Megan Landbeck, teacher
One of the major benefits that I have found of having BYOD in my classroom is that kids are more efficient. They are able to access information far quicker than they would if they were using the traditional pen and paper.
One of the best lessons I have ever had in watching one of my girl’s writing a narrative. She was word processing it and she quickly flicked from that screen over to the internet where she did some research about clothing in the 1800s – so her text was more authentic. She then switched from that narrative over to the dictionary because she wanted to make sure she was using the best words possible.
Children and students just don’t work like that when they have got pen, paper and have to go in-between textbooks.
It also allowed my student to email her draft over to me and then to another student so that she could get feedback really quickly. It makes the whole process far more efficient and far easier for students to work with.
BYOD supports my students in junior secondary to become self-directed. We use edStudios, so students have access to information at whatever time they require. So they can be online and working at whatever time is more convenient for them.
Neelam Naidu, teacher
All of them were on-board really quickly. We learn a lot from the kids ourselves. There are lots of apps that they know more about than we do.
I think all of our subjects require some sort of word processing and that’s one of the things that the tablets do not have a lot of. So we have to look for good apps that they can do their word processing on, they can save it, print it, email it and do all those things that we can do on our laptops. The kids told us about some of those apps and we just learn from each other.
The C2C is filled with learning objects and other online resources that without the BYOD program students would not be able to access in a timely or effective manner.
When students have their own devices they can go-ahead and work on objects that other students are not working on. BYOD also allows for differentiation in the classroom.
My Year 9 students are currently enrolled in an eLearn classroom that allows them to keep their Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) on file. They also have a journal space where they can add to those and say when they have done activities that have supported and helped them in their PLP learning goals.
Some of the key challenges that I have found in my classroom, with my students, is teaching them to be responsible with technology – what times it’s appropriate to use the device and when it’s time to put it away. I talk to my students about engaging their brain first, decoding the task and then find the effective tool to work with to finish that task off.
One of the other challenges my students have is being able to assess the reliability of any sources that they find online and also being able which tool is more useful for them in the task they are trying to succeed at.