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We are going to implement some BYOT this year. The superintendent would like to know if other schools already doing it provide charging stations? If so, what type?
First, wow, isn’t that neat you have superintendent level support for how BYOT devices will be charged in a school? Goes to show that BYOT is a hot-topic and enjoys top level leadership support. Wouldn’t it have been neat to have that support, I’m sure some are wondering, back in the day when technology integration was being pushed? Of course, BYOT is an idea whose time has come…if you’re not doing it, you’re out of sync.
The Paradox of Teachers and Technology in the U.S., Larry Cuban’s July 30th blog post has been haunting me for the past couple days. (Read it all.) In it he observes:
Teachers–most of whom already use an array of electronic devices at home–are expected to use new technologies in classroom lessons but have little to no say in determining which devices and software they will use and under what conditions. That is the paradox that champions of technology–including philanthropists, software engineers, programmers, and CEOs–fail to understand or if they do understand choose to ignore.
In the day, you had to know all these different technologies to produce a video. Now, with an iPad, it’s a lot easier.
Still, the danger is continuing to use the iPad in the same old way…if we use the SAMR Model, many teachers will start at the substitution level…here’s my remix on that:
Book report example in SAMR:
However, becoming aware models like SAMR, using those in the classroom does restore power to the teacher. Perhaps, not the power to stop the technology from coming into the classroom, but find a way to more authentically engage students with it.
Second, back to the BYOT charging, it’s fascinating what kinds of questions DO pop up. Should the superintendent’s focus be on charging stations or heightening the level of technology use within instruction, not only for classroom teachers but district level curriculum staff?
Note: SAMR related slides in this presentation come from a slideshow I shared last week with school district leaders. The entire presentation with sources and citations may be found here.
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