BWIC NEWS26 August 2020

Online Learning/Bring-Your-Own-Device

Following the outline of the TCI Government’s 5-phased plan for return to school, the British West Indies Collegiate will begin its online classes for all students on Monday 7th September. The Minister for Education announced last week that online learning will proceed for all students until 2ndOctober. In Providenciales, all Lower School students (Years 7, 8, 9) will continue with online learning until the end of this first term. From October 2nd, Years 10-13 will participate in blended learning – a mix of online learning and classroom learning. It is intended that all TCI students will experience blended learning from January onwards; however, the government’s phased plan is subject to continual review.

Parents/guardians will be interested to know our expectations for the type of device their children will need to participate successfully in our digital learning. Basically, while our youngest students could manage with a tablet capable of running Google Chrome, our older students, and most certainly those in our IGCSE and A-level classes, should be using a Microsoft Windows-based laptop. We do not recommend Apple products for the simple reason, apart from cost, that they are not entirely compatible with our system.

Parents must be aware that a tablet, whilst highly portable, tends to have a short battery life and limited internal memory. If a tablet is provided for your child, it must be capable of saving files to the ‘Cloud’, and/or to an external memory device. The following pointers, suggested from the experience of other schools, may assist your choice of device:

* Minimum screen size: laptop 11”/ tablet 9.7”
* A touchscreen is highly beneficial
* Processor: 2 Core minimum; 4 Core recommended
* RAM: Minimum 4GB for laptops; 3GB for tablets
* Minimum local storage: 120GB for laptops; 64GB for tablets
* Minimum battery requirements: should last a school day (7-8 hours) before recharging
* Wireless network: Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
* Keyboard: external (Bluetooth keyboards are widely available for tablets)
* Camera: ESSENTIAL for online classes
* Up-to-date ANTIVIRUS and Operating System
* Protective carry bag USB memory stick (16GB minimum)

The Collegiate has sourced a good tablet which meets the needs of our youngest students:

Dragon Touch Notepad K10 Tablet, 10 inch Android Tablet, 2GB RAM 32GB Storage, Quad-Core Processor,
10.1 IPS HD Display, Micro HDMI, Android 9.0 Pie, 5G WiFi, Metal Body Black
The cost of this tablet has not been finalised, but should be around $125.
Any parent wishing to order one of these tablets for their child should contact me ASAP.

Needless to say, all digital devices and sundries are brought to school and used entirely at the owner’s risk. BWIC will accept no responsibility or liability for damage, loss, or theft, however caused.

Uniform

You are respectfully advised that school uniform will not be necessary for our students until they return to on-site classes, as directed, in January. All school orders made before the summer are on hold, and should be reviewed before the January return. As such, there is no need to enquire about uniform collections at this time.

Email Addresses

Many thanks to those who have informed me of missing or erroneous parent email addresses. These have now been added to the database. It is suggested that parents check their spam folder for missing messages, and whitelist our domain (@bwic.tc) in their email address list, to be found in your email account settings, so that any future message of ours is not bounced or blocked.
With best regards,

Mr Anthony Wilkinson
Vice-Principal