BYOD For Dummies

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

de·vice

 [dih-vahys] 

noun

1. a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

What computers/iPads kids bring to school are digital devices. Enough said.
Education Has a Price
Good education costs. Anything of value does. Imagine the depth of conversations, research and persuasion that inherently occurs within families purchasing a device (or devices) for BYOD. It’s the perfect learning scenario – people become informed because they need to make a good investment.  What better investment  could someone make than in their child’s education?
BYOD is One Tool
The implementation of BYOD doesn’t constrict the learning process… nor does it widen it. Pedagogy, not tools, affect learning processes. There is new  digital languages need to be learned and this must be addressed. BYOD is a tool to assist 21st Century learning and skills.
BYOD does not Affect Teacher Well-being
BYOD at NBCS
Can new things be stressful? Sure. Can new things be exciting? Sure. Can new things actually assist relaxation? Sure. The effect of change depends on the perspective of the person experiencing the change. BYOD might be stressful if you let it be so …or … it could be exciting. Essentially, teachers affect teacher well-being.
Through the implementation of BYOD, I’ve become much more adept and confident int he use of a variety of digital devices, not more stressed as some might suggest.
Overall, BYOD is great. I can’t wait until we move towards Bring Your Own Digital DeviceS!
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