BYOD Classroom 2.0

When students show up with their digital devices what do you do?  As a teacher, librarian, professor, principal,- educators need to know how to "discuss/enforce" their classroom policies or create one if there is need to.
How do you decide to develop a school policy for BYOD?  Is it up to the teacher or is it up to the school district?  WHO decides whether the BYOD is punitive policy or a practical teacher/learning engagement policy?  Please comment or post links on what you do when your students show up with their digitial devices in your classroom/school?

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Comment by Roxann Riskin on April 11, 2012 at 6:28pm

Hi Karen,

Thanks for the link to the Forsyth Public Schools. The entire school district has embraced technology and has an active technology plan. It is good to see this as a working dynamic document. Have you found any university  or community college BYOT/BYOD policies or dynamic actionable plans for higher edu students.  I am also researching higher ed policies for this.  My concerns also are with the "digital divide" schools where students don't necessarliy have devices to bring to school.  Chime in! 

Comment by Karen Henke on April 10, 2012 at 11:37am

Hi Roxann,

I've been reviewing web sites, articles, and videos about BYOT from districts and schools around the country. From what I've read, some teachers are doing it ad hoc, but in most cases it requires a policy change. Most districts and schools ban the use of personal technology so the policy change has to happen. Also, requirements for filtering Internet access at schools mean that districts have to think about how students connect to the network using personal devices at school. But once those technical details are determined, the teacher has the opportunity to allow or not allow personal tech devices in their classroom. The most successful implementations I've seen are in classrooms where teachers are rethinking instruction to take advantage of a more personalized, differentiated approach that personal technology may allow. I recommend checking our Forsyth Public Schools and the BYOT site they created.


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