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Why It's Time To Start BYOD In Your School

Why It's Time To Start BYOD In Your School
I remember fondly, my time as a young and plucky probationary teacher. Exploring the realities of classroom practice and experimenting with new pedagogy. I recall quite clearly the time when my first classroom was equipped with a single desktop computer. Today, it is equipped with 30 desktop computers, a projector, an interactive whiteboard, a visualiser, an A3 colour printer, a laser printer and even a 3D Printer. The Gradual Shift Yet, one could argue that somewhere on this journey, my pedagogy has lost focus and that there remains disconnect between my ambition for interactive learning through technology and the realities of my practice. Let’s explore this concept… From the teacher perspective, the learning environment could be seen as technology-rich, including the integration of teaching aides; an arsenal of technology placed at the teacher’s disposal. The flipped perspective, from the student’s point of view can be very different. Why BYOD? Next Generation Of Learning

AVAN / BYOD : savoir poser les bonnes questions (Photo personnelle, Expo DS11, Bouctouche NB, juin 2012) Le concept AVAN (BYOD), où l’accès à Internet au moyen de son appareil numérique est possible au sein d’un établissement d’éducation, occupe une place grandissante dans les discussions et les initiatives à caractère technopédagogique. On peut maintenant concevoir des réseaux sans fil, ouverts et néanmoins sécurisés où les intervenants dans un milieu éducatif (élèves, personnel, partenaires) font usage judicieux des outils en ligne et autres fonctionnalités du web. Pourtant, deux ans passées à peine, le discours dominant venant des administrateurs scolaires en étant un de blocage, parfois teinté du spectre du « méchant web » pouvant écorcher vives les pauvres brebis errantes dans le web ouvert. De voir un tel virage dans l’opinion grandissante des éducateurs (même s’il reste encore des opposants farouches) est un signe sain de petits pas menant vers une transformation de l’école telle qu’on la connaît depuis fort trop longtemps.

Donald Clark Plan B: BYOD: 7 reasons to leave them to their own devices BYOD isn’t a recommendation, it’s a realty. Everyone’s bought one and everyone uses one and everyone carries it around with them. When we organise a meeting or conference, we don’t send people an email telling them what device to bring, neither do we buy or lease a whole load of computers and hand them out. In our Universities few want to revive those expensive projects where every student was given a laptop or iPad. In business, BYOD is big business. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) v BEND (Buy Everyone a New Device) Paul Hynes of the George Spencer Academy in Nottingham operates a BYOD policy that gives access to free, filtered web access (no passwords). 1. The big BYOD advantage is cost, the total cost of BEND in terms of purchase, leasing, insurance, maintenance and sustainability. 2. Why would you want to take a punt on untried technology that will bring fiscal, technical, insurance and pedagogic restraints, when much of the kit has already been bought and is in the hands of learners?

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology A common question that we hear from teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms is, “how do I know if I’m doing it right?” We love to hear this question because that tells us that the teacher is starting to analyze and evaluate how they are integrating technology and are looking for a way to gauge their effectiveness. We feel that the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) best addresses the question of “doing it right.” According to the Arizona K-12 Center at Northern Arizona University , “the TIM is designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.” There is more than one version of the TIM but the one that we most commonly refer to with our staff was produced by the Arizona K12 Center at NAU. What is The Technology Integration Matrix? Download PDF of the Technology Integration Matrix

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Schools - Considerations | Colour My Learning Many schools are looking to implement Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to give students and staff access to personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones in classrooms. As technology becomes more and more affordable, students will undoubtedly have access to internet enabled devices at home for learning. However, due to schools budget constraints, the same cannot be said when they are in school. This causes a disparity in how they access information. So how do we address this inconsistency? Technology never stands still and it is becoming increasingly hard for schools to keep up, especially on a limited budget. So, what would a school need to consider when implementing BYOD? Planning Stage The planning stage for a scheme such as BYOD is especially key in ensuring the agreement and support of all parties involved. Communication: Start conversations with all stake holders; governors, parents, teachers, students and identify the strengths and weaknesses of BYOD. Final Thoughts

How To Choose The Best Mobile Device For Your School Last week, even by my standards, was an EdTech overload. I spent a day at BETT 2013 and followed this up with a visit to The Brewery in London for the Apple Education Leaders Summit. Aside from the fact that they were both free, the two events could not have been more different. One was chaotic, overwhelming in its size, underwhelming in its ability to inspire and poorly lit, the other was cool, calm, slick and intelligently indoctrinating. It doesn’t take a genius to work out which was which. For all it’s faults, BETT was one of the better exhibitions I’ve seen at the Excel centre and it does give you a quick snapshot of what is out there right now. Which Device Fits The Needs Of My School? Is this the question people ask though? It’s important to be as clear about your needs as possible before you go to an event like BETT because it’s so easy to be jollied along by a good salesman, or turned off by a bad one. How Apple Approaches This Question There are a lot of different ‘why?’

14 Edtech Integration Tips & 20+ Resources for the School Year 4th post in a new series: PLN Tips 4 Teachers and Goal 17: Integrate Technology Effectively of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates I have been integrating technology with students since 1997. I remember some of the first technologies I used with students were a TV/VCR, cassette recorders, cameras, polaroids, large video cameras, large desktop computers, microscopes, telescopes, the Internet, a transparency projector, and a video projector. Maybe you’re new to integrating technology or just need a few pointers. More Tips & 20+ Resources Beyond the first tip of connecting online and learning from other educators, I offer the following tips from my PLN, which are in no particular order: Tip: Assess if you need to use the technology. Tip: Have a back-up plan in case the Internet doesn’t work. Tip: Get ideas from other teachers. Tip: Have fun with it!

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested. Formative Assessment Socrative: My all-time favorite app for formative assessment runs on everything. Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class If you're going to share and interact with your students in the electronic and physical spaces (as you should), you must learn how to screencast. Screencastomatic: This is my go-to app. Content-Sharing Platforms Your school is bricks and clicks. Sophia: Nudged along by my friend Todd Nesloney, I use Sophia for my computer applications instruction and am very pleased with the results.Haiku Learning: This is the full content management system that I'm trying to get our school to adopt. There are many other apps like Moodle, Canvas, and Coursesites. Expression

4 Big Concerns About BYOD In Schools The concept of “bring your own device” has been seriously considered by many school districts. Reducing costs to school districts is one of the most prominent points to the BYOD system. Millions of dollars are spent across the United States in order to update classrooms, labs, and staff development rooms every year. By implementing a BYOD policy, this money can be spent towards other improvements and educational needs. See Also: Why It’s Time To Start BYOD In Your School However, there are a few snags that can get in the way of implementing such a drastic change for a school district. 1. Protecting the students and the equipment of a school-wide network can be a daunting task at times. Attempted access to administration files and email could also pose a threat from devices brought in from outside the school. 2. Keeping our children safe from questionable elements of the Internet is why districts invest in filters and firewalls. 3. 4.