I hope you weren’t offended by the “dummy” thing. I know you’re really not a dummy. However, there is something “dumb” going on… All this BYOD hate is dumb, especially if you’ve never tried it.
I was inspired to write this post in response to Gary Stager’s ‘BYOD: Worst Idea of the 21st Century?’ post. Thanks, Gary, for the edu-banter. It’s definitely worth thinking about.
At NBCS, we’ve been implementing BYOD from Yr 5 and up for 3 years now. This year, we’ve started BYOD in Yr 4 as well. Our BYOD journey certainly hasn’t been without it’s glitches but that’s to be expected. Overall, it’s worked well. I certainly wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s the thing – in our setting, BYOD works. It works really well. Here’s why and how it works:
Different Strokes Work For Different Folks
Truth: nothing in life is equal. Someone will always have nicer shoes, cars, digital devices than I do. So what? It’s about time we all got used to that idea. BYOD is not about inequality; it’s about recognising that everyone is different.
In addition, anyone who uses a raft of digital devices chooses to use them for different experiences and purposes. For example; I use my iPhone for daily use, my iPad for traveling, my iPod in the car and my PC for word-processing. Different devices suit different people and different circumstances. This is exactly the kind of vital information that students are able to find out when they have the freedom of BYOD (or, even better, BYODs).
Real People Use Devices… Everyday