BYOD: ONE YEAR LATER. (2013). Technology & Learning, 33(7), 36-39.
This article presents interviews of 5 different School Leaders one year on from implementing a BYOD strategy, asking them about their Goals, Successes, Challenges, Improvements and Changes they would make to their strategy.
The article offers several valuable insights into the use of BYOD’s as more than a replacement for the traditional means of content reproduction. “Students are empowered to use their tools the way they want to support their learning. when teachers allow students to drive technology, they are much more focused on their content specialties than on teaching how to insert a picture in PowerPoint. ” (LaMaster J.)
The key themes of the article are firstly the need for change in pedagogy to lead change in technology:
“We have learned that traditional teacher-directed instruction does not lend itself to student technology use. we are working with the instructional leadership on changing pedagogy to take advantage of these new resources. This has been harder than building the infrastructure.” (Cave R.)
“If the teachers and the instruction are not ready for BYOD, then it will not be successful.” (Cave R.)
and secondly to empower or provide agency to the students:
“When students are actively involved with the lesson by gathering information, collaborating, and sharing their findings, technology will have the type of impact for which we have been striving.” (Cave R.)
“Once one student finds an effective tool, shortcut, method, or research article, he or she willingly shares it.” (LaMaster J.)
Evaluation: This article offers insight without unfortunately offering specifics, it again highlights the importance of Leadership, clear pedagogical focus and Student agency. However the specifics of “Which pedagogy methods were most effective?” and “How can we scaffold the agency experience for the learners?” are not discussed.
I did appreciate the clear language answers given by these school leaders as they talked about the challenges and surprises that arose on their BYOD journey.
“We spent three years discussing a 1:1 BYOT program, hosting PD for teachers, making web resources, piloting, and installing a new wireless network. Taking the front time really paid off.” (LaMaster J.)