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Managing device use in a BYOD classroom

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Started by Rebecca 04 Mar 2015 8:58pm () Replies (14)


I have a year 4/5 class where the children all have a device - some are using their own, some are using the schools chromebooks.  For the most part this is working really well and the children are really engaged but we are having some problems with monitoring the use of the devices particularly when I am working with a group or conferencing with individual children.  I am finding that during these times some of the children are using their devices inappropriately - playing games, sending each other lot's of emails or taking silly photos.  

So my question is does anyone have any ideas on how to manage 28 children's devices to ensure they are on task?  I've seen a few different software packages that allow you to see thumbnails of each child's device but they all seem very expensive. 

Any ideas??


  • Melody McC (View all users posts) 05 Mar 2015 7:00am ()

    Good morning.

    I build a high trust environment and have high expectations of the students self management of their devices.

    Students' parents supply the devices for learning and we expect our students to
    use them in class for learning. Teachers spend quite a bit of time - unpacking
    what this looks like and what our expectations of school BYOD are.

    The students and their parents sign a user agreement which outlines their
    responsibilities and the schools' responsibilities ( in regards to devices)
    - before they are allowed to use them at school. This document is very
    clear about the purpose of BYOD, our expectations and their

    Trust is broken if - students change screens as the teacher comes over, or
    students are observed to be on sites that are not linked to our learning.
    If a student breaks this trust - they may not use their device nor may they
    choose where they will learn until trust is restored. If it was a case of
    recidivism, parents may be informed (depending on circumstance and appropriateness).

    I generally find that when;
    1.  There is a strong implementation phase including parent involvement
    2. There is teaching of expectations AND routines.
    3. Where expectations are explicit and clear
    4. Where policy and procedures are in place to support BYOD (parent
    agreements, school wide systems etc).

     The students follow the guidelines.

    I hope that this is helpful.

  • Melody McC (View all users posts) 05 Mar 2015 7:25am ()

    The boys do need to take responsibility for their choices, and accept the consequences of continued disregard for learning guidelines. This could include - not being able to use their devices - until they prove they will follow the guidelines, as well as involving parents in supporting the boys to develop self management skills. 

    I find parents are really supportive of appropriate device usage as they have paid a substantial sum for them, and want the students to use them for learning at school. 


    I hope this helps. :)


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