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.
It’s #FF on Twitter - if you’re not following @ShellTerrell on twitter today is a great day to start; she’s an amazing resource!
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.
@ShellTerrell is an amazing person to follow on Twitter if you aren’t already.
Schools Set Boundaries for Use of Students’ Digital Devices
“We’re caught in this perfect storm between our human comfort level with the rate of change we’d prefer, and the high-speed rate of change that is being foisted on us by evolutions in technology,” says Lewis. “And this is only going to get increasingly difficult for us as these evolutions happen more and more swiftly.”
The article is largely about BYOD initiatives, and how a few schools have had issues keeping up their AUPs (Acceptable Use Policy) and problems with discipline. Overall, their 4 tips to BYOD policy are good:
- Clear rules
- Systematic rollout
- Coverage AND capacity
- Teach digital citizenship
photo via flickr:CC | UBC Library
“Earlier this week I was having dinner with some fellow educational technologists. The conversation took the inevitable turn to discussing 1:1 philosophy. 1:1 is most typically defined as the ratio of one student to one device where that device is provided by the school. During our discussion, the question was posed as “1:1, Chromebooks or iPads?” While I am a fan of both Chromebooks and iPads, I was troubled by this conversation. Not, of course, because I am opposed to the student use of technology, but because I am starting to realize that 1:1 is a parallel philosophy to “one size fits all.”
I’ve been saying this since 2008-09 - as you may know I’m a proponent of BYOD; because I believe in personal learning environments, I don’t think the school can dictate what the best learning device is across the board, and I continue to encourage confidence and competence with technology (not any specific device). Are their challenges with equity? YES. Can we overcome them? YES! Can we model the post-secondary and workplace environment? Absolutely.
- Smart use of tech (BYOD)
- Common Core
- Learning out of school (MOOCs)
So, y’know, more of the same.
It’s only 10am on Monday morning and you’re ready to ditch the IT field for a less frustrating career—like a lumberjack or a piranha dentist. Seriously. Aren’t you the one who’s supposed to be making the IT decisions around here? Isn’t it your job to provide employees with the technology they need to do their jobs while factoring in things like budgets and security? At least that’s how it used to be. Things are changing, and consumerization (BYOD) is blurring the lines between work and life by giving folks more influence and choice over how and where they work.
This is a great explanation of BYOD to the non-academic side of the house (or those IT folks that are vehemently against it).
Great questions, and there are more when you jump to the article:
- Have you visited a BYOD school or district?
- Are you already using Google or Zoho or some cloud solution?
- How will you define BYOD?
- How’s your network - is it ready for
- How will you address logistics?
- How’s your curriculum?
- How’s your digital citizenship education?
- How’s your communication channel with parents, students?
- How’s your budget?