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Interesting perspective. Is it because we think the child cannot be trusted with an electronic device, even though they are probably carrying a smartphone?
I think this is a very good illustration about how far we have come and why schools need to embrace the consumer technology. Whoever made this, nicely done. Props.
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?
(2) What do you think would make teachers use BYOD in classroom instruction? in student engagement?
Here are some references:
I wonder how many times we say “You Can’t Do That” to kids when they come back to school each year? No NO NO no NO No NO NO no NO! I saw this on a wall at one of my district high schools a couple of days back. Preparing our students for the real world? I wonder if the campus administration would be able to follow that same policy if it applied to them?
BYOD? Not at this campus.
If you need to explain BYOD to someone, this is a good intro.
One of the tenents of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement in schools is that it is a “real world” example; that in the real world outside of school, there is a variety of devices used and that kids need to be able to adapt and adjust to that shifting environment.
I wonder however, how “real world” that actually is? For instance, in schools, there is a tendency to standardize around a device: Smart for instance for IWB, PCs for Desktop devices, iPads for tablets and so on. The proponents of BYOD would say that that is not a real situation, that indeed, the world is turning to allowing people to bring their own devices to work, and there is some evidence of that not only in business but in education. Moreover, proponents throw out a quasi-moral argument, that people should be allowed the freedom to BYOT because it is “right” and “just” and who are we as educators to limit students to a single platform. I agree somewhat with that argument, but I don’t agree that BYOT is But the main push, I think in BYOD is economical, and not driven by some higher calling. Schools cannot afford to buy everyone everything.
So we are left with a hodgepodge of devices on a hodgepodge of networks. But that is not “real world” as the proponents would like us to think.
Consider this question: Think of the last time you went to a business and saw people working on their PERSONAL devices (okay, the teenager texting at the grocery store instead of bagging your groceries doesn’t count).
Let’s start low and go high shall we?
McDonald’s doesn’t allow employees to use personal devices to ring up sales. All the devices are standardized.
Your bank, airline, medical practice, dental practice, DMV office, public library, hell, every place you can think of is standardized on a non-BYOD model.
So, when we say we are staring BYOD initiatives, let us be honest and say we are doing it to save money. If we say we are doing it for some magnanimous reason, we are lying.
It is all about the Benjamins.