CMS rolls out new technology plan. Teachers huddled around iPads last week, hoping that by the time school starts Aug. 27, they’ll be half as good at making digital movies as the Washam Elementary fifth-graders whose video report on Lewis and Clark they watched.
Digital learning could be the hottest trend in education for the coming school year. In September, almost 4,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will get classroom iPads, while about 20 schools will invite students and teachers to use their own tablets, phones and e-readers. The devices generate the buzz. But in schools around the Charlotte region, the real revolution is the way teachers are using technology to make lessons more creative, challenging, relevant and, yes, fun.
“It’s just absolutely crazy what technology can do in the classroom,” said Diane Adams, principal at Providence Spring Elementary in south Charlotte. “It is a very powerful learning strategy,” Adams added, “but we don’t do technology for the sake of technology.” Are textbooks obsolete? Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Look no further. BYOD Pilot Readying for Takeoff.
We are preparing to pilot a BYOD Program here at our High School.
It is our goal to facilitate the implementation of 1:1 access for our students. This should allow teachers and students to use technology on a full time basis, more ubiquitously, since they won’t have to rely on access to class sets netbooks or laptops, or access to a lab. It will make the use of technology more transparent and authentic. We hope that our current inventory of netbooks and laptops will meet the needs of students not bringing their own devices. Research has shown that one-to-one programs that bring technology into the classroom: increase student engagementcomplement project-based activitieshelp increase the quality and quantity of students’ writingpromote the interpersonal and teamwork skills required for collaborative workallow teachers to more easily monitor students’ mastery and application of skills and conceptslead to higher overall interaction with classroom material from students Like this:
Building an Effective School BYOD Plan. They’re Coming from the Cloud and They’re There to Help: The New Digital. Hall Davidson, Distinguished Lecturer and an amazing tech guru began his presentation by defining terms because they define us.
Early “stuff” existed in itself, like floppy disks, CD Roms, flashdrives, a wired network but then progress. Now we can deliver that same information because we have more devices that move around, wirelessly. Wi-Fi and mobile networks changed how we work, so we had to rethink our definition because we have THE CLOUD. Everything goes there now. Rethought complete–for now–as a vehicle for delivering resources, reacting to, and returning the information. Think about how Hollywood delivered content just 1 year ago, or how Walmart is advertising their ability to put your digital content in the cloud. Think about carrying your content in a backpack. As we move into the cloud, differentiation and individualization happens. Ever notice people watching their devices.
DE's Digital Techbook Discovery Education Techbooks are not just another ebook. Image Cite: Our BYOD Policy and Process. Our school is in the midst of piloting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with students.
I like the way we've done the pilot- we basically opened it up for students before creating an official policy. By doing this, we were able to see problems or issues come up naturally. Instead of trying to guess and overthink all the potential dangers, we just dove in and dealt with reality. If your school is moving in the BYOD direction, I highly recommend doing it this way. So our process has looked like this: Start school, give students the password to the wireless and allow them to access the network with their devices. So here is what we came up with- hopefully the process we went through and the policy itself can help steer you in your own directions with BYOD- feel free to use any ideas herein (and definitely check out the policies and ideas above): JN Fries Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Policy Technology plays a large role in our students’ lives.
General Info Guidelines for use (one or more may apply): One-to-One or BYOD? Districts Explain Thinking Behind Student Computing Initiatives. Edina Public Schools had concerns about the economic feasibility of one-to-one computing over the long term, so the nine-school Minnesota district is pursuing what it considers to be the next best alternative: allowing students to bring their own mobile devices to school.
Two years ago, Edina considered providing middle and high school students with notebook computers as part of a strategy to increase engagement, personalize learning, teach 21st century skills and take education beyond the classroom. After running a one-to-one pilot, the district shelved the idea when it became apparent that students preferred using their personal mobile devices and that the cost of buying and refreshing notebooks every three to four years would be prohibitive. (For more on the district's early one-to-one efforts, visit edtechmag.com/k12/Edina1to1.) "Right now, what's driving the BYOD movement is a clear move toward digital content as opposed to print content," Rust explains.
Steps to Implementation. Are You Ready for BYOD? Infrastructure | In Print Are You Ready for BYOD?
The do's and don'ts of beefing up your wireless network to handle the bring-your-own-device movement. When students and staff returned to school in the Jordan School District (UT) after the 2011 Christmas break, Ron Bird could see that the number of devices on the wireless network had jumped by several hundred compared to pre-vacation levels. "I figured that was just whatever Mom and Dad bought kids for Christmas," says Bird, the district's network and technical services manager. "That's how fast the demand for access is growing. " Nevertheless, Bird and his colleagues felt like they were prepared. Bird's experience in Jordan comes as no surprise to Philip Wegner, president of SecurEdge Networks in Charlotte, NC, which specializes in developing wireless networks for the K-12 sector. Many districts around the country face the same issues Jordan did as they launch their own BYOD initiatives. T.H.E. Advice for Parents of 1:1 Programs.
Anna left a comment on my blog post about 1:1 program with MS and HS students that reads: My son attends a school where MacBooks are required from grades 8-12, and students use many different assistive technology tools.
I believe that 1:1 is great as a learning TOOL, but because students have their laptops with them all the time, there is no “down” time when they have to use their own initiative to think, dream, plan, create w/o a screen. He gets up and will open the laptop before breakfast to play, he will play or noodle around with his iTunes in the car on the way to school, on the way home from school, and every other time that kids used to be unplugged. He is not creating, he is consuming. It is a huge fight in our household.What advice do you have for parents in dealing with this dark side-effect of a mandatory BYOL environment? By One Laptop per Child Here at ISB we do a couple of different things. We also run a set of 5 courses called the ISB Technology Certificate for Parents.