Day 21 (of 184) dangers if byod?
It was the best of times it was the worst of times …. sometimes I fear this is how the era of ‘bring your own device’ to school will be looked at.
We have students bringing a myriad of devices that can be used to help and enhance their learning experience. But we have to be aware that mistakes such as taking (and manipulating) pictures of other students will be made. We also have to be aware that if we want to encourage learners to bring devices that try feel will benefit them, they need the opportunity to try, and if they don’t have the ‘right’ app/program/etc, that’s okay.
…it was the age if wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… If nothing else it’s an age to try things out – including my modelling of ‘bringing my own device’ to work to do some specific tasks that my hybrid laptop/desktop does not.
And my secretary shook her head at me a few times saying ‘too many screens’.
…it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch if incredulity… where I believe students can learn with today’s technology better than any time before. I am envious of my own children that have a phone/camera/tv/video game/computer hybrid that can fit in the palm of their hand.
Yet there are some who would like them banned because of the potential negatives….yet paper and pencils weren’t banned when I made some poor note-passing decisions – it isn’t/wasn’t/shouldn’t be the tool that’s to blame for failures….or successes….
But instead we should turn our focus from the tools to support the risk taking of learners if all ages as they find the right tool, be it an iPad or pencil or paint set or noise-cancelling headphones or whatever it may be, that enables them to be an engaged learner who has ownership of their craft.
I wonder how this era in education will be looked back upon…