We examine how three different teachers in three completely different communities are dealing with BYOD issues, including trust, equity, and what happens when you try to put student-centered learning in the hands of students who’ve never experienced it.
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to … Continue reading Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning →
By Jennifer Roland At Mankato Public School System in Minnesota, students bring their homework, their lunches, and books to school like most students across the country. But they also bring whatever tech devices they own — and they don’t have to hide it or turn it off when they walk into class. Mankato has joined … Continue reading In Some Cash-Strapped Schools, Kids Bring Their Own Tech Devices →
Flickr:From_Ko Last week, a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cellphones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83% of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said that … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies →
“Instead of wondering what students can do with their devices … district educators ask students to create or brainstorm ways they might use their devices for learning purposes.” What a concept! The quote comes from Jill Hobson, Forsyth County School District’s instructional technology director talking about the district’s “Bring Your Own Technology” initiative in this … Continue reading How Can Students Use Their Own Devices in School? Ask Them! →