School systems receptive to “Bring Your Own Device” and increasing technology use in the classroom.
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Any time that technological tools are purchased for students, the clock of depreciation immediately begins ticking. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that a device loses roughly half of its remaining value with each additional year of use. For schools then, at a minimum, all student devices will need to be replaced within five-to seven years from purchase. This dynamic immediately creates an issue of both fiscal sustainability and purchasing creativity. Schools must get the greatest return for every dollar- not only in the purchase of machines, but also to provide adequate professional development, relevant applications and comprehensive support.I’ve spent 23 years in education thus far, ranging from a major urban school district of 78,000 students to a rural district of only 1,200 kids; but the issues are precisely the same. “How are we going to get more kids access to devices and then keep this good thing going?”
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
The promise of technology in the classroom has long been equal access to resources on the internet, but a digital divide still exists largely because of the other issues poverty raises in schools.
By allowing us to use our phones to gather information, I felt like he really trusted me to use my phone the right way. It felt like he wasn’t worried that I would be irresponsible. It felt like he was treating me as an adult.
The recent brouhaha around Yik Yak, an app that lets its users share secrets anonymously, made me think about the implications situations like this one might have on BYOD. But before we look into this, let me bring you up to speed with the latest trend in Silicon Valley: anonymous social apps.
Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
Most of us learn and work on 2 or 3 screens—students should have the same opportunity to use the right device for the right job and the right time. Sometimes a mobile consumption device is just right. Sometimes a keyboard and a 13 inch screen is the best tool for writing and editing.
Three screens can be a great way to learn, but few schools can provide all three. BYOD should be used to create a high-access environment—a three-screen day that includes a mobile device, a production device, and a large sharing/editing screen (e.g., an interactive whiteboard).
Here are 10 current strategies for the BYOD classroom as the solution still continues to continues to grow because more and more teachers can attest to it being a way to open up access and improve learning for more students.
More schools are adopting bring-your-own-device initiatives, and the trend is expected to grow during the next five years, according to a survey conducted by the Software & Information Industry Association.
The infographic highlights findings from the mobile learning report, Living & Learning with Mobile Devices, released today from Grunwald & Associates and the Learning First Alliance. According to the report more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education.
I’m really surprised by the data collected in this survey (2,392 parents) which isn’t unfortunately broken down into age categories. Two items of note:
- 83% said their school does not require use of personal electronic devices and 72% said it was not allowed at all.
- Parents are concerned about theft of personal devices (81%), but 45% still plan to buy or have a personal mobile device purchased for their student. 32% of parents surveyed think schools should require this.
I have been traveling throughout Slovenia and Croatia for the past month training teachers in integrating Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) effectively with their classes. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach various classes of teens throughout the two countries to show teachers how BYOT works. For the days I was teaching the students, these schools lifted their policies and allowed the students to use their devices as a way of getting technology in the schools. The teachers wanted to see BYOT in action, especially with students who were never allowed to use their mobile devices or other technologies before for learning. BYOT was a great option because many of these students would not usually be able to learn with various technologies in schools if they didn’t bring them in.
Many of those who say BYOT doesn’t work argue that schools have to provide all students with equal technology. We can’t wait around for that. Students need to be able to use technology to problem solve and think critically.
Many also argue that it will harm students who cannot afford expensive technology. Kids aren’t blind. They already realize through clothing, tennis shoes, etc. they come from various economic backgrounds. We need to educate and have open discussions about these real world issues and not decide to block access.
I have worked in various economic situations worldwide with mobile devices and the students learn they can be creative, learning can be engaging, and their devices even if just a cellphone, digital camera or cheap tablet gives them limitless possibilities to learn daily.
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