Friday, July 25, 2014

Bring on BYOD!

Today in our ICT Lead Teacher workshop we talked BYOD.  Many schools are already taking this route and it's time for us to consider walking down this road too.  Whilst this is an exciting step to be contemplating, this is a huge undertaking with many considerations and possibilities.

The first thing to decide is the purpose of having BYOD in our school.  We came up with many ideas, including:

  • Making ICT more accessible for the kids
  • Increase the amount of technology without additional budget required
  • It fits in with our ICT purpose of 21 century learning  (prepare students for learning and employment in the 2st century)
  • Ideally 1:1 environment, though not necessarily possible in beginning stages
  • Minimise physical barriers to writing
  • Increased student engagement with learning
  • Increased ability to share and receive feedback on learning
  • Individualisation of learning
  • Ability for continuation of learning at home
  • Increased ability to connect with the wider community
  • Flexible learning options for teaching and learning
  • Integration of devices that students will encounter in life beyond the classroom
  • A range of applications and learning tools
  • Allows collaboration while at school and home

The big discussions included what device(s), which level(s) to include, trial or no trial?, consultation, security issues etc. There are many, many considerations that need to be discussed...Our next step....bring on a Working Group!

Very productive day...and a yummy lunch at Porthouse Grill to boot :)

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