Sharo Dickerson on Facebook asked several people to respond to her questions about BYOD. Here are my responses to her:
(1) What do you think will it entail for a BYOD program to become successful in teaching and learning?
- There are several things in no particular order of importance:
- The teachers have to be trained to accept students bringing a wide variety of equipment into the classroom. This means that the burden of teaching HOW to use the equipment is no longer on the teacher but rather than the student.
- There must be accommodations made for students that do not have equipment, be it using BYOD in group or having equipment in class for students without.
- The students without must also have some kind of ability ot access tech outside of class.
- You have to be careful that students without are not left behind by those with.
- You have to make sure that your district has the infrastructure in place to handle the new devices.
- There has to be a paradigm shift away from locking everything down in the IT department.
- There has to be a system set up that protect the devices if they are on campus. Theft will be a problem unless this is addressed and there is nothing worse than a pissed off parent wondering why their $600 ipad was stolen.
(2) What do you think would make teachers use BYOD in classroom instruction? in student engagement?
- Training training training! There will have to be a shift in thinking because for years we have trained teachers to NOT allow these devices. Now all of a sudden it will be ok?
- We also need to move training away from device-specific type towards more of holistic training on what can be done with technology in general.
- We need to work on teaching students responsibility. If kids are allowed to bring their Smartphones with their own data plans, then what happens when Billy is using it to surf porn during lunch? He is not on our network, he is not using our device…things get dicey and gray. Do you take away his device and privileges?
- School districts will have to become device agnostic, which will be a big hairy deal for IT departments who will feel threatened.
- I would go slow and pilot at different schools first.
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