Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bring Your Own Device/Technology Roundup #BYOD #BYOTchat




Over the last few months, I've been exploring Bring Your Own Device/Technology (BYOD/BYOT) and I thought it might be fun to do a quick "roundup" of blog entries where I mention it.
At a time when shrinking school budgets mean that schools will never achieve one-to-one[See Tech Term, below], the resourceful approach involves asking kids to bring their home devices into schools,” wrote ed tech blogger Miguel Guhlin in September. Guhlin is a director of instructional technology services for an urban Texas school district. “As a parent of two children who have their own inexpensive netbooks … I know that these devices grant them MORE access to technology than what they have at school.” (As cited in ATPE's publication)
BYOD certainly puts equity in front of everyone. BYOD remains an imperfect solution if we define "equity" as providing everyone with the same device. If we define equity as the opportunity to raise the achievement level of all students, then isn't the expectation for students to use whatever technologies ARE available to narrow that achievement gap? 

For example, in a setting where students are expected to work in groups, rather than compete individually against each other: 
Ok, how many mobile phones do we have in the room? How many of you have a netbook? How many of you have an iPad? Let's divide these cooperative groups so that each group has at least one person with the device needed to communicate, facilitate collaboration, research, etc. 
If we wait for the perfect classroom where every child and teacher will have the exact same technology, we're not only striving for anunachievable ideal in poor, urban schools abandoned by politicians and white flight. We find ourselves also saying that the real world affords us this level of perfect access...and that's not true.


Here's the roundup of blog entries: 
  1. BYOD Criteria for Implementation Success - This covers a list of criteria culled from various BYOD articles. It has a personal and community-edition, the latter, which you can update.
  2. Continuum of Control - This has to be one of my favorite blog entries on the subject, probably because it deals with the leadership issues as well as the technical challenges of BYOD using iOS and other devices.
  3. BYOT/BYOD - Dealing with the Fallout - This has to be the most comprehensive blog entry I've put together on the subject and features the wisdom of multiple Texas school districts who have already jumped onto the BYOD bandwagon. It provides a list of questions that every organization considering BYOD has to work through and find its own answers to.
  4. BYOD with Hiram Cuevas - If we have questions about what to do to get ready for BYOD, then Hiram Cuevas does a nice job of trying to answer them!
  5. The Road from Banned to BYOD - Those two previous blog entries led to an interview by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) that was published in their publication. You can get a copy of the complete article online.
  6. BYOD and iPad Filtering SolutionsWhat kind of solutions does your school or organization use for BYOD Filtering? 
  7. BYOD Issues with Amazon Kindle - When you say BYOD, you're swinging the doors wide open to any and all devices. Are schools ready for this inclusive approach?
And, it's worth mentioning that a new hashtag--#BYOTchat-- for BYOT related conversations is now available. Stay tuned for future chats!







Image References
Infographics sources - http://www.layer7tech.com/blogs/index.php/bring-your-own-device-bring-it-on/


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