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Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Look no further.

Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Look no further.
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#BYOT Mobile Device Chart #BYOD Below, you will find a DRAFT of a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Mobile Device Chart to share with students, parents, and staff. What critical feedback, suggestions for improvement, do you have for me? One of my worries/fears is that such a chart may exclude devices that COULD be used for BYOT but that my imagination is too limited to envision...does that make sense? Here's the link to the "stretched-out" version...I notice the version below is compressed into a small space for the blog entry. Update: Looking for a GoogleDoc editable version you can borrow? This is it. BYOT Mobile Device ChartPlease note that mention of a device in this chart does not constitute a product endorsement; these are offered for informational and/or reference purposes only. The 5-Hornet rating is as follows: 5 hornets= BYOT Exceptional - mobile creativity, storage, and sharing device (e.g. Feel free to borrow, etc. under CC-NC-SA-Attribution

Digital citizenship reality check: Notes from Nairobi's IGF Asked how they’d rank “digital citizenship” on a scale of 1 to 10 – with 10 representing “very relevant and meaningful” – a youth panel from Egypt, the US, and UK ranging in age from 15 to 22 gave it a 1, two 3′s, a 5, a 6, and an 8. This was in a workshop yesterday involving young people and adults representing the Internet industry, governments, and nonprofit youth organizations from Egypt, New Zealand, the UK, and the US at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. The subject we were discussing was whether digital citizenship is relevant and meaningful to youth around the world, including developing countries. The British teen who gave it a 1 said it “sounds distant and abstract,” and people shouldn’t distinguish between citizenship and digital citizenship anyway. Aspects of digital citizenship Consensus a ways off Other highlights & takeaways Related links

BYOD: What We’re Learning Regular readers of this blog will know that our school has embraced BYOD approach to technology at school Although we have had a soft launch to thi s policy for the previous two years, this year marks the first year of our full implementation. Two months into the school year I thought it would be helpful to report out on some observations, challenges and successes. The Numbers We have seen an exponential growth of devices here at school. Sharing the Technology A teacher’s tech problem/issue doesn’t have to stall the lesson. Stability Required With more users relying on our WiFi and wired network, the need for a stable and consistent infrastructural has become more pronounced. Need to Support Creating, supporting and sustaining a technology rich environment requires technical support. Honesty & Integrity Academic Integrity is a priority. Any outlet will do Where’s the outlet? We are seeing more student devices plugged into outlets around the school. From under the desk to the desk top

Student Safety in the Age of Facebook Online Safety | In Print Student Safety in the Age of Facebook By Margo Pierce03/02/12 "If one life is saved, then it's worth it." That is the clichéd argument frequently used to justify banning electronic communications, websites, and other forms of technology in schools. But that argument can be turned on its head and also applied to unfettered access. In 2001, the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) tied funding for reduced-rate internet access for schools and libraries to a number of mandates. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are certainly riding strong waves of popularity at the moment, and already they have caused significant changes in the ways and means by which students and adults communicate with one another. "While social networking is the technology of the moment, it may not be the technology of the moment in two years or five years or a decade," says Keith R. "As long as there's been technology, the concern is, 'How are we protecting kids?'"

Five Ways Students Use Technology In The Classroom The term “technology” is vague. In the right context, an arrowhead on the edge of a spear is technology. How learners view technology is often very different than how educators see it–the former often seeing it in terms of social function, the latter in terms of logistics and teaching. Five Ways Students Use–And See! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Infographic attribution bachelorsdegreeonline; image attribution flickr user usnavalwarcollege The Innovative Educator tries to change the mind of an administrator who “thinks” he disagrees with my stance on friending students online When George Swain read my Tweet, “Told the mayor on his Facebook page, he was inappropriate for judging teachers who friend students he replied with this: georgeswain @InnovativeEdu Very interesting issue! I think I disagree with you. See my post to your blog. A thoughtful comment indeed. @George Swain, I’d like to know what you perceive as the dangers for an educator open to connecting with students in whichever environment they exist...online or offline. So, George, I’m dying to know.

Making BYOD Work in Schools – Three School Districts That Have Figured it Out Since I wrote the controversial post, “5 Reasons Why BYOD is a Bad Idea” over the summer, and received such strong push back the concerns I noted, I’ve been looking forward to learning about sharing ways in which schools have addressed some of these potential issues. This week, guest writer Caroline Ross introduces us to several schools that have tackled these challenges. In an effort to bring 21st century technology into the classroom despite continuous budget cuts, some school administrators have adopted district-wide “Bring your Own Device” (BYOD) initiatives and programs. Like the name suggests, BYOD programs allow students to bring their own tablets, smartphones, and laptops from home into the classroom for educational use. It seems like a lucrative idea, especially for schools that can’t afford to supply each student with a shiny new tablet or e-reader, but that doesn’t mean the concept hasn’t met its fair share of criticism. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post

Not Letting Teachers “Friend” & “Follow” Kids Online? Think Twice! Almost 70% of 18-34 year-olds expect 2012 presidential candidates to have a social media presence (Digitas, 2011). A 2008 study by Cone’s, Business in Social Media Study,revealed that 93% of social media users expect companies to have a social media presence, and 85% expect the businesses to interact with their clients via social media – it is safe to say that that percentage has increased in the past four years. Almost 60% of Fortune 500 companies maintain active corporate Facebook and/or Twitter accounts (Sociable360.com). Seventy percent of American colleges admit to factoring prospective students' Facebook profile into the college admissions process (Schools.com). What are we doing to prepare students to function in this landscape? On Facebook, we let people know we are there by “friending” them. Very often, students don’t want to be Facebook friends with teachers, parents, relatives and other adults. So yes. We are in the business of education.

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device / Welcome Bring Your Own Device to School Pilot The Joseph Sears School embraced a “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) pilot during the 2011-2012 school year. We are delighted to have the opportunity to open the pilot program to the entire Junior High this year. With this initiative, students are encouraged to bring personal learning devices to school such as: a mobile phone, an iPod Touch, an iPad, a netbook, a tablet, or a laptop.This exciting opportunity is designed to further enable, engage, and empower our Junior High students in their educational experience. In this pilot, we anticipate students will enhance their learning beyond the classroom and will have the opportunity to further engage their problem-solving, creativity, sharing and critical thinking skills. Lastly, students will be empowered to take more responsibility for their own productivity and learning; which will further prepare them for high school and beyond. Benefits and Outcomes of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to school: 1. 2. 3.

Creating Social Media Guidelines...The Handout Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. (You can read what we created here.) The goal of the document is to provide a means for anyone from a school or district to create an environment that allows for the use of social media for learning and communication. I have embedded the document below for download. What steps have you taken to create social media guidelines in your school or district?

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