If XYZ school district is doing [NAME OF PROGRAM GOES HERE], why can't we? ... The implication is simple--if that organization can implement this successfully, why aren't you--or your department dependent on your placement in the hierarchy--up to the job?
Project ELF-Tech (Extending Learning Forever through Technology)
BYOD project in District 77
This a proposal for the Mankato Area Public Schools to officially adopt a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) project throughout the district. The effort will be identified by the title Project ELF-Tech - with elf having the connotation of a small thing that is both helpful and mischievous.
The primary purposes of the project will be
- to increase motivation and engagement in the classroom
- to help provide access to a wide variety of resources that support differentiated instruction efforts
- to help provide increased student access to school provided e-books, e-textbooks, and Moodle units
- to provide the means for online collaborative work in the classroom
- to develop workable rules and standards for classroom teachers to help manage student-owned technologies
The district has laid the following groundwork to get ready for Project ELF-Tech:
- Assessed the percentage of students with personal technology access.
- Defined the capabilities of personally-owned technologies needed for school work for parents.
- Built the infrastructure needed to support student access with personal devices, including secure wireless network access and on-line tools such as MAPSApps and Moodle.
- Created district policies that do not prohibit the use of student-owned devices, but describe appropriate and inappropriate use (in the ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY).
- Encouraged professional BYOD opportunities though paperless in-services and meetings of teachers and administrators.
- Supported the current, self-initiated use by teachers of student-owned devices in classrooms..
The technology department is asking for volunteers for pilot ELF-Tech projects at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the district. The purpose of these pilots will be to:
- provide experiences that will help long-range development of technology policies in the district.
- provide an assessment of the capacity of the wireless network infrastructure and an upgrade plan based on need
- provide a cohort of classroom teachers with practical experience with using student-owned technology in the classroom who can serve as guides and mentors to other teachers
- Your name, school and position. If you want to participate as part of a group, please provide this information all members of the group.
- What are your goals for you or your group and what might be some activities for achieving these goals? (For example, I would like to use student-owned technologies to improve student writing by increasing the frequency of peer editing with GoogleDocs.)
- How might you assess whether your goals were met?
- What resources would you like the technology department to provide? (Training, supplemental devices, additional wireless bandwidth, assessment help, etc.)
Neilson, Lisa. 7 Myths of BYOD Debunked, T.H.E. Journal, November 11, 2011.