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


Shane Koyczan – “You have to believe they were wrong”

Shane Koyczan is a  Spoken Word Artist, Poet, and Author from Penticton, B.C., Canada. His works and collaborations are absolutely breathtaking and unique. He has been called “[p]owerfully engaging and authentic in attitude,” (cited from his Website), which can be clearly seen through his literary artworks.

One of my favourite pieces from his collection is titled:

“To This Day,”

(Live Version on “TED”)

“If you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s something inside you that told you to keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit.” 

~Shane Koyczan, To This Day~

My other favourites include:

“The Crickets Have Arthritis”


He is also currently in the middle of a tour performing his pieces.

To find out more about him, his work, or his tour, go to his website:


follow him on Twitter:


or Visit his YouTube Channel:

A Journey Through Module 4

All the content we covered in Module 4 made me think of some of the works of Barbara Coloroso and Shane Koyczan, and I really couldn’t help but feel excited about it. I will be posting some of the stuff I have found onto my “Inspiration Corner” page as soon as I can get it organized and all that jazz. I can’t wait! I have been wanting to share some of this stuff for awhile now, but I didn’t know if I should or if I had the time, but I feel like this is the right time.

Now that we have gone through Module 4, I am starting to feel like the questions I have had regarding internet safety are beginning to be answered. I realize now that the answers are within us, all of us, working together to make change happen. “Be the Change,” Gandhi once said. As it was stated in Sasktel’s, I Am Stronger Video, “Things need to change, and the time is now.” I feel we are more than capable of that change, as long as we continue to look out for each others’ and our own safety.

With all that being said, I, for one, feel like I have just had an epiphany of sorts. I feel like something just clicked for me when I was looking through this information and It’s got me excited. Honestly, I’m excited. I can’t wait to share some of the stuff I found, and I’m going to do my best to post them up as quickly as possible.

Reading Response #4

At the beginning of Module 4, I was a little overwhelmed. It just seemed like there was a lot to do, but once I got started, It wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed looking at the videos, and reading about net standards, netiquette, and being safe online. The topic of being safe online is one that is close to my heart, as I have seen this type of stuff happen, and have experienced it firsthand. I feel that cyberbullying, as well as not being protected on the net, are all too real.

They were real when the internet was first invented.

They are real today.

They will continue to be real for as long as the internet is operational.

I feel that taking a step towards educating this new tech-born generation shows how far we’ve come as a society, and how important our children/students are to us. Their safety should always come first, and this is done through information and knowledge for both children and adults.

A Girl Like Her Movie

I am glad that this class did bring up the topic of cyberbullying, and how we should conduct ourselves online, because without that, the internet can be a very dangerous place.

I feel that some children and even adults may not realize how easy it is to get hurt or to hurt someone else online.

Click on the picture to the left, to watch a trailer for the movie “A Girl Like Her,” It seems like an interesting movie, and it shows what cyberbullying can be like. Things like this movie as well as videos, pictures, campaigns, all help to build awareness and makes us realize that we need to do more – do more to protect ourselves and our students.

I even commend websites like the ones we have viewed in Module 4. Sites like Common Sense Media and Media Smart all play their part too in building awareness around internet safety. I hope that they continue to build awareness to keep children and even adults safe on the internet.

I really feel like the video that was shared on the ECMP 355 blog was an especially important part of this message, so I wanted to share it too:

I also found the “My Online Neighbourhood” video just adorable and informative. I liked the guidelines for children that are on it:  #1. Ask your parents first, #2. ONLY talk to people you know, #3. Stick to places just right for you. I think after seeing the video, kids would agree that these rules make sense.

I also liked the “Digital Citizenship Survival Kit” Thinglink that was shared with us. I had to laugh when I seen the Pet tie-out cable that was included in it. It was meant to represent how parents should set limits for their kids, but It was funny too.

Reading Response #3 ( …Continued.)

How To Use Social Media In Education (Part 1 of 2)

I like the way this article covers things like the change we have experienced in education, regarding technology use. I like that it referenced the past, where all we had as resources was our teacher and our textbook. I feel that this is very true, because even 10 years ago when I was still in school, this seemed to be the case. I can see the dynamics of education, and the view of technology, shifting. For myself, personally, being at an age where I have experienced both sides of the fence – having an education without technology, and then going over that fence, to the world where you see and experience all these advances taking place – It really makes me wonder, which side do I prefer? I would like to say that I prefer the less technology side, just because it holds a certain nostalgia for me – a simpler time, that was care-free and easy to maneuver. But I do see how much technology has shaped and changed a generation. I see children using phones and computers and other devices like they were born with it. At this rate, I would say that they are born with it, or will be soon enough. I always say: pretty soon you will see babies with cellphones the day they are born 😀

On another note, this article brings up “Respect.” I feel this is rightly chosen wording. I mean, you look at this new generation that adapt so quickly to this “new” and “ever-changing” world, that you have got to respect that.

This brings me to the idea of the changing classroom, and the part where this article discusses the shifting roles of educators. I feel that this true, we see different types of classrooms now, and there are some changes that I love, and some I still haven’t decided on yet. For instance, I love that it is so easy to do research now, but everything is so fast-paced that you see a change in behaviour itself, and I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not.

How To Use Social Media In Education (Part 2 of 2)

This article also takes an interesting approach on social media. It shows us what exactly different types of social media are, and what they can do. It also shows a video that puts a positive spin on social media in the classroom. It shows how social media apps like Facebook can be used for group discussions, homework assignments, and so on, that it made me think, “Hey, this is something I could do.” It made Facebook look different in my eyes, and opened doors to a new perspective of technology in the school setting.

I feel perhaps this is what I need more of – a description of social media and how to use it (positively) – in order to change my own personal viewpoint of technology and social media (I wouldn’t say my viewpoint is negative, so perhaps cautious would be the right term).