ECOO12 – BYOD Panel Discussion

At the recent ECOO12 Conference held  Toronto ON, I had the opportunity to co-host a panel discussion with Ed Doadt, principal at Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School. The panel discussion, which was scheduled at Friday October 26th, 2012   9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  (EDT), focused on the topic of “bring your own device” to school (K-12). The panelists covered a broad range of roles from school administrator, CIO (IT), teacher, student, and Education Officer.

Panelists (listed in seating order)

  • John Shanks, UGDSB
  • Urs Bill, Ministry of Education
  • Tim Hawes, OCDSB
  • James Bond, WRDSB
  • Liz Arbuckle, WRDSB
  • Charlotte Carbone, WRDSB
  • Lisa Unger, UGDSB

Guiding Questions for the discussion

1. Panel Intros: name, role, where is your organization re BYOD  0=leave device at home, 10 = widespread use by students and speakers

2. All – biggest pro, biggest con OK

3. All – Responsible use, digital citizenship promotion

4. IT comment – privacy, infrastructure, bandwidth, some – device management

5. All – How do you feel about open device testing? Where do you see this going?

6. Admin, Student – What skills do you look for in a new hire?

7. Time permitting, audience questions/comments

8. Wrap up


The session was well attended, the discussion interesting and the audience participation in the back channel was great!  Resources from this session are linked below.

BYOD panel discussion audio recording from the Quest Radio 1-24  broadcast.
BYOD panel discussion  participant back channel transcript   from

~Mark & Ed

ECOO12 Chromebook Treasure Hunt

Chromebook  Treasure Hunt

Presentation Slides

~Mark & Ron

Resources: Apple Institute Presentation 2012

Presentation slides

From Idea to Reality

From the Field: Educators in Action

Additional Resources

TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

The WRDSB Responsible Use Procedure (RUP)

The WRDSB Library Learning Commons


Resources for Pre Service Teacher session

From Idea to Reality

Administrator Perspective

From the Field: Educators in Action

Ontario College of  Teachers

OCT Backgrounder
OCT Advisory
OCT Social Media video
My View

Session Notes

Todaysmeet chat
Panel Discussion Notes

Additional Resources

TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

The WRDSB Responsible Use Procedure (RUP)

The WRDSB Library Learning Commons

Book: Stratoshpere by Michael Fullan

Book: from Fear to Facebook by Matt Levinson

Book: Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey

Book: The Connected Educator – Learning and Leading in a Digital World by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall


Fan Fiction For Class?

Here is a simple, yet powerful (Facebook) comment from my daughter, a grade 11 student.

What I know as a parent: My daughter is very passionate about this. She spends hours thinking, planning, writing and revising. When all is well, the posting moment happens with great excitement. Next there is the monitoring: who of my followers  read it? any new readers or followers? Throw in a little advertising via social media tools (twitter and tumblr in this case). Wow! a few new readers and some great feedback. Well – better get going on my next post!!!

Lots of great enthusiasm here – passion, creativity, motivation, self directed learning, standards, authentic audience, and a social element to learning.

And now, to call the question: is there a spot for fan fiction writing in the curriculum?????