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BYOD in UK schools: premise, promise, precaution, prediction


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This presentation was part of a workshop I led at the MobiLearnAsia 2013 Conference in Singapore, 2-3 October 2013.

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BYOD in UK schools: premise, promise, precaution, prediction

  1. 1. BYOD in UK schools: premise, promise, precaution, prediction Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation MobiLearnAsia 2013 October 2 – 3, 2013 Singapore Photo courtesy of Dave Lawler on Flickr
  2. 2. What shall we talk about? • Premise • Promise • Case studies • Precaution – Environment – Infrastructure – Cyberbullying Burbank Elementary School by MASCD on Flickr
  3. 3. Premise: Bring Your Own Device – what‟s the idea? • Students have their own devices • Students have their own devices with them in every class • Students‟ own devices are often better than institutional equipment • Students know how to use their own devices • Schools can save money by relying on students‟ devices
  4. 4. What stuff are we talking about? Chronologically… • Featurephones • Cameras • Smartphones • Tablets • Phablets Enquiry-based learning task – Photo courtesy of Ewan Macintosh on Flickr
  5. 5. Promise: How many schools considering BYOD? „Tablets and apps in schools‟ survey, May 2013 632 UK schools (327 primary, 305 secondary) (British_Educational_Suppliers_Association, 2013) 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2012 - 52% 2013 - 67% Percentage
  6. 6. Leicester schools • “Some schools in Leicester are already supporting the use of student owned mobile phones in lessons. There are several drivers that make this a good time for Leicester schools to investigate an expanded and strategic approach to BYOD.”(Fraser, 2012) • Building Schools for the Future Programme • Network infrastructure • Digital Literacy Photo Creative Commons by Charles Rodstrom
  7. 7. How to do BYOD correctly • Know why you‟re doing it • Network infrastructure • Digital citizenship • Communicate expectations • Empower teachers • Autonomy, choice, commonality (Bevacqua, 2012) •
  8. 8. How BYOD is really happening • Teachers notice that students are using mobiles for learning • Teachers realise they can leverage this • Teachers individually allow some mobile use in class • Management begins to consider BYOD • Network infrastructure • Policy
  9. 9. Common BYOD uses • Internet search (Examples of QE1 College and Wirral secondary school) • Camera (can send to Flickr, Instagram or keep personal) • Sound recording (SoundCloud, AudioBoo) • Voting • Cross-platform learning apps
  10. 10. Field work “Tools of the mobile journalism trade” photo by noodlepie, Flickr
  11. 11. QR Codes on field trips &practicals Photo Tbird – taken at Centre for Alternative Technology, Ma chynlleth
  12. 12. Let‟s try it! • Email me one BYOD good or bad point • • Now check
  13. 13. Reading • Try epub instead of pdf • Calibre – Begin with a Word doc – Save as htm – Import into Calibre – Convert to epub – Email it or post on VLE/LMS
  14. 14. Social Media • Twitter – students can follow – Alex Bellos @alexbellos – maths – National Geographic @NatGeo – geography – Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield – astronaut • YouTube – Kahn Academy “When they’re watching a YouTube video, they don’t know that they’re learning; they think they’re just having fun!”
  15. 15. Precaution 1: Consider the environment • Furniture • Power sockets • Wireless network • Special charging lockers Georgia Institute of Technology; photo courtesy of jisc_infonet on Flickr
  16. 16. Consider the environment Cumbria University; photo courtesy of jisc_infonet on Flickr Photo by flickingerbrad on Flickr
  17. 17. Precaution 2: Network infrastructure • 100mb/s • Gigabit Ethernet switches • 1 wireless access point per 20 students (Tablets for Schools, 2013)
  18. 18. Precaution 3: Challenge Cyberbullying with Culture • Encourage good digital citizenship • Have an enforceable „acceptable use policy‟ of mobile devices in school • Must have a cyberbullying policy (SouthWest_Grid_For_Learning, 2013)
  19. 19. What teachers are saying: • “It‟s not stranger-danger anymore we need to warn them about; they might bully each other” • “They probably have already made a Facebook page for their form” • “If you act responsibly, you can use your mobiles”
  20. 20. “We lifted the ban on mobile phones last term because we realised that the students (some 1600) of them had all got powerful computers in their pockets and we just wouldn't be able to afford to provide all of them with that level of technology.” -Graham Parker, Deputy Head and Head of E-Learning, St. Julian‟s School, Newport
  21. 21. Prediction 2011 Provided tablets 2013Some provided tablets, suggested models for purchase by parents 2015 Students fully bring their own Photo by Bjmcdonald on Flickr
  22. 22. Thank you! Terese Bird • Bevacqua, J. (2012). Figuring It Out: BYOD Leadership Implications. Figuring It Out Blog. Retrieved September 25, 2013, from leadership-implications.html • British_Educational_Suppliers_Association. (2013). BESA press release: An increasing number of schools consider “BYOD” | BESA. BESA Website. Retrieved September 25, 2013, from schools-consider-byod • Childnet_International. (2013). Are you a responsible digital citizen? Digizen Online Game. Retrieved September 26, 2013, from • Fraser, J. (2012). Leicester City Schools Taking BYOD Forward | LCC SchoolTech. LCC School Tech Weblog. Retrieved September 25, 2013, from forward/ • SouthWest_Grid_For_Learning. (2013). South West Grid for Learning Trust - Cyberbullying. South West Grid for Learning Website. Retrieved September 26, 2013, from • Tablets_For_Schools. (2013). Choosing a Broadband Solution for School Tablet Schemes | Tablets For Schools. Tablets for Schools Website. Retrieved September 26, 2013, from