 365 will only run on a laptop computer and students will be able to install this full version on to such a device.

Tablet

For students using and iPad or Android tablet will be able to download the Microsoft 365 apps, such as Teams, OneDrive, Word and PowerPoint and sign in to these using their College sign-in credentials. The user experience is slightly more limited when using the apps on a tablet but, for most students, this provides all of the functionality that is typically required.

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