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  • Gary S commented on a bookmark FORUM: BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event
    byod offers us an affordable option of allowing children to access the benefits of technology For their learning. On any given day many of the the children have technology in their bags that could contribute to their learning. Because they own it,...
  • An special forum event where community members get to share their experiences with trialing and implementing BYOD in schools. Why not join in the conversations to discuss: Why go BYOD? How do schools come to the realization that BYOD...
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    • Gary S

      byod offers us an affordable option of allowing children to access the benefits of technology For their learning. On any given day many of the the children have technology in their bags that could contribute to their learning. Because they own it, they look after it and know how to use it and it frees the school-owned technology for those that don't have access.

      The biggest issue seemed to be getting the parents to sop seeing computers negatively. We had one family leave the school in a huff, saying they thought the wealthy in the school would have an advantage and we would become a class society. We had others that said their children would be disadvantaged at high-school because they wouldn't be able to write fast enough. We had a very well attended parent meeting and it was quite heated as both sides argued their case. I have a PowerPoint if anyone is looking for a starting point.

      gary

  • Dave Winter commented on the blog Which device?
    We have a variety of devices at our school like others have mentioned. My opinion about what to do in this space has varied over time. The impact on teaching and learning is at the heart of the question. We are happy to make a recommendation and...
  • Michelle Robison commented on a bookmark Excellent resources on BYOD for teachers
    This is great thanks Tessa. It gives the schools a great starting point to help with their consideration and planning.
  • Another great resource from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning with free downloadable PDFs that cover:1- Getting Started with BYOD2- BYOD Planning and Implementation Framework3- Challenges of BYOD4- Scenarios for Mobile...
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  • Stephen Lethbridge commented on the blog Which device?
    @Dorothy I agree wholeheartedly! All my comments are from my current context which (I continually emphasise at presentations) is Decile 10. There is no one size fits all and we must have an approach that meets the community needs. Our situation is...
  • dorothyjburt commented on the blog Which device?
    Looks like I've been tagged by Becc :) Ok, so in response Derek's simple question; we have put extensive research into our choice of device for our students and are about to begin the process again for 2014. We began with AUSU eee using Open...
  • Rebbecca Sweeney commented on the blog Which device?
    Be good to get back to the conversation here! I admire Gareth's intentions and nonprofit approach but I think he has a way to go in order to get to know schools better and to understand that schools are very good at driving, owning and leading their...
  • Stephen Lethbridge commented on the blog Which device?
    @Rachel +1, Like, retweet, pin @garethpearce Just looked at the 'Edutainment' yes a new term but a very old concept - I remember Seseme Street. Some things of note from me after watching the advert on the link that you posted in this...
  • Gerard Macmanus commented on the blog Which device?
    Sorry Gareth, please read the Terms of the vln /terms you are talking about offering a service. Commercial Activity Users may mention their education related commercial affiliations and services on profile pages, but should refrain from...
  • Rachel Whalley commented on the blog Which device?
    @garethpearce I don't think this forum or website is the place for you to push your wares. This site is intended as a professional development community for teachers and educators - are you a teacher or educator or a vendor?  How does...
  • Amy McCauley commented on the blog Which device?
    Just wrote a blog post about a couple of different devices I have trailled over the past couple of months.  It's more of a reminder of my thoughts, but feel free to haev a read at what I thought about some of those...
  • Annemarie Hyde commented on the blog Which device?
    We are at the stage where we have kept our old PCs going, have some great new(ish) PCs, elderly laptops on wheels and three laptop classes. I have leased sets of laptops for these which the students in those classes lease. One set are netbooks, and...
  • Stephen Lethbridge commented on the blog Which device?
    And my two cents worth...  Who are we as schools to dictate where parents live in the cloud and therefore which device children have? I agree with Derek, parents are looking to schools to provide guidance but this will pass as devices become...
  • Allanah King commented on the blog Which device?
    Wading in here... I think it all depends on the purpose as Andrew says. If learners were going to want the internet and Google services in particular then I think the Chromebook would be just the ticket- with it's extensions and apps it can be a...
  • Derek Wenmoth commented on the blog Which device?
    Hi Andrew - completely agree that we need to be thinking well beyond the 'which device' question from a learner perspective, and hopefully we'll soon be at a place where it won't matter. I take your point about the students in your school, and agree...
  • Andrew de Wit commented on the blog Which device?
    One of the things I think is a strength of our school BYOD envionment is that students move capably from one type of device to others. We have Androids, IPads and Laptops. That my Year 4 students can make choices to which device works best for a...
  • Derek Wenmoth published a blog post Which device?
    The question of which device to support or promote is getting lots of airplay in various forums at the moment. This recent post from Forbes magazine reports Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs. I know...
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    • dorothyjburt

