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BYOD: Positives, Negatives, Cases

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Presentation shared with Colleges-University of Leicester Network Conference 16 June 2015. A look at Bring Your Own Device initiatives in comparison with institutionally-purchased-device initiatives, for mobile learning.

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BYOD: Positives, Negatives, Cases

  1. 1. BYOD: Positives, Negatives, Cases Terese Bird, Educational Designer Leicester Medical School
  2. 2. Bring Your Own Device Photo by speedofcreativity on Flickr
  3. 3. Type into google: socrative student login • https://b.socrative.com/login/student/ • Room: 617809
  4. 4. Positives • Computer power in class without booking PC lab • Parents may be able to furnish more up-to-date items than school can afford • Personalised learning • Quick learner data Photo courtesy of Dave Lawler on Flickr …
  5. 5. Negatives • Distraction • Pupils harass others • Requires good wifi • Study links lifting mobile phone ban with poorer marks for the low-achieving students (Beland & Murphy, 2015)
  6. 6. Beland & Murphy
  7. 7. Tablet v phone Tablet Phone Cannot phone parents Almost everyone has smartphone More like a book, clipboard, folder Cheaper than tablet Can be shared more easily 3G/4G More like a laptop
  8. 8. BYOD v School-purchased device BYOD School- purchased Cheaper for the school Cheaper for the pupil Pupil has exactly the item she wants No digital divide Pupil knows how to use All same platform
  9. 9. Case 1: Leicester Medical School - 1st UK medical school to implement one-iPad-per-student
  10. 10. Case 2: Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College Twitter for independent learning • Economics, English, Maths teachers using Twitter • “I post a lot of articles and links that provide wider reading” • Twitter links to preparation for class debate • Students commented that they like: • Links to videos and graphics illustrating concepts • Receiving the tweet, with notification on phone, outside of class
  11. 11. Encouraging independent study • “I post a lot of articles and links that provide wider reading or links that may help with their Personal Statements. For example, I am about to post a link to volunteering opportunities in Leicester. …They are often as a result of a discussion we have had in class.” • Have you seen evidence, in the students’ Personal Statements, that they have taken heed of the tips and links you’ve shared on Twitter, encouraging their wider reading and development? • “I certainly have seen evidence in their statements as many students talk about books that I have mentioned on Twitter. There is also the occasional example of a student mentioning some voluntary work and when questioned they have said they found the work via a link I tweeted.”
  12. 12. Conclusion • BYOD in schools still controversial • Tablets, iPod Touch have advantage over phones • Culture • Foster in students a mindset of using their skills, devices, online communication habits to enhance their own education — become independent lifelong learners
  13. 13. Thank you! t.bird@le.ac.uk • Beland, L.-P. and Murphy, R. (2015) Ill Communication: Technology, Distraction & Performance, London, [online] Available from: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/ dp1350.pdf (Accessed 15 June 2015). • Walker, R. (2013) ‘“‘I don’t think I would be where I am right now”’. Pupil perspectives on using mobile devices for learning’, Research in Learning Technology, [online] Available from: http:// www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/ article/view/22116/30011 (Accessed 13 September 2013).

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