BYOD in Education…
This week in our class we have been looking at student owned devices, or more frequently termed Bring Your Own Device. Last year, our schoolboard opened up part of our network to devices that were not owned by the board. This has allowed students to utilize their ipods, tablets, and phones to interact and engage in their learning in a whole new way. I have several students in my grade five class that have embraced their mobile devices and use them regularly within the classroom. It is a new thing to them and they often still ask, “Can I take video/pictures of this with my phone?” The devices also help to build community with students texting and emailing each other outside of school. Students also enjoy sharing new apps or great games they have discovered with each other before school and during our nutrition break. “Students now have at their fingertips unlimited access to digital content, resources, experts, databases and communities of interest. By effectively leveraging such resources, school authorities not only have the opportunity to deepen student learning, but they can also develop digital literacy, fluency and citizenship in students that will prepare them for the high tech world in which they will live, learn and work”(Alberta Ed., 2012, pg. 4).
Crichton, Pegler and White’s pilot study (2012) on ipods and ipads in the classroom indicates that these devices have different strengths, and that students selected each device depending on the activity they were assigned. As educators, we are still trying to sort it all out, how to best support our students using a variety of devices, how to teach a strong sense of digital citizenship and how to best incorporate these devices into our current pedagogy.
What is your biggest concern with students bringing their own devices to your classroom?
Crichton, S., Pegler, K., & White, D. (2012). Personal devices in public settings: lessons learned from an ipod touch / ipad project. Electronic Journal Of E-Learning, 10(1), 23-31
Alberta Education (2012). Bring your own device: a guide for schools. Retrieved from http://education.alberta.ca/admin/technology/research.aspx