"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow" - John Dewey
Over the past few years we have been doing a lot of thinking and planning as to how the concepts of e-Learning and BYOD fit with learning at our school. We have come a long way with our understanding and pedagogy in these areas and feel we are making decisions and improvements with the interests of our learners and community at the forefront. We understand however that many of our families are still at the beginning of the understanding journey so we would like to share some of the information that has been part of our own learning and thinking.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an established concept in which students bring their own device to school to assist their learning. BYOD enables:
Quicker access to information found on the World Wide Web.
Fading of 9 - 3pm school day as devices and learning are taken home.
Increased engagement from learners.
File and information sharing between teachers and students.
Collaboration through connected learning.
Future ready students.
Personalised instruction through flipped classroom and individual access.
Increased communication between home and school.
"Bring your own technology (BYOT) is an educational development and a supplementary school technology resourcing model, where the home and the school collaborate in arranging for students '24/7' use of their own digital technology/ies to be extended into the classroom, and in so doing assist their teaching and learning and the organisation of the their schooling and, where relevant, the complementary education outside the classroom." - Lee & Levins, 2012
Readings and Research
Here are some links to research relating to technology initiatives and 1:1 programs being implemented around the globe. Please take the time to read/view some of the information to ensure you are informed in the research behind our decision making process.