Ed Tech Crew 187 - BYOD Part 2 - the Hangout!


I like Andrew's approach you need to be able to do xyz with your device. Imagine how engaged the kids would be in the device selection pros and cons budget considerations etc getting the most bang for their buck.

BYOD is never going to be a one size fits all. But it should never be ruled out as an option.

Thanks for moderating the second BYOD discussion Darrel and Tony, well done. It was interesting to note the interpretation of BYOD, which is were the waters get cloudy. Some people are referring to ‘BYO powerful D’ while others are referring to ‘BYO technological D’. The former is a systemic change, the latter is a classroom change. They are totally different in implementation and consequences.

BYOD in the long term is inevitable but it may not be named so bluntly. I believe that the BYOpersonalD will be driven by the distribution of textbooks with parents asked to contribute to the cost of computer hardware when they no longer have to purchase so many expensive textbooks (not that this will necessarily be the case totally as the publishers have now got their act together and are locking schools into online access). Nevertheless, up until now families have accepted the request to purchase a specific device. This is a limited phase, I believe. As parents see their students working and realise they would do better on another device e.g. iPad versus tablet versus PC, they will start to speak out. This is why we at schools need to have thought this matter through and be informing school executives.

No one size is going to fit all and I was interested to hear of the three stage model (I think Andrew Churches) -Yr 7 & 8 supplied with locked down device, Yr 9 &10 supplied with open device, Yr 11 & 12 family choice, which appears to be an extremely manageable model. It provides time for growth of knowledge, skills and confidence of all stakeholders. It provides time for all teachers to come on board by seeing the future within higher classes. It gives IT departments the time to trial and manage network access in real time. Students can gradually grow towards full responsibility and parents can become informed of the path ahead.

BYOtechnologicalD is a different situation totally. It is tied to the enthusiasm of the individual teacher who is prepared to utilise the technology in a student’s pocket. This is already happening in classrooms inside or outside school protocols. It is a growing trend that will continue to build as we realise that learning is not going to be about one device, it’s about the use of multiple devices according to suitability for the task. Students like using their mobile phones in the classroom and using them as learning devices is often a novel concept for these misnamed ‘digital natives’. This is what learning is about.

While we have personal opinions on the use of technology in education, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we’re working in an environment that has been slow to come on board but has had a boost in recent years with DER and similar funding, consequently changes are revving up. I was pleased to hear the discussion come back to pedagogy after a dangerously uninformed diversion onto school funding. It was good to hear the call to consider the struggling families who are in every system, many invisible. Overwhelmingly, the device must not dominate the learning and the model of learning device supply must be sustainable from every aspect, student, teacher, IT support, administration and family.

Thanks again for this informing discussion. Happy Christmas.

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