Following that discussion I have come away with several points that need considering before embarking on a BYOD programme for students.
- WHY? There needs to be an overarching philosophy behind a move to students bringing their devices.
- HOW? How will the devices be used? How will this be monitored? How will you ensure equity? How much do the teachers need to know before the students are introduced to the apps/programs/equipment? How will the staff share what they know?
- WHAT? What will the students actually do with them? What training does your staff require? What platform will you use or are you going to use a multi-platform approach like Google Apps or Office 365? What changes in pedagogy are required to make best use out of the equipment now available in the classroom? What else regarding infrastructure needs to be put in place before it can support BYOD?
- WHEN? When will your students be able to access the network on their devices for Internet eg only during school hours?
- WHO? Who is responsible for theft/damage? Who will monitor for responsible digital citizenship? Who will have the passion on your staff to keep anything put in place active? Who can maintain this if there is only one person with that passion? Who should have ownership of the policies and procedures that go with BYOD?
I wish Paul and his team all the best as they work their way through this maze of questions - and probably more to come as they move further along in their journey.
Nga mihi nui koe