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Teaching with Mobile Tech
May 14, 2015 | Volume 10 | Issue 17
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Six Ways to Drive a Successful BYOD Initiative
Let's face it—the various devices that our students use daily are an important part of their lives. Instead of viewing smartphones, tablets, or other technology as a distraction on campus, how can we use these technological tools to provide real learning opportunities during the school day? With increased Wi-Fi access in many districts across the country, even the most reluctant teachers are starting to see the benefits of creating Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. But such programs need proper planning and support.
The overall goal of any BYOD initiative should be to support and enhance student learning. Any use of student-owned devices must be aligned to specific learning outcomes and ultimately improve productivity, research, and students' overall digital literacy.
Before rushing into a BYOD initiative, however, you need to make sure that all students have equal access to mobile devices. By including a variety of devices in your program and incorporating the technology that already exists in your school, you can ensure that all students have the same opportunities to use technology as a learning tool.
Taking full advantage of mobile learning technology requires careful planning. The following are six key drivers of a successful BYOD initiative:
By focusing on these key drivers, any school or district can successfully implement a BYOD initiative.
Eric Sheninger is a senior fellow and thought leader on digital leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP). He also serves as the K–12 director of technology and innovation in the Spotswood School District and was an award-winning principal at New Milford High School in New Jersey. Check out his website at www.ericsheninger.com.
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