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Mobile Devices and BYOT/BYOD initiatives

This blog post is in conjunction with final project for my MS in Instructional Technology. 

 

Introduction: The integration of technology has been synonymous with the promotion of problem based learning in schools; both ideas that take the Norman Rockwell picture of education outside its traditional frame . Many schools have been able to keep up with updates of hard and software, while others monetarily struggle to keep technology initiatives afloat.To insure that students are prepared for their futures, schools are thinking outside the box once again and turning to their students and parents for the resolution. The answer for many schools isn’t far from a student’s hand, as mobile devices have become the current computing, communication and information device of choice. The growing applications of the smart phone and the advancements in hand-held, portable technologies are evolving mobile devices from that of distraction to student engagement and creativity. These ever growing, natural extensions of thought for the current student body (and many adults) are an answer to decreasing budgets and inspiring schools to implement Bring Your Own Technology or Device (BYOT/BYOD) initiatives to insure that 1:1 programs can take place in every school.

 

Rationale: This project will examine the success and challenges behind mobile devices and the BYOT initiative in schools as an answer to decreasing school budgets. Research will include what devices are being used, how schools are protecting their students and themselves and what tools are needed to manage multiples types of devices brought in to school by users. The question will be raised whether or not  educational data shows that the efforts behind a BYOTare worth the energy and time by education leaders.  Also kept in mind will be the issue of the comfort level of teachers with the BYOT initiative. Schools continue to struggle to provide the professional development and support needed for teachers to integrate technology into curriculum. Collected research will look at how BYOT could hinder or push forward teacher comfort levels of technology integration into the classroom environment.

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Comment by Joe Brislin on October 23, 2013 at 10:01pm

We are looking to implement a BYOD initiative. How is anyone dealing with access to network files through BYOD? Do students have a cloud based location to save their files? 

Comment by Steve Hayes on May 22, 2012 at 12:42am
#BYOTchat is on Twitter every Thursday from 9 to 10 pm (EDT) for more information visit BYOTchat.com Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas regarding BYOT in schools.
Comment by pottsedtech on April 19, 2012 at 9:02pm

Hello! Thanks for the comments. Here is the post for the final project. It also has Prezi that can be used too.

BYOD's keep growing and it's been great to see schools continue to reach out to share information and learn from experiences. 

Comment by samevanson on April 19, 2012 at 3:44pm

I am also looking at implementing a BOYD initiative at my school inNew Zealand. I would like to read your work.

Comment by Karen Henke on April 10, 2012 at 12:28pm

What a thoughtful post. I'm eager to learn more. I am writing a report on BYOT programs and what they will mean for the teacher in the classroom. As I read about existing programs, it seems that the district may enable it by changing a policy and opening the network, but it is the teacher who does the heavy lifting by making it work in the classroom. Would you mind contacting me to let you know what you've found?

Thanks!

Karen

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