Thursday, March 7, 2013

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

As a student teacher, I have seen students’ eyes ablaze with interest as they seamlessly navigated their digital world. The Shift in Technology is happening before our eyes, and as teachers, we must learn to approach this reality as we are the students’ guides. In the iSchool initiative video Lindsay posted, Travis Allen talks extensively on how technology makes logical sense in an educational setting. School systems have the potential to save thousands of dollars by going digital. Fox 10 News featured a story yestereday on how our local school system plans to do just that. In a program cleverly termed, BYOD: Bring Your Own Devices, the Mobile County Public School System is implementing the use of home devices such as iPads, iPods, and even iPhones in the classroom. Three schools are already using these devices, and three more schools will be added by next month. What are your thoughts on students bringing devices from home to supplement their learning in the classroom? What will be the teacher's role in this process? Who stands to benefit?

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