Y3 ICT Specialists - Lecture 4 - Mobile Technology


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Over recent years we have seen technology simultaneously increase in power and decrease in size. Many of us now take for granted personal access to sophisticated mobile devices which combine the functions of a phone, e-mail client, web browser, GPS, still and video camera, audio recorder, augmented reality browser and music player, providing access to technology which a few years ago would have been exceptional in even the most well equipped schools.

Whilst a number of schools have chosen to provide or allow access to such devices for pupils, a more common response appears to be to prohibit pupils from using any similar technology which they own whilst on school premises. Nevertheless, handheld, portable devices such as digital cameras, ‘Flip’ video cameras, digital ‘dictaphones’ or GPS trackers are finding a place as part of a school’s ICT resources, opening up exciting possibilities for the use of technology to enhance learning beyond the classroom on field visits.

We look at a number of the devices available, considering their relative strengths and weaknesses as well as exploring some of the practical issues associated with their use. We look at some examples of their deployment in primary schools. You undertake some practical work on site, documenting this online. We consider issues raised by pupils’ access to personal technology and you draft appropriate guidelines for the use of such devices.

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Y3 ICT Specialists - Lecture 4 - Mobile Technology

  1. 1. 4. Mobile Technology Leading Learning in ICT Miles Berry 15 October 2012
  2. 2. Handheld Devices
  3. 3. Smart Phones
  4. 4. iPod Touch / Firefox OS
  5. 5. Tablets
  6. 6. Apple case studies• Cedars School• Flitch Green• Bowes School• Riverdale• St Aidans• Malpas Church Junior• Burnt Oak
  7. 7. Why schools don‟t need ICTOur schools are now a desert swept with the winds of yesterdays technology;meanwhile our students can be found drinking from an oasis of smartphones, smartapps and smart interfaces. They have answers to questions we havent even daredto ask. They outsmart us at every turn.Teenagers upgrade their mobile phone every 12 months. Even the sociallydisadvantaged are one step ahead of their schools ICT. Thats not a problem.Thats a huge opportunity schools should grasp. Its an opportunity to save moneyand upgrade our thinking about ICT.Even last years smartphone will operate as a calculator. And a book reader. It willtranslate the Bible from the original Hebrew and can differentiate Sin(x). It canpinpoint both the Battle of Hastings and the Belt of Orion. It will act as a wordprocessor, a piano and a spirit level. Not bad for a bit of kit that your school didntpurchase and doesnt maintain.Schools dont need ICT. Its coming through our doors every day. We just need toadopt and adapt a little bit. Yorston, 2010
  8. 8. Ofcom, 2010
  9. 9. BYOT“The market is a far better judge of the appropriatepersonal digital technology than any group of „ICTexperts‟”• Technology is chosen by the student and/or family• Personalisation of teaching and learning in and out of school• In-school technology use is an extension of students existing technology use• Respect for student ownership of technology and information stored on it Lee, 2012
  10. 10. BYO?Draft guidelines for a school which wished to permitpupils‟ use of their own personal devices