I have had two great opportunities to talk about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to support student learning — at the Brock U.Teaching with Technology Showcase (Brock U Faculty of Education) and at the Educon 2.4 event.
The discussions covered considerable territory – benefits, challenges and implications for both pre-service and existing teacher training. In my organization, BYOD is certainly a strategy intended to augment access and not replace Board owned equipment. From an IT perspective, building the right infrastructure with sufficient capacity is a critical path forward to support student learning.
There is certainly a wide range of devices that could support learning. I have been pondering the desired functionality needed in any device to support student learning. Here is my initial take on a function list.
Notes/read: take notes, read common file formats such as pdf and ebook files,
Web enabled: browse web (consume info, research), bookmark, interact with online databases, RSS
Share/Collaborate: write/publish a blog, support wiki use, google docs etc
Digital StoryTelling: capture audio, video, combine with text
Communicate: email, support for standard Social Media tools (FB/Twitter/G+) etc.
Other: good battery life, strong wifi signal
I need your feedback. How thorough is my list? What is missing? Should anything come off the list? What should be added?
Please leave a comment with your ideas, or share an idea with me on Twitter.