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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
Trustees Recently we presented an in-service to the Board of Education on The Digital Foundations of Teaching and Learning: Preparing for a Future that is Here Today. An abbreviated slideshare is included below. We also showed some fabulous video clips but we will save those for another post. The presentation was anchored in a metaphor and image of fire. “Technology IS just a tool, like a stick. In Surrey, we are using technology to TRANSFORM teaching and learning. We identified the Shifts that are Impacting Education globally, some of which include: 1. These trends are shaping the transformation of how we teach and how students learn. The BC Ministry of Education describes it as “Learning Empowered by Technology.” The wise use of technology for learning was endorsed in a research paper that examined high performing districts across Canada. So how are we doing that as a district? Here are some of the fire starters we have initiated in the district:
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
Teacher-Librarians My staff describe it as a “year of wonder.” Sometimes we call it a tsunami and just want to ride the wave without crashing. Other times we refer to it as a fire beginning to flame across the district. We consider it as seeding pockets of innovation we want to take root and spread organically as connected and rooted networks. Innovative Learning Designs (Phase 1)A year ago we announced the 18 schools that were awarded grants as part of the Innovative Learning Designs schools (ILD), Phase 1. The Engaging the Digital Learner SeriesWe realized that as educators we needed to find a way to engage our learners. The Digital Discovery Series This series ran parallel to the one above. Cadres of Digital ChampionsWe created Cadres of Digital Champions (a team of three educators at every school). Core Digital Coaches From the above group, we asked for volunteers that wanted to become a core team of Digital Coaches to provide support to their larger group. How have others viewed these initiatives?
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 Personalize Learning 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
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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.