What advice would you give school personnel who may be considering a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) plan?
Tech & Learning posted an article about "The Top 10 Best Practices for BYOD." It stated the following:
Do you have items to add to this list? What are your concerns about a BYOD plan for your school?
Do you see BYOD as one solution to moving schools into the 21st century without pushing budget constraints?
This is a great article and gives some good ideas for incorporating BYOD into your classroom instruction. Thanks for sharing the website and article.
Project Tomorrow/Speak Up Survey 2011 posted the results of a survey concerning the availability of mobile devices for school use:
I thought these were interesting statistics. Are there any figures that surprise you?
As a substitute teacher in the schools, only the last statisic 78% of students with smart phones said using their own devices would make it easier to use technology for school work surprises me. For the students that concentrate and work I think that they would be easier. Unfortunately, it would be easier for those who don't work to fool around and mess up others work by calling or texting them.
I understand your concern about the statistical data. It does seem that for students who may be distracted by mobile devices, they could potentially be off task and not complete the lesson requirements.
I've enjoyed reading another discussion on the topic of BYOD located in the Learning Math group. I recommend checking out What tools do you use to create a BYOD environment? Katrina Allen has posted some good resources along with attachments to use in a classroom setting that promote BYOD.
When you consider the following initiatives:
1:1 computer initiatives
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs
Online assisted learning
according to T.H.E Journal, "All of these programs have three things in common: they are trending among the K-12 sector; they all rely heavily on new technologies; and all of them present new security threats for district IT departments."
How do schools and districts ensure the security of their infrastructure while fulfilling the needs of new learning initiatives?
T.H.E. Journal interviews thought leaders from two schools and one vendor in, "Educational Leaders on...Supporting Safe and Effective Digital Learning" to gain insight into this growing dilemma.
Read through their answers to such questions as:
Download the free version here: Educational Leaders on...Supporting Safe and Effective Digital Learning
Check out the article on BYOD included in the November/December 2012 issue of eSchool News--
How to make BYOD work for your schools. Several ed-tech directors share their strategies for meeting challenges such as access and security.
Unfortunately, so many school districts still think that it's better to prohibit BYOD than to face the challenges of monitoring devices brought from outside the classroom. We have a really good discussion in the Community that references resources that may give you ideas about convincing your school to allow devices from home. See Has your school moved from limiting use to limiting abuse?
Please let us know if some of the suggestions in that discussion will help you get started with BYOD.
Parents need to be informed of suggested technology to purchase. Many may not realize that a $99 tablet will not play well with the various school resources that are available. However, it may be the only affordable choice. Teachers need to be aware of the limitations some of the devices have and adjust assignments accordingly. For example, a switch in vocabulary would be helpful. Many use the term "powerpoint" in place of the word presentation. Kids go home, tell their parents they have to use PowerPoint for homework. The parent can't afford to purchase Microsoft Office, and everyone has gotten along fine without it, until now. If the teacher said they needed to create a presentation for the class using PowerPoint, Google Drive Presentations, Prezi and so forth, this would help families, since there are free options available.