A couple of notes on your ideas, first, the Nexus 7 16gb is $200.00 through the Google Play store, although they are sold out at the moment.
Second, I heard recently that the new business standard is BYO3: laptop + tablet + smart phone--all synched. Should we be looking at this as the standard for integrating school purchases and BYOD?
We're actively using cloud-based apps that maximize smart phone use in my dual-credit English course. The kids have jumped in with very little learning curve.
Thanks for the pricing adjustment, however, I factored in the cost of the Nexus 7 16GB through CDW-G, a local vendor here in Texas. That's why there is a cost difference since that was the price quoted to me.
Second, BYO3 is a scary proposition for schools. Consider the stats below:
Schools in the U.S. will need broadband speeds of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff members by the 2014-15 school year in order to meet a growing demand for Web-based instruction and a skyrocketing number of student-owned Web devices, according to a new report by a trade group representing state education agencies.
The report, The Broadband Imperative, recommends schools increase their broadband speeds to 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-18. Internal WANs connecting schools within districts should be 1 Gbps by 2014-15 and 10 Gbps by 2017-18, said the report, released Monday by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).
(Source: PC World)Although I do my best to only carry my tablet and phone around with me, I can appreciate the increasing student and staff thirst for bandwidth, as they use more than one device at a time...who hasn't pulled up research on one device while creating on another? This will certainly impact school districts who aren't planning for more than one device per student.
According to Guillermo Escofer: “Mobile data consumption is to grow tenfold over the next five years” He goes on to say “Mobile phone users will, in 2016, on average consume 6.5 times more video, over 8 times as much music and social media, and nearly 10 times as much games as in 2011....” (Source: via Bruno Gebarski)Ryan Bretag points out a strategy that will seem common sense as you read it...combine our device environment:
Essentially, a C.O.D. environment combines our collective devices: a standard device that everyone must have with a personal device that students choose to use based upon their individual needs. And this blended concept also leverages the ideas of a second screen and BYO3, the value of choice, and the importance of equal access to critical learning resources. (Source: Ryan Bretag)As attractive as C.O.D. sounds, I fear that schools will not have a "standard device" that is provided by the school district. Our money has been focused on computer labs for standardized testing and tutorial, or monolithic laptop carts that have sat unused because their battery charging needs went unmet by everyone since no one was responsible for charging them. In either case, unless schools have invested heavily in mobile technologies like netbooks, iPod Touch devices, tablets, AND maintained their desktop computer labs, there will simply be insufficient funds to build up.
In the past--at least in Texas--there were various funding sources throughout the years to buy equipment. The problem is that all that equipment is now obsolete. . .and little funding remains.
How do you spend the money that remains? Children can still learn critical skills without mobile technologies. Schools must spend their funding on infrastructure that allows them to meet the minimum standards for technology use, standards set by high stakes testing. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out if we continue on our current path, it results in a yawning chasm that will snap shut and crush the tech-powered dreams of writers, artists, mathematicians, scientists.
We need to promptly build up our infrastructure to support BY03, transform professional learning to incorporate eLearning in EVERYTHING we do IN ALL CORE CONTENT areas, and it needs to be a top priority...
Our Iceberg is Melting.
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