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
The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom A colleague of mine in the department of computer science at Dartmouth recently sent an e-mail to all of us on the faculty. The subject line read: “Ban computers in the classroom?” The note that followed was one sentence long: “I finally saw the light today and propose we ban the use of laptops in class.” While the sentiment in my colleague’s e-mail was familiar, the source was surprising: it came from someone teaching a programming class, where computers are absolutely integral to learning and teaching. Surprise turned to something approaching shock when, in successive e-mails, I saw that his opinion was shared by many others in the department. My friend’s epiphany came after he looked up from his lectern and saw, yet again, an audience of laptop covers, the flip sides of which were engaged in online shopping or social-media obligations rather than in the working out of programming examples. I banned laptops in the classroom after it became common practice to carry them to school.
Worth 1,000 Words: Finding Designing Visuals for Your Project An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message. The message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, hashtag, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. Infopics are often created on a smartphone or tablet because it’s easy to snap a photo and use a combination of apps to edit, enhance, transform, and annotate the picture. The Pic Collage app for iOS and Android is a very popular app for making infopics. Break You Own News! Another great app for iOS, Windows, Mac, Android, and Fire is Skitch.
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.
BYOD Is Shortest Path To Student-Centered Learning By its very nature, BYOD is authentic. As students bring their own devices—and with them, their own apps, accounts, and tech-use patterns—what is is naturally revealed, for better or for worse. With the mounting (and completely logical) demand for better technology in classrooms, BYOD is one response to that pressure. BYOD gives students a chance. The Thinking Behind BYOD “Digital natives” or not, technology dropped into the laps of students in schools isn’t always as accessible as it might be. BYOD provides students not just with a device, but apps–and thus pathways–to solve problems. Unfamiliar software. Unfamiliar hardware. While the best teachers mitigate this ahead of time by supplying log-ins, double-checking passwords, pairing students, offering screenshots, modeling the process on a projector, this is a tremendous waste of what many districts call “instructional time,” and what students call “school.” BYOD, on paper, solves a significant part of this issue. They trained teachers.
Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey This framework is something that I've shared with district technology directors and coaches. If you're curious about having me meet with your team, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post. So AJ Juliani and I have started a new Classroom Questions series on rethinking professional development. We have a ton of new episodes that we're going to release all at once this week. A few years ago, I was a technology coach and I noticed a trend. I don't believe that this is a lockstep process. A Holistic Approach Too often, districts view professional development as the transfer of skills. The Eight Stages Final Thoughts While every teacher goes through different stages in different ways, the biggest take home for me has been to remember that professional development should not be one-size-fits-all.
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
6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom A few years ago, I decided to incorporate mobile devices into my lesson plans. While the content still remains the focus of my teaching, I think technology can enhance learning at every point in a lesson. As an early BYOD ("Bring Your Own Device") adopter in my school, I have seen increased learning outcomes and test scores, not to mention that my students are now more engaged in learning activities. The current generation of students has grown up with technology and want to use it in every aspect of their daily lives — including school. They have an expectation that the same technology they use at home will be available at school too. They keep their beloved mobile devices on them at all times, and are not just using them to communicate with friends or download music. Student participation increases. Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox.
Curation Tools Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive. One dictionary definesa "curator" as someone in charge of a museum or library! So in that sense, librarians have always been curators. Today much of the information our students need and use is digital: websites, blogs, wikis, tweets, videos,podcasts, images, ebooks, databases, slideshows, graphics, reports, articles, illustrations, clipart and moreis found online and/or in digital form and accessed through our computers, on our smartphones or other mobile devices.. generate information and resources far beyond the walls of the school library media center. so it follows that we would want to find ways to curate information in digital form and help teachers and students learn to do the same. An Overview of Curation Tools with Lisa Johnson (TechChef4U) and Carolyn Foote (@technolibrarian) 6/5/15 For more
Express 10.17 - Six Ways to Drive a Successful BYOD Initiative Six Ways to Drive a Successful BYOD Initiative Eric Sheninger Let's face it—the various devices that our students use daily are an important part of their lives. Instead of viewing smartphones, tablets, or other technology as a distraction on campus, how can we use these technological tools to provide real learning opportunities during the school day? The overall goal of any BYOD initiative should be to support and enhance student learning. Before rushing into a BYOD initiative, however, you need to make sure that all students have equal access to mobile devices. Taking full advantage of mobile learning technology requires careful planning. Infrastructure. By focusing on these key drivers, any school or district can successfully implement a BYOD initiative. ASCD Express, Vol. 10, No. 17.