BYO - tell us about your experiences with BYO in schools
This recent BBC item on mobile phones in schools presents two different perspectives on their impact - the distract pupils vs they are valuable tools to enhance learning.
Do you have experience of BYO and/or smartphone use in schools?
What works and what doesn't? Tell us about your experiences ...
Media repeatedly present technology as either good or bad, but it is the way in which they are used that makes iPads, tablets or PCs effective or limiting tools. As I wrote about iPads in schools before, researchers, tech designers and schools need to work together to maximise effective use of these tools. This goes back to the issue of schools becoming insular, mentioned previously in this thread. We need to tackle the collaboration challenges if we want to see real innovation in schools...
Did you see Neil Selwyn's recent piece on bullshit re educational technology?
Hard to disagree with what he says - and I think the 'rhetoric - reality gap' (Trend, Davis & Loveless, 1999) is a serious problem (and not a new one as you can see from the date of that reference!). As you say Natalia, this is reflected in the hype about mobile devices and the extent to which they are impacting on schools, which contrasts with the major difficulties that we are having in finding potential schools to work with on NP3, which is partly to do with the increasing insularity of schools and perhaps partly to do with there being many fewer schools who are actually embedding ICT effectively across the curriculum (in the UK) than the hype would suggest.
I would love to be proved wrong - so if you know about a (primary) school that encourages the use of mobile phones or other Internet-enabled mobile devices that are brought in from home (BYO) or has effectively implemented a one to one (owned) mobile device strategy then do let us know ...
Trend, R., Davis, N. & Loveless, A. (1999) Information and Communication Technology, London: Letts Education.