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Building an Effective School BYOD Plan


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Schools are needing increasing amounts of expensive educational technology at a time when budgets are shrinking. Many have started to explore BYOD policies - Bring Your Own Device - as a practical solution to integrate cost effective technology into their educational programs.

With the convergence of widespread broadband and the growth of powerful, platform independent web based tools BYOD has finally arrived as an effective educational alternative to other plans that require expensive purchasing and maintenance. Viewed within a realistic perspective of both its benefits and limitations BYOD can provide a workable solution for the many schools seeking to upgrade their educational technology.

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Building an Effective School BYOD Plan

  1. 1. Building an Effective BYODEducational Technology Plan Sam Gliksman Twitter: @samgliksman
  2. 2. Sam Gliksman Director of Educational Technology Consultant and speaker Working with 1:1 and BYOD programs Founder of iPads in Education website Twitter: @samgliksman Email:
  3. 3. what?how? why?
  4. 4. Today’s Objectives Define the characteristics of a 21st century learning environment Develop a strategy for an effective and sustainable educational technology plan
  5. 5. What are our educational goals?
  6. 6. We prepare children for life OUTSIDE school
  7. 7. We live in a time ofEXPONENTIAL CHANGE
  8. 8. Computing power Today’s washing machine has more computing power than all NASAs computing resources when it first landed man on the moon
  9. 9. Capacity Price of 1 gigabyte of memory in 1981? $300,000 Price of 1 gigabyte in 2012? 10 cents
  10. 10. Ubiquity… it’s everywhere Anyone have a cell phone?
  11. 11. Ubiquity… it’s everywhere A recent UK survey reported that children between the ages of 7 and 16 are more likely to own a cell phone than a book
  12. 12. Connected – Social Networking Facebook didn’t exist prior to 2004… Today 1 out of every 8 people on the planet has a Facebook page
  13. 13. If context is important… Children starting elementary school today will graduate in 2024 What will the world look like in 2024? How do we educate and prepare children for a world we don’t know anything about?
  14. 14. Different world. Different students.They’re not the same learners we wer
  15. 15. They’re not the same learners we were…50 hours a week with technologyThey live in a multimedia worldTheir media is all colorThey prioritize visual learningThey learn best through trial and errorThey constantly connect and collaborateThey access information that is live and linked
  16. 16. Different learning styles…What do you do when you open this box? What would your students do? They learn through experience, trial and error
  17. 17. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your educational vision
  18. 18. What should learning look like in the 21st century?
  19. 19. 21st century learning is … Connected © Chris-Håvard Berge
  20. 20. Learn anywhere, any time and from anyone
  21. 21. 21st century learning is… Mobile. Anytime-Anywhere.
  22. 22. 21st century learning is… New Skills and Literacies
  23. 23. Information Literacy (one example) Where do I find information? How do I know it’s accurate? Who wrote it? How do I organize and categorize content? From Name:Don Black Organization:Stormfront City:West Palm Beach State/Province:FL Organization:Stormfront Server:STORMFRONT.ORG
  24. 24. Constant change requires independent learnerswith new skills for changing work environments
  25. 25. 21st century learning is… Personalized © pixietailsboutique
  26. 26. 21st century learning is… Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces © Alfred Kypta
  27. 27. 21st century learning is… Student-centered; experiential
  28. 28. 21st century learning is… Multi-Media
  29. 29. 21st century learning is… © SuttonHoo
  30. 30. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your vision2. Select effective technology access model
  31. 31. 3 Technology access models1. Computer Lab or Mobile Cart Limited access Desktop, laptop, netbook, iPad Usually requires booking Shared equipment School financed School maintained School controlled
  32. 32. Can you afford to keep up…?It took 22 years to sell 55 million MacsIt took 5 years to sell 55 million iPodsLess than 2 years to sell 55 million iPadsHow long will your equipment be relevant?
  33. 33. 3 Technology access models2. One-to-one Technology ProgramsAnytime, dedicated accessDecide on equipmentUsed at school, sometimes homeSchool purchased, parent-financedSchool maintainedSchool controlledUniformity of applications
  34. 34. 3 Technology access models3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)Anytime-anywhere, any deviceMinimum standardsParent financedPersonalizedAlready common in higher education and business (72%)Need to determine if it works for your schoolRequires extensive planning, infrastructure investment and training
  35. 35. … so you thought you were banning them?? ACSD study 69% of US high schools ban mobile devices on campus In schools that ban mobile devices, 63% of students use them anyway 47% say they can text message with eyes closed
  36. 36. … Yes, but how many have a “device”? 5 billion cell phone plans in 2010 worldwide, over 30% are smartphones in USA About 40 percent of younger teens (12-17) in the USA have smartphones 11% of the US population have a tablet computer – and that number is skyrocketing
