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Started by Lorraine Vickery 03 Apr 2014 8:03pm () Replies (4)

Is anybody willing to share a strategic model they have developed while intergarting BYOD into their school? We are a large secondary decile 4 school. We are starting on the road to BYOD and are looking at ways to introduce it gradually, and consult with staff, students, community and BOT.


  • Kathryn (View all users posts) 03 Apr 2014 9:01pm ()

    Everyone starts with year 9. In reality that's too hard for secondary staff. Older students have relationships with staff which allow staff who are nervous etc to be supported by these senior students as they learn. Then staff will gain confidence to work with the full on younger classes. It's hard to change from "chalk and talk" to a situation where students photograph the whiteboard and want the learning to begin and the teacher is floundering because copying was 90% of their lesson. Many staff are limited once you get beyond email, ppt and Kamar. Your staff will need more PLD and practice than you can imagine. Extensive staff PLD is paramount - include your teacher aides!!!!

    Consult with your contributing schools. They need to prepare their students and their families. Give a long lead in time so families can save/shop around, etc.
    Organise a situation so students who don't have charged devices (many low decile homes don't have power continuously so kids can't charge overnight) can charge without being fairly singled out. Some schools don't let kids charge their devices and then exclude them from lessons.
    Consider your special needs students. Assistive apps etc aren't available on all devices - ie chromebooks are limiting.
    Visit lots of schools - eg the Manaiakalani project in Tamaki. But don't just visit Tamaki College. Look at what the primary kids can do - consider how you can translate it into your secondary setting. Visit your contributing schools - what can those students and teachers do. Use them for PLD with your staff - to inspire them, and upskill them.
    On a practical note, get your wireless access well sorted before any device arrives. There's nothing worse than having no connectivity.
    Oh, and remind your staff about cybersafety...it's not cool to be friends with your students on facebook or twitter. But visit Albany Senior High and see how these tools can be used effectively for learning.
  • Chris Swanwick (View all users posts) 03 Apr 2014 9:46pm ()

    eLearning Planning Framework is a great place to start from. Break it up into it's respective dimensions and have those conversations in the relevant groups to make it manageable. e.g. Leadership with SMT and eLead team, Learning and Teaching with Teachers etc. That said, everyone should be looking at the 'Beyond the Classroom' dimension really. All the resources are here

    Do you have support from an LwDT facilitator this year? I think you do from a colleague of mine? They will be an invaluable source of support and info. 

    Cybersafety and digital citizenship are really important. I'm going to give a plug to a friends site - Richard Wells HoD of Tech at Orewa College. He produces lots of highly visual, simple resources that I think I'm right in saying have been adopted by the school. Here is an example

    Roskill 4 Life! 

  • Ceri de Boo (View all users posts) 03 Apr 2014 10:02pm ()

    Start slowly and include lots of staff PD as Kathryn has said, getting the staff on board is key to making it work, they need to see the point of it, rather than thinking it is just another fad. Using on line tools is great once staff are familiar with them as doesn’t matter what the device is that the students are using. Give staff PD then give them time to play with what they have learnt. We have introduced it slowly, it also gives the IT department a chance to trouble shoot issues with the network and devices, we started with a couple of BYOD classes then are rolling it out over a few years. Seniors can also byod but this seems to be a bit dependant on the teacher as to how much they use it in their various classes. Cyber safety is a must, other schools will share their cyber safety programmes, ask around. Looking at other schools and talking to staff/SLT’s will help make it successful.

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