A Bring Your Own Device strategy for increasing the amount of technology used in schools will be unique to your school community, therefore schools will need to have their own BYOD policy and...
BYOD: When Students Own Wearable Devices and Agendas are Unmanageable
The chart from the website Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) is helpful in that it provides a big-picture view of the technology-savvy classroom trend, a means for dialogue and a framework for implementing school-based policies. However, the best education leadership comes from those who are not shortsighted and easily swayed by bandwagon politics and social media trends.
BYOD presents technical, security, managerial and teaching challenges, but the most important of all is learning value especially in an age when measurable skills for workplace readiness is (or should be) the endgame. Furthermore, there is a great deal of energy directed at the devices themselves when soon laptops will be eyetops or eartops and no longer located where teachers can keep on-task behavior mediated.
The point is that soon the device itself will no longer matter as much as which corporation manages the school’s cloud (see http://sco.lt/9CW4GX for more on the five biggest companies), which school-wide applications will be implemented and how technology is used to maximize those aspects of teaching that matter most. Whatever educators invest time, funds and energy in must afford on-the-spot measurable learning, curriculum-rich content, authentic collaborative/reciprocal group learning, engaging lessons aligned with the standards-du-jour.
With so much money being lost when teachers leave the profession within five years (Darling-Hammond & Ducommun, 2013) and more in low-income areas, schools cannot afford to add more to instructor’s already burgeoning agendas. While making the classroom attractive to retain students after their 16th-year is both necessary and laudable, school leaders must guarantee the learning value is warranted and that the basics are implemented effectively in all classrooms. With every new idea and every trend must come an expert who knows how to balance use and operation within a very slim American school year.
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