We hear much about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) as an option for technology integration into schools. It is a growing area of discussion in many schools and communities across Australia. With BYOD comes many challenges and decisions. This post will give you some resources to help you begin understanding the depth of your challenge and the discussions to hold.
This year the Microsoft Education UK School Blog has published a number of posts highlighting some of the major point of considerations for implementing BYOD. The publications shared by this team are a very useful place to begin your research and discussion.
- BYOD in Education: What is Bring Your Own Device?
- BYOD in education: What’s it all about?
- BYOD in Education: Why go BYOD?
- BYOD in Education: Access and infrastructure
- BYOD in Education: Policy Considerations
- BYOD Devices: A Deployment Guide for Education
In addition to the above posts and documents, Bruce Dixon (Anywhere, Anytime Learning Foundation) and Sean Tierney, (Microsoft Australia Academic Programs Manager), have just republished their white paper, Bring your Own Device to School (you can find the original version here) which focuses on device choice, deployment and teaching in BYOD environments.
In this paper we are introduced to the notion of the pedagogical potential of devices and software. The fact that students, depending on the stage of their education, might need a different device, with different capabilities for different tasks is raised and discussed in the diagram. This to me highlights that BYOD decisions made in schools must provide for the learning needs in a variety of situations. That decisions need to be made with pedagogical intent close to mind. What do you want your kindergarten students to do on a device? What do our year 11 and 12 students need to be able to do on a device? Surely there is a different set of skills and strategies needed at both ends of this continuum?
If your school is considering BYOD, why not request a Windows in the Classroom session to consider the options that are open through Microsoft Windows 8 and device adoption? In a Windows in the Classroom session, Microsoft education consultants visit you school and show you the possibilities and practical implementation of Windows 8 in your school. These hands on sessions are tailored to ensure they answer some questions school leaders and teachers have around teaching and learning through this environment. The video below gives a brief outline of the program. Contact Susan Mateer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
As this blog continues we will bring to you some case studies of BYOD schools in action. Find out what is working and what is not, what success looks like and how your school might move toward a success BYOD implementation.
Other Papers and posts of note: