Do you have access to iPads or tablets, do your students come to school with mobile tech? Are you looking to explore how to incorporate this digital tech on the upcoming practicum? Are you wondering how you can increase student engagement AND student learning?
Bring your own device is an emerging issue in education today. There are considerations teachers must keep in mind when integrating student owned devices into classroom teacher. View this link for some suggestions on integrating BYOD in the classroom.
- what are the lesson objectives and how might students’ devices support meeting them?
- might students benefit from ‘just-in time’ access to technologies and the familiarity of the digi-tech they are carrying with them (for research? sharing? creation? translation? assistive apps?
- is there public wifi or guest wifi at the school?
- what are the school rules around byod?
- equity – do your students have access to devices?
- Tip: Gather information from students – have them let you know privately about their access to technology (vs. hands up/public sharing about access)
- Have students engage in partner and group work – with one device per group (Be considerate and conscious of equity, diversity – don’t begin with ‘if you don’t have a device, then…’
- Provide options for how to complete the work – some students with access may still choose to use paper and pencil for some tasks
- management – what are the school rules? what are the class expectations?
- Be open, transparent and have a class discuss.
- Consider collectively creating a set of guidelines/class constitution.
- Ensure students know when it isn’t appropriate or necessary to use their devices and for what purpose.
- As teacher, be an active participant in the classroom; facilitate instruction, circulate and avoid leading from the front.
Some Applications you may want to try:
- Student Response and Polling: PollEverywhere (students can respond by text or on browser or app);
- Brainstorming/Digital whiteboard: Padlet (share text, video, links, audio, images) View this Sandbox Blog resource post for more info on padlet.
- Multimodal creation (draw, audio/video record, type, write). Great for formative assessment:
Here is a link to a Prezi summarizing some ways to leverage personal devices in the classroom for technology integration.
Join the conversation on twitter #byod and see what others are saying! I follow Chris Kennedy who has made some illuminating blog posts about this and other topics relevant to education today! His Blog: http://cultureofyes.ca/