Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) are now being encouraged at Wellington East Girls College. Three days into the new year and I have already discovered;
1. When there are more students than computers in your class having a student with a laptop is very helpful (and indicative of the potential cost savings to schools).
2. Printing quickly becomes am issue to be solved, meanwhile either a USB, upload or emailing documents will suffice. Sometimes you still have to print!
3. Connecting to the wireless network is dead simple with Apple equipment, may be an issue for some Androids and needs special attention for Windows. (Nothing too hard but can be frustrating to new students.) Not sure about Linux … yet.
4. As students take notes, pictures and videos in lieu of formal (traditional) note taking in a n exercise book – where do they store it so that they can retrieve it? This is a new skill that students need to acquire i.e. storing information in a way that can be easily retrieved.
This latter point is probably the most important and potentially the most demanding. Rather than dictate an answer I have asked Year 9 and 10 students to think about it, given that over 50% of my Year 9 students captured notes on Smartphones/Touch devices. I will be interested in what they have to say…