But how do schools deliver technology enriched learning to students? Trolleys of shared devices can only get the quality of the experience so far and are a nightmare to manage. A fully immersive experience ideally requires students to work with their own device. 1:1 student to device ratios are the dream but hard to achieve for many schools.
Enter the BYOD solution....Bring Your Own Device! Seems ideal....right? And it does have the potential to be - but there is a reason I jokingly refer to it as Bring Your Own Disaster.....
A bit of history...
Weighing it up
Can it be done? Yes, it can. I don't think I have it perfect by a long shot, but compared to a couple years ago, I am actually pretty proud of our progress. For those thinking of taking steps towards BYOD:
- Plan ahead. I cannot stress this enough. Get stakeholders involved. Consult with the parent community. Give LOTS of notice. Develop user agreements and policy documents. Really think about the specifications you want.
- Work on infrastructure now. It's no good getting devices into schools and not having the network capable of supporting them.
- Build your champion network of teachers. Provide opportunities for professional development and support them as much as you can. They will determine if the program sinks or swims at the end of the day.
- Understand that this is going to take some time to work...be patient and persistent.
- Share the success and promote what BYOD and 1:1 programs can help students to achieve. Build a positive culture around technology.