      Looks like I've been tagged by Becc :)

      Ok, so in response Derek's simple question; we have put extensive research into our choice of device for our students and are about to begin the process again for 2014.

      We began with AUSU eee using Open Source software (custom built for our schools by volunteers).  We have been happy with the device from 2010-2012, and the OS. The device had to change as it seemed that netbooks were coming to an end, and reliance on volunteers for an OS is a complex circumstance.

      So for 2013 our testing process identified the Chromebook and we bought 700 Samsung. Blog post here

      We have been very happy with our choice and the positive impact on learning and teaching outcomes.

      A wee comment for BYOD enthusiasts:

      Let's try to remember the slice of NZ who have nothing to bring to school when we give presentations about BYOD.  It is one thing to extol BYOD when speaking to a homogeneous group of educators for whom this is an attainable option.  But in an eclectic conference setting this can be a tad depressing to Decile 1-3 educators in the room :)  Or to quote Allanah out of context, "One size does not fit all"

    • Stephen Lethbridge

      @Dorothy

      I agree wholeheartedly! All my comments are from my current context which (I continually emphasise at presentations) is Decile 10. There is no one size fits all and we must have an approach that meets the community needs. Our situation is typical Higher Decile - social mobilty and school choice upon entry to high school (you know success means moving out! - *headshake!). We contribute to many many high schools all with different platforms and device opitions so therefore we have our approach.

      If I were in a different context I would be looking at what needs are in the community. I applaud and am in awe of the work you and Russell are doing. I worry that schools in similar contexts look at what you are doing and think they can replicate it and roll it out easily - we both know this takes a lot of time and device use is a result of pedagogical change rather than handing out devices.

      The importance of device use lay in the 24/7 option. Schools that provide class sets and then lock them away at 3pm are missing the point. Kids need them at home - they also need to have decent connection at home too.

      From my point of view the current digital divide is whether you have a connected device or not. The new divide will be the number of devices that you have.

      Have you had any cluster students leave the school/cluster and continue the lease of the device whilst using it in their new place?

    • Dave Winter

      We have a variety of devices at our school like others have mentioned. My opinion about what to do in this space has varied over time. The impact on teaching and learning is at the heart of the question.

      We are happy to make a recommendation and offer support for a device each year to our parents and at the same time allow them some choice in BYOD. Smaller organisations would possibly support diversity with more ease?

      With 300 students using 1 to 1. My recommendation for 2014 in our school is likely to be a chromebook. (Nothing but web). This decision is a communities one.

      These students are year 7-8 and we are a google apps school using teacher dashboard. The support for this environment is significant in iOS but limited enough to make this still a deal breaker for the collaboration we see as helping learners.

      There are going to be some downsides but start time, learning integration, management and battery life put these as our first choice for the year 7-8 cohort.

      Other devices will be needed to support the chromebooks. 

      What place do companion devices have in peoples BYOD plans?

       

       

  • Hi Kevin  - have you had a chance to use Storify yourself? I am interested to see how others are using it. : )
  • RosL added a new discussion topic Who decided your current school BYOD policy?