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  • Hamish McLean commented on the blog WiFi vs. Mobile
      It's important to note the difference between NZ and America's mobile coverage, speeds and price plans.  A number of cities in America have 4G+ where as NZ still has very limited 4G coverage. In fact most of the country...
  • Derek Wenmoth published a blog post WiFi vs. Mobile
    Interesting article from eSchool News headed Mobile Rises but School WiFi Stagnates which summarises the key findings from a survey, released by Pearson and conducted on its behalf by Harris Poll, that finds that while student ownership of...
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    • Hamish McLean

       

      It's important to note the difference between NZ and America's mobile coverage, speeds and price plans.  A number of cities in America have 4G+ where as NZ still has very limited 4G coverage. In fact most of the country won't get 4G for a long time.  Another point that's relevant is both telecom towers and Vodafone crank down their signal output so save on maintenance.  Another major issue in NZ is price of plans and data.  Americans have highly competitive system and it's very cheap to have data as party of a plan.  For the majority of students in NZ it's too expensive.  

      NZ schools also have significantly faster internet access then the average home user can access. With the WSNUP   rolling out, Wi-Fi is also pretty strong in NZ schools

       

      Our school has fiber, AC WI-FI throughout the school and Caters for our 200+ mobile and portable devices very well.  Vodafone signal is one bar, sometimes two. Telecoms signal is fine, but is only 3G, and it often flicks to EDGE for some reason.

       

  • Natalie Garcia replied on the discussion topic BYOD for All
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  • Ngaire Shepherd-Wills commented on the blog 7 Myths about BYOD
    Both great articles. Definitely agree with all the "pros" mentioned- collaboration, engagement levels and more visible learning. Our home/ school partnerships are becoming stronger through our byod programme, especially when combined with...
  • We are a term into BYOD, with year 4 in a collaborative learning environment. One thing that has amazed me. Is how naturally the students are using their devices when given the opportunity to use them whenever, to support their learning. As you say...
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  • I agree Derek while we still talk of digital classes, BYOD and it rooms/suites we are still thinking of the device as an add on to a class/school. I wonder if when gym classes first started they used the term BYOGG (Bring your own gym gear). When...
  • Interesting post from a US writer titled 5 Strategies for building a powerful BYOD classroom. His list of strategies are: Anticipate problems - they will come Teach appropriate device and Internet use constantly Blend the learning Have...
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    • Mark Maddren

      I agree Derek while we still talk of digital classes, BYOD and it rooms/suites we are still thinking of the device as an add on to a class/school. I wonder if when gym classes first started they used the term BYOGG (Bring your own gym gear). When integrated into the class environment the device becomes just another tool alongside class materials and resources. However what an amazing tool when integrated well!

      I think a strategy that the Manaiakalani Cluster use of "making the learning visible" is a key strategy and focuses teachers well into using the device as a learning tool not a babysitting tool. As a parent I have been reflecting on this with my own children's education and the lack of visibility of their learning as a parent.

    • Ngaire Shepherd-Wills

      We are a term into BYOD, with year 4 in a collaborative learning environment. One thing that has amazed me. Is how naturally the students are using their devices when given the opportunity to use them whenever, to support their learning. As you say in your post Derek- more like the "air we breathe" . Embarrassing faux pas last week when I told a student to go and write a user name and password ( not a top secret one!) on a piece of paper. His reply? " Nah, I'll just take a photo of it on my ipad! " Digital natives! So my strategy would be - let the kids drive - they will come up with ways of integrating devices seamlessly that may surprise you. 

    • Josie Redmond

      I have been running a BYOD class for the last three years.  At the start it was all about ensuring the students could put their work in the correct place on Hapara/Google Drive so that I could find it, about ensuring that they knew how to access the internet search engines and be able to sift through the stuff they didn't need, and how to problem solve if they couldn't get onto the internet.  These issues were addressed and the use of Techsperts helped solve them, with some of the issues not within my understanding but the Techsperts has it sorted.  the problem was to make sure theTechsperts learning time wasn't taken up with always being interrupted with solving problems for me.

      Now we are able to have more range in the ways we present tasks with more options as more apps are shared and used effectively to present their learning.  I use the chromebooks to publish writing of course, to record themselves reading and complete a reflection each term identifying what they did well and what they need to work on in the future, to complete power points to report on research and to create short animations to tell a narrative or to use PowToons to do the same thing.  the challenge for me now is finding the time to provide the specific feedback and to have checks in place for the 'phaffers' who like the idea of working on a device, but are not delivering the quality goods or meeting the deadlines and have lots of bad excuses.

      I still see the device a s a tool in teaching and learning, not the main one either.  It is still important for my students to show me progressions in their written language books, evidence of editing and brainstorming etc and then first drafts, second drafts and feedback on devices.

      The problem that I often encounter is not enough devices available when I rely on them.  We have spare devices but sometimes it is the students that forget their own devices or they are broken and need fixing, that cause the shortage.  I have a rule that the people that have their own device, are not allowed to use the spare devices unless the people that rely on school devices are not using them.

      My other problem is when the server is down or the connection is playing up and my lesson is relying on connectivity.  I have been caught out a few times and it is frustrating.  

      All in all I am on an incredibly steep learning curve and finding great sites to visit to access new resources and activities to enhance my teaching.  It's exciting. My next goal is to get the students to self and peer assess independently and store their feedback in a way that it easy for me to access so I can  provide specific feedback to help them in their learning.