Hello everyone! I am an EdTech student pursuing the Masters in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. My school district has finally decided to move to BYOD. While I believe this is a step in the right direction and administrators seem to be supportive, students must connect through their own individual Internet access accounts, while at school or home. This has basically been put on instructors. Teachers will not have any control over access through any management system or our network. Additionally, students must submit a form granting permission for each individual class. I would like to ask for some advice regarding best practices for classroom use specifically without any internal controls. While I have many ideas for my own classroom, I look forward to any advice you may have. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.
Congratulations. You sound very excited about this new part of the adventure.
Although my school has established a one-to-one program, using iPads is sort of like a BYOD program as we have no control over what students can do with their iPads during a class. Many teachers experience frustration over students who are off task but can't "catch" them in the act because of iPad design. The discussions we have had on this subject revolve around most teachers having iPads put away during class. This does not seem to be a good solution - why have devices in the class if you will not use them?
I might suggest that you be very directive with the device use. Through class we take them out, and accomplish a goal then close them to transition to something else only to return to the use later. I do find that I must be vigilant and monitor that all students have closed their device before moving on. Also, being hyper aware if a student does open the device during an alternative activity is required.
While some teachers allow for note taking on the device during a lecture, I find that this is the time when most change work areas and are off task. Also, brain research has shown a connection between tactile writing and learning so I stick with hand written notes.
Finally, my lessons have become much more refined. I am very purposeful in planning so that I know exactly when and for what purpose the device will be used each day. Project based management activities are a large part of my routine.
Hope this helps.
Thanks Jen. I appreciate your insight!
We are in our second year of one to one laptops in my brick and mortar high school. I have spent the last two days going over our district's technology handbook and acceptable use policy for technology on campus. Last year was a learning experience for us as teachers and as a district. One of the best management tools we utilize is a "45 degrees" policy for teacher instruction- meaning when the teacher is addressing the class they first tell students to put their devices at 45 degrees. This allows teachers to make sure that the students are not on their laptops while we are talking to them. One other cool thing about the laptop devices we use is that when the students connect to the internet a light on the top of the lid comes on which allows us to know they are online. It is great for monitoring when I give a writing assignment that does not require internet use as I can tell when a student connects and can get the back on task quickly!
Here is a link to our school's technology use policy http://www.msd134.org/technology-acceptable-use-policy.html
Our go one go on handbook can be found here http://www.mhs1-1.com/mhs-go-one-go-on-handbook--signature-page.html
They may be of help for you is setting up some policies. I am sure that you will have a ton of challenges without the controls on internet site access. I know that there is software you can install that tracks that but you would have to have permission to install it. We use it at my online school and our tech guy can see which sites each student is accessing.
I call it "pac-man"ing i.e. "Pac-man your machines", roughly a fist width between keyboard and screen!
Great tip. Thanks!
Thank you for your insight Carolee. I will check out the links you provided!
Is there any thought towards moving the district into adopting Google Apps for Education - to cover the district? My district moved to BYOD and with Google Apps this makes it an easier switch. Plus Google Apps for educators is a great way to bring in Common Core.
I will use Google Apps, but I have not heard of the district making a switch. In fact everything was just upgraded to Microsoft Office 2013. Thank you for the reply!