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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is another “movement” that is really catching on. Students are able to bring their cellphones, tablets, laptops etc to school with them. I recently researched this topic for another class, because I didn’t have much experience with it. From my research, I found it to be really interesting.

There are many positives to BYOD. In schools where funds for technology is an issue, students brining their own electronics is helping. Students are able to actively participate in class, and they don’t have to worry about sharing/working off of the few computers a class may have. This also frees up the computers for students who do not have their own devices. Another positive point is that students are familiar with how to work their device. Teachers don’t have to waste precious instructional time explaining to students how to work the technology.

I was exposed, first hand, to a website during a profession development. It’s called Poll Everywhere. It’s a great toll for teachers to use in their classroom, and it can be used by any person who has internet capabilities on their device. This site is both useful and saves money, as it is a free replacement for clickers.

As with any new movement there are some drawbacks. One of the drawbacks to consider is internet safety of the students. Students must agree to use their personal devices according to the school rules. It is also important to keep the school’s internet secure. Most schools that allow BYOD have “contracts” set up that students must agree to prior to using their own device.

Through my research I found some interesting articles on BYOD. I will attach the links, in case you are interested ūüôā

Implementing BYOD

NEA’s Thoughts on BYOD

Article on BYOD

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What is connectivism??

This is a term that is completely new to me, and¬†I decided to do more research on the topic.¬†I found that I¬†really liked the concept behind it. Connectivism is a way of allowing students to “take control of their learning” and connect with other learners¬†(through an¬†online or digital setting).¬†Students are tasked with sharing their knowledge and learning from others they may already know.

This topic can be connected to many other topics in the educational technology realm. Connectivism takes advantage of all the technologies that the digital age has come to offer. Students can search the web, write/read blogs, make VoiceThreads, collaborate through Google Docs, and many other things.

The teacher takes on the role of a facilitator. The teacher shows the students how to search the internet effectively and decide what information is relevant and reliable. The teacher also helps students connect, teaches them how to be respectful of other students, and ways to properly interact.

As educators, this is an important concept to consider. Is the textbook and curriculum really the “be all, end all,” or is it just a means that can be replaced with authentic learning. I tend to agree with the latter statement. The textbook and curriculum is there to support the teacher and the student. It shouldn’t be the only means to teaching.

I really like the ideas behind connectivism. Students are able to do research for themselves. They make the decisions regarding what is important and usable. They are then able to show their learning in their own way. (This appeals to using multiple means of expression.) However, I do think that students still need the personal contact with other students. I don’t think this type of learning should completely replace face to face contact. Students still need to learn how to interact with other students/people face to face. That is something that can’t really be done digitally.

What are your thoughts?

Technology and Education

According to the video, Iowa, Did You Know?  more people have access to a mobile phone than a clean toilet! This fact alone shows how important technology has become in today’s world.

I believe that there really is no excuse for not integrating technology into our curriculum. Technology is quickly growing and changing. The benefits of technology are exponentially increasing. We can so easily connect to people on the other side of the planet. So, why not use this to our advantage? Why not get new, different ideas from other educators? Why shouldn’t students get the opportunity to use technology while learning?

In reference to the blog, 14 Things That are Obsolete in 21st Century Schools, I do agree with the author’s list of things¬†that have become obsolete.¬†My only concern would relate to¬†phones/tablets in the classroom, and whether or not students would be using them for educational reasons.¬† I could see how they could be a distraction. The students would have to agree to use them properly while in class. Phones/tablets are very useful, and students are familiar with the technology.¬†Their use¬†would allow teachers to spend less time explaining the use of the technology and give the students more time to learn.

Some of the ideas that I really liked were the idea of a technology co-ordinator that understands what technology is needed and can help teachers with it.  Also, the idea of having students design marketing materials for the school is fantastic! This will give students real world experience, and it would help to save the school money. Everyone wins in this situation. Collaboration and real world connections provide great, memorable learning experiences for students.

Overall, technology and education must go hand in hand. The world will continue to advance technologically, and students will become more and more technologically savvy. It’s up to the education system to decide if it will grow or be left behind.