At the start of this year, the President Barack Obama administration made a New Year’s resolution for schools nationwide. It urged them to drop the “zero tolerance” approach to discipline, joining a growing chorus of critics of policies that dispense serious punishments for small rule violations. The essence of zero tolerance is that normal but undesirable behavior counts as a strike against students. But the potential end of zero tolerance is also great news for a surprising part of society: the tech sector.
BYOD policies–Bring Your Own Device–allow schools to bring technology into the classroom with a “bottom-up” approach. Such an approach can save money, allow students to use their own devices, and encourage a student-centered approach to learning.
Very interesting data here about how teens are using connected devices at home (but we know that also means "at school") and how parenting (and teaching) has adjusted to these habits. Check out the "Related Links."
Don't assume that the kid with the cell phone in their hand is "just texting" or "just playing a game": Pew Internet research reports that more and more, kids use their phone to access the web--and, along with its many distractions, the information and learning tools that are available online.
Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
In this blog post DeWitt offers suggestions and guiding questions for implementing BYOD policies. He asserts that BYOD will soon become the norm and that it should be:
"We have come to a time when we need to accept the fact that the concept of 21st century skills is no longer a progressive phase to latch onto but a reality that we need to instill into our school systems. When students bring their own devices it literally transforms the conversations that take place in the classroom. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work for schools to be prepared for this to happen and that cannot be taken lightly."
This study examined mobile phone use in the classroom by using an experimental design to study how message content (related or unrelated to class lecture) and message creation (responding to or creating a message) impact student learning. Participants in eight experimental groups and a control group watched a video lecture, took notes, and completed tests of student learning. The control and relevant message groups earned a 10–17% higher letter grade, scored 70% higher on recalling information, and scored 50% higher on note-taking than students who composed tweets or responded to irrelevant messages. Sending/receiving messages unrelated to class content negatively impacted learning and note-taking, while related messages did not appear to have a significant negative impact.
“Device Agnostic” tools can alleviate the stress that is associated with student performance tasks in a BYOD.
“A device-agnostic mobile application (app), for example, is compatible with most operating systems and may also work on different types of devices, including notebooks, tablet PCs and smartphones.” – Margaret Rouse
Bring Your Own Technology policies (aka Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD), are often adopted by school districts as a way to save money--but AJ Juliani argues that it is a fundamentally inequitable solution.
With an increasing number of social networks and technologies commanding more and more of our students' time and attention, are we too far gone to successfully integrate smartphones and mobile technologies into classroom learning?
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