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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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Couldn’t have said it better than Jill Hobson, the director of instructional technology for the 39,000-student Forsyth County schools. (they adopted BYOT/BYOD) From Edweek: Districts Place High Priority on 1-to-1 Computing
"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
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.
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games, and runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops (iOS and Android).
Socrative is free, easy to setup, and works well with existing BYOD environments!
We cannot get where we need to go, if we as educators do not model these skills and we cannot model these skills if we do not provide learning environments where staff and students have access to digital resources that allow them to experiment and discover the power of being a connected learner. We are at a point where we have to consider whether or not those who are learning in “disconnected” environments can be called literate by today’s standards.
So as you are thinking about whether or not a BYOT or one-to-one initiative is right for your school, you need to ask yourself the following question: Is it important that students in our school are literate?
- BYOD isn’t just a policy change
- Technology is a distraction. How are you doing to get beyond that?
- Greater freedom works with an environment that rewards experimentation (and failure!)
- Teachers need to be involved in process
Key components of a successful BYOT initiative include the following:
- Begin to change the way students view their devices by changing the language when they are referenced. Students need to fully understand that they are tools for learning. Make consistent efforts to refer to them as mobile learning devices.
- When in the classroom, the teacher must ensure that there is a specific learning outcome connected to the device.
- Ensuring equity is important, and we must be cognizant of those students who might not own a device. Determining those that do not in a confidential manner is very important. If using mobile phones, teachers can easily pair students up.
- A BYOT initiative can actually supplement what a school already has in terms of technology and increase access. For example, a school with a laptop cart but only 20 devices for 25 students in the class could utilize student-owned technology to close this gap.
- Develop appropriate support structures that align with current acceptable-use policies.
- Provide professional development and resources to teachers so that they can successfully implement mobile learning devices.
- Treat students like 21st century adolescents. Many of them own and use these devices outside of school. If we can focus use on learning, then why would we not allow them to bring these tools and use in school?
- Deal with unacceptable use based on the school discipline code. This should not be considered different than any other infraction. Off-task behavior in the classroom is most likely the result of a poorly planned lesson or ineffective classroom-management techniques.
- Promote use of student-owned devices for learning during non-instructional time. At NMHS, one can routinely see students using devices during lunch to conduct research for projects, complete homework assignments and organize their responsibilities. Additionally, we have seen a dramatic reduction in behavior issues.