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Building an Effective School BYOD Plan

Building an Effective School BYOD Plan

20 BYOD Resources For The 21st Century Schools by Hope Mulholland, TeachThought Intern BYOD policies–Bring Your Own Device–allow schools to bring technology into the classroom with a “bottom-up” approach. Such an approach can save money, allow students to use their own devices, and encourage a student-centered approach to learning. Recently we explained that “digital natives or not, technology dropped into the laps of students in schools isn’t always as accessible as it might be. By allowing students to bring in their own devices for learning–rather than insisting that they learn both content and device in school–there is an important opportunity to connect with not just their personal lives, but their natural way of doing things.” Below is a list of 20 resources to help you get started with BYOD in your school or classroom. Articles about BYOD 1. 2. 3. 4. 7 Tips for Establishing a Successful BYOD Policy – 5. 6. 7. 8. 10 Reasons To Consider BYOD In Education – This TeachThought article looks at 10 of the most common benefits of BYOD.

Bring your own technology If ever there was an idea whose time has come, it is surely Bring Your Own Device or, to be less restrictive, Bring Your Own Technology. There are at least two comp0elling reasons for this. Girl with her phoneFrom a financial point of view, if students are allowed to bring their own technology it should save the school money. A cynical view would be that the school is shifting the expense from itself to its parents. But a narrow cynical view doesn't tell the whole story. Another benefit is teacher and student satisfaction. There are other potential benefits too, such as being able to achieve a one-to-one computer-pupil ratio more cheaply, quickly and easily than by purchasing lots of devices for students to use. There are downsides too, of course. Have any of you made any moves on the implementation of a ‘bring your own technology’ (BYOT) – or what is also referred to as a BYO/BYOC/BYOD or student owned devices - model or are in the throes of contemplating such an introduction?

20 BYOT Resources By Category Whether you call it BYOT or BYOD (technology vs device), it’s clear that as people become more attached to their mobile devices and as mobile devices become more customized and an extension of their owners, more schools and employers are permitting and even encouraging students and employees to bring their own devices to work. Devices may include laptops, tablets, smartphones and more. As a result, many educators are scrambling to get a handle on the issues surrounding the “bring your own device” trend. Resources abound on this topic, and some are offered below. General Overview, Best Practices Bring Your Own Devices Best Practices Guide: A Practical Guide for Implementing BYOD Programs at Your Organization This 16-page white paper, provided by Good Technology, offers dozens of questions to consider for organizations considering a BYOD program along with real best practices case studies. YouTube video, Best Practices for Implementing a Bring Your Own Device Program Security Case Studies

First 5 Lessons Learned In Our First Year Of BYOT | BYOT or Bring Your Own Technology is off to a rousing start in our District and at the high school where I serve as a Campus Technology Integration Specialist. As the year winds to an end, I thought I would share some of the first lessons that were learned. You should know that our high school is large with over 160 teachers and 2500 students. If you are beginning or about to begin your own BYOT/BYOD push, this may provide something to help in your process. Lesson 1 - Get administration on board! These folks are critical. Lesson 2 – Do Your Homework! Take some time and find out what’s already known about BYOT/BYOD! Lesson 3 – Form a campus BYOT Cadre! Invite faculty and staff from your campus to join the BYOT Cadre and build ownership in the process. Lesson 4 – Build a carefully considered BYOT Acceptable Use Policy! All stakeholders benefit from the creation of a well-designed BYOT/BYOD Acceptable Use Policy. Lesson 5 – Squash the idea that BYOT is ONLY project-based!

How to Make Your BYOD Program Successful A “bring your own device” (BYOD) initiative isn’t a panacea. Kari Rhame Murphy, chief technology officer for the Deer Park (Texas) Independent School District, says her district’s transition to BYOD was surprisingly easy, but only because she and her team spent nearly two years planning for it. To help ensure success, school leaders should consider some of the following best practices. Seek buy-in. At present, most schools ban personal devices. Therefore, getting stakeholders to reverse course and welcome them into the learning environment can be difficult. Explain the network and security safeguards, detail the financial and pedagogical benefits that BYOD-friendly schools have experienced, and show the concept in action by taking stakeholders to visit these early adopters. Rich Kaestner, a project director for the Consortium for School Networking, advises starting slowly. Develop a “Responsible Use” policy. Train your teachers. Educate parents. Facilitate, but don’t support.

Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources Ebook Web 2.0 Resources for BYOT Programs | A Teacher's Coda As my school district prepares to implement BYOT in the 2012-2013 school, I have collected Web 2.0 tools that students and faculty (grades 7-12) could use. Because of the sheer number of apps for mobile devices, I have not included any apps. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Leave a comment with your recommendations! Thank you!! Agriculture: “10 Best Mobile Agriculture Apps For 2012″ Art: Audio: Audacity (Audio editor and recorder)Cepstral Text to SpeechVocaroo (Online voice recording) Blogging: Business: Cloud Storage: Collaboration Tools: Collections of Resources: Communications: (Many uses communications, polling…) NEWCreateDebateGoSaopBoxGroupMe (Send one text message to a group)Make Beliefs Comic (Create a comic strip)Remind 101 (Send mass text messages to students)SkypeTodaysMeet (Create a temporary site to promote discussion)Voki (Create speaking Avatars) Flash Cards: Foreign Language: General Information on Education and Educational Technology: TED-Ed Lessons History: Music:

What You Need to Know About BYOD Few topics are generating more buzz in K–12 planning meetings this spring than the “bring your own device” movement. Teachers and administrators hunger to unleash the educational potential of mobile computing in their classrooms. But shrinking budgets and hard financial choices have kept schools from making the kinds of wholesale investments needed to put a device in the hands of every student. That reality, though not ideal, has forced educators to consider another possibility: Why not let students use devices they already own as learning tools? But there’s a catch: Allowing students to bring their own mobile hardware into classrooms creates a potential nightmare for IT administrators. Not sure which way to go? Six Steps to BYOD Success.More than 900 middle and high school students in Edina, Minn., bring their own personal devices to school. Want to Learn More? Thursday, May 3, at 2 p.m. What They’re Saying Check out these videos of K–12 experts discussing the benefits of BYOD.

Report: Parents See Benefit of Mobile Tech, Want Schools To Take Better Advantage Research | News Report: Parents See Benefit of Mobile Tech, Want Schools To Take Better Advantage A new survey from the Learning First Alliance and Grunwald Associates suggests that parents of young children, girls, and students who are required to use portable or mobile devices in school are more likely to see the educational potential of such devices. The report, "Living and Learning with Mobile Devices: What Parents Think About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning," is based on a survey of parents with children aged three to 18 about their attitudes regarding portable and mobile devices as they relate to a range of learning benefits. For the purposes of the survey, mobile devices were defined as "wireless handheld devices that use Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G to connect to the Internet, many of which use an operating system such as iOS, Windows, or Android, and can run various types of apps."

Teachers Quick Guide to BYOD BYOD is the catch phrase in the 2012 educational technology spheres. This acronym stands for " Bring Your Own Device ", I am pretty sure you might have heard of this new trend because wherever you turn you hear people talking about embracing it.We have already written a detailed guide on everything teachers need to know about BYOD but today we came across this awesome infographic in Cool infographics that sheds more light on this new trend. Have a look at it and share with us your suggestions.