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.
Internet Safety for Kids (Grades K-12) Growing Up in the Information Age With the use of Internet becoming more and more integral to education and our daily lives, I wonder at how it has grown into this wonderful yet possibly grotesque beast that very few of us at this point can live without. Our kids and students can be plugged into the world community at the touch of an onscreen icon - at home, at play, and at school. They use internet technology daily text-messaging, on Facebook, blogging, Twittering, watching videos, gaming, and even doing research for school. Have you ever stopped to think what happens in an internet minute - or how the digital world has literally taken off? Let me iterate a few choice data points (in case this image is hard to read). HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR KIDS/STUDENTS SAFE? Go online together and share safety tips: Just as you would not go into a stranger's car, don't let them venture alone onto unknown websites. Here is a link that introduces these three programs: Resources you can download:
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!
Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education I think it's fair to say that Twitter can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad. Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in. While some people certainly do tweet about what they're having for breakfast, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations use Twitter in a whole different way -- making smart use of those 140 characters to share resources, wisdom, and inspiration. With the wealth of information out there, you have to cut through the noise a little to figure out how it will work best for you. PLN-building?
7 Ways To Sabotage Your Device Initiative Do you ever think an idea is just terrible, but you are forced to do it? Like this whole trend in education with all these devices being brought into schools, or in some cases, even purchased by the schools. As absurd as this may sound, it’s happening people, and it’s high time we take a stand and stop this madness. 1. Technology changes by the milli-second, so there is a sense of urgency to go from pilot to full-fledged implementation overnight. 2. A leader trying to make a splash in student learning doesn’t have time to get buy-in from everyone. 3. Everyone always says these devices are for instruction, but let’s be honest – the people who should choose them are the people with the least amount of instructional background. 4. Parents aren’t in the classroom, and they should really just trust what you are doing. 5. Heck, we’ve all heard how “magical” these devices supposedly are. 6. Dr. 7. There you have it! And it better have bunnies on it….
Free World U, A Free Online pre K-12 Program BYOD Pilot Readying for Takeoff | Fusion Finds 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:
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