  37. 37. Will the parents support it? 67% of parents would purchase mobile devices for their children to use in school 66% support use of online textbooks Essential to get buy-in from entire community – including teachers and parents Communicate…develop and deliver clear “Responsible Use” policies detailing usage policies
  38. 38. Why decide on a BYOD policy? Cost effective, right timing School No repairs and maintenance technology More engaged and motivated students demands Typically more robust, up to date and personalized Greater accountability Different learners, different needs Available Over 30% of school IT decision makers now budgets expressing an interest in BYOD But there are also some challenges…
  39. 39. Control is expensive and requires that you own the devicesOld model: Controlled, filtered and exclusive environmentsBYOD model: Uncontrolled and less filtered environments
  40. 40. What about security?Create a separate, segmented network for students that only allows access to the Internet. No internal network access. Do I know you? Only allow access to authenticated users
  41. 41. Digital Divide  Know your population  Poll anonymously  Use savings to buy equipment  Share devices as needed  Access at home?  Devices dropping in price
  42. 42. Platform independent toolsWeb based apps work on most platforms and can accommodate common software needs … and moreCreate online space for sharing and collaboration – that works on all devices including iOS
  43. 43. Monitoring and filtering Web filter provides internet access controls Can impact access speed Authentication enables monitoring Insist on wireless use only
  44. 44. “Responsible Use” policy Where can devices be used and when? Rules for taking home Browsing “do and don’ts” Social networking policies Messaging policies Privacy and safety policies Wireless network only Authentication requirements
  45. 45. Planning your BYOD budgetWireless infrastructure - with capacity for growthWiring and switchesPurchasing (or leasing) school owned devicesOngoing faculty trainingNetwork and traffic management toolsContent filter
  46. 46. Utilize common features Most have apps and audio, many have video Classroom polling and quick tests Podcasting, radio broadcasts Attach probes for measuring data Digital storytelling Email and share any media using Posterous QR codes – quests, book reviews and more Language learning – speaking and reading Creating movies Use on field trips – photos, audio, data Data organization tools (eg. Diigo) Posterous example – sharing media
  47. 47. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your vision2. Select appropriate technology access model3. Invest in wireless infrastructure
  48. 48. Wireless connectivity Essential… robust and reliable Planning bandwidth needs is critical to success Elements to consider:  What connection comes in to campus?  How well is it distributed within campus? Allow for growth As they use more multimedia, you need more download Creating and publishing will need larger upload speeds
  49. 49. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your educational vision2. Decide on student technology model3. Invest in wireless infrastructure4. Create a virtual learning environment
  50. 50. “BLENDED LEARNING”:Virtual, vibrant space for learning and knowledge exchange  blogs, discussion forums, wikis, polls, portfolios, community interaction, live discussions
  51. 51. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your educational vision2. Decide on student technology model3. Invest in wireless infrastructure4. Create a virtual learning environment5. Minimize investment in the 3 S’s
  52. 52. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s: Servers, Storage & Software Incidentals: • Depreciating value • Battery backup • Data backup • Air conditioning • Physical security • Software security • Repair and downtime • Network consultant • Software upgrades Do you have a “server closet”? • Start over - replacement
  53. 53. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s – Servers, Storage & SoftwareCloud computing: supports BYOD or any other tech. program reduces hardware, software and IT costs dramatically adds significant functionality
  54. 54. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s – Servers, Storage & Software
  55. 55. Why Google Apps? Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations etc Free … and powerful Free feature updates Anytime-anywhere access Simple sharing and collaboration Compatibility 40 mill. users, 4 mill. Businesses Did I mention it was free?
  56. 56. Building Your Educational Technology Plan1. Clarify your educational vision2. Decide on student technology model3. Invest in wireless infrastructure4. Create a virtual learning environment5. Minimize investment in the 3 S’s6. Importance of teacher training
  57. 57. The need for training…
  58. 58. Select and train your 15%...
  59. 59. Culture change is most effective swelling fromthe bottom upSend your change agents to conferencesSuccess is contagious. Have teachersdemonstrate and train from withinAllocate time to have workshops at schoolCulture change never happens at a single event- it requires an ongoing commitment
  60. 60. It’s not about the device… it’s what you do with itRemember that today’s technical innovation… quickly becomes tomorrow’s party joke
  61. 61. "If we teach todayas we taught yesterday,we rob our children of tomorrow" - John Dewey
  62. 62. Sam GliksmanEmail: samgliksman@gmail.comTwitter: @samgliksmaniPads in Education community site