Reading Response #5

Why Bother With #byod?

“BYOD creates ownership of the technology and assists with ownership of the learning.” – Learning Activist, 2012

This article provided great tips on how BYOD would look, and I liked that they were simple and easily understood, such as learning journals, research, creating webpages, etc. I especially liked it when this article said: “The questions of “how do you use a device in the classroom?” becomes “how do you not?””, further cementing my views that technology is a huge part of our lives now, that we now have the responsibilities of managing it.

With the way we see technology progressing, we need to help prepare this next generation to take control of technology, otherwise technology may take control of them. We may see students and adults who won’t leave their house because they’d rather stay on a computer or watch t.v. We need to show them that it is alright to be unplugged for awhile. Teaching these skills and managing them, using some of the tips that this article has suggested, builds up “useful skills that citizens of the 21st C will require.” It will help enrich all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher.

I also like that this article brings up how we will see that our students will probably be using a number of different devices, and I as a teacher would be comfortable with that. I know that students will want to use a device of their choice, and I also know that not all devices work the same way. The only stipulation I’d probably put in place is around distracted behaviour or use of the devices that is not beneficial to the learning activity/assignment, such as messaging, chatting, social media sites, etc. I would say you can try doing the assignment without the device if it is causing a distraction – other options I would present would be using books from the library, or interviewing someone who may be able to help, using a school computer that is monitored instead of using your own personal device. In the end, I see technology as a choice that holds a certain responsibility.

Bring Your Own Device – A Guide For Schools

Section 1: Why Bring Your Own Device? (Page 3-4)

“The reality is that web-based tools and resources have changed the landscape of learning.” is a statement in this educational document that I believe is true. The progression of technology has provided endless learning opportunities and has made almost anything possible – from sharing documents with classmates, to creating and editing videos. All that a teacher would have to do is facilitate these opportunities and guide the students through the assignments or projects that they are working on. Essentially a teacher should know what the students are interested in, and may work their lessons around that. This article brings up how the education system is becoming more student-centered, which is true. We probably wouldn’t be talking about BYOD if it weren’t. I think it would be great to allow students to use their personal devices in class, because they’d be comfortable with them and know how to use them. I would say we need to prepare lessons around using devices in class, and around a variety of topics that gain to students’ interests and expose them to new learning opportunities.

“the range and effectiveness of technology use in augmenting learning varies considerably depending on the types of tools and software used, the context within which they are used and the degree to which student interest, motivation and engagement is triggered.” – Government of Alberta, 2012

The Benefits of Mobile Devices In The Classroom

This article covers most of the benefits of having devices in your classroom, such as portability, increased student engagement, convenient uses for studying, etc. I also like how this article showed some stats for students who use devices for their projects/assignments.

It leads to the question of “What’s next?” It shows an increase in this type of learning. This article had a link to another one that I found to be interesting as well.

Mobile Learning On The Rise

This article mainly depicts how devices are becoming smaller and more affordable, so they are becoming more popular. Which is true, I mean if you think back to some of the stuff you used when you were younger, than you are probably remembering bigger systems and even bigger prices.

I like that this article also has an infographic which shows statistics for the use of google apps, click on the image below to see the infographic:

mlearning-apps infographic

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