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Transcript of Social Justice
BYOD in Peel
Across the Board
Teachers For Technology
Socioeconomic reality of Peel - average household income is $79, 146
In Peel there are also 15,000 homes subsidized by the P.A.T.H. program
Although the Peel Board offers tablets at a discounted price, many families are still unable to afford these for their children (in some cases, families don't even have access to a family computer or the internet at home)
My personal experience: Massey Street and the disappearing computer lab
Question: What experiences have you hadin Peel with the BYOD initiative?
Question: In your opinion, what should the role of the Peel Board be in subsidizing technology?
Technology In the Classroom
Top ten reasons to use technology in the classroom:
Students love it
It engages the 4 key components to learning
Easier on teachers
Improves test scores
Helps students with low attention spans
Learn from experts
Encourages completion of homework
Can actually save money
BYOD - The Worst Idea of the 21st Century
A Blog Post By: Gary Stage
Toronto Charities Focusing on Technology
"Helping the Needy Get Nerdy"
Today’s education system is evolving to take full advantage of the potential of mobile technology devices to inspire learning and create independent, critical thinkers. However, with tight budgets, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without the costly burden of purchasing a device for each student.
One potential solution that is being explored is BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device.
This allows students to bring their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones
from home and use them for educational applications in the classroom.
It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that lack sufficient technology
budgets.BYOD takes advantage of the technology that students already own
and are familiar with.
With BYOD, teachers can take full advantage of common features that are found in most mobile devices.
This includes QR codes, digital storytelling, language learning, and probe attachments for measuring data. New technologies are constantly emerging, making BYOD a useful long-term solution for technology integration.
Educators recognize the power of technology tools to support 21st century learning and create an environment that focuses on the “Four Cs” of 21st century education: communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
The use of individual personal devices in a BYOD program highlights the shifting roles of both teachers and students in a technology-rich classroom environment.
Teachers are moving towards a facilitator role as students take more ownership of their learning. However does that statement only exist for the students that have their own device or the students that have access between 8-3 on a Monday- Friday basic?
We now will be entering into the world of the have and have not’s….
BYOD enshrines inequity
: the rich will always have better hardware then the poor who may have none
BYOD simplistically creates false equivalencies between any object that happens to use electricity:
cell phones are not computers.
BYOD narrows the learning process to information access and chat:
looking up someone else's answer to teacher's questions is an impoverished way to conceive of learning. Computers open up far greater vistas than that
BYOD increases teacher anxiety:
letting kids bring devices to class doesn't do anything to help teachers teach.
BYOD contributes to the growing narrative that education is not worthy of investment:
if every kid is responsible for bringing their own device then schools & school divisions are absolved of having to provide computers to kids. This "every man for himself" attitude to student access to technology is anathema to a democracy
"BYOD is a bad policy that constrains student creativity, limits learning opportunities and will lead to less support for education in the future."
How much of this resonates with what you're seeing in your school?
Do you agree or disagree with any of these statements? How would you respond to any of this?
stop at 4:42
1. What do you think will happen with teachers who choose not to participate in BYOD?
2. Do parents know how the devices are being used at school? How can they follow-up at home?
3. Do you think there’s emotional and academic difference between students having access to devices compare to students who don’t? Did you realize a difference or notice the difference in your placement?
“Having technology in the classroom is pivotal,” said Mark Keating, CIO of the Peel District School Board. “It’s pivotal to engage students and to support 21st-century teaching and learning.” to help students prepare for the high-tech jobs of the future.
“A vast amount of information lies outside the classroom. I think technology is the conduit to access that information,” he said. “So if you don’t have technology in the classroom, you’re doing students a disservice. You need to be able to access the information that’s outside those four walls. It doesn’t replace good teaching, but it enhances it.”
"I write often about the benefits of being 1:1. One benefit is certainly the ease of not needing paper, regardless of your learning style. One major reason we decided to go 1:1 was to cater to multiple learning modalities. If you’re an auditory learner, you can record lessons and discussions or listen to your iPad read to you. If you’re a person who learns best by typing, easy; if you’re a person who learns best by hand writing, easy. If you’re a non-linear thinker and need to create layered notes, documents, or projects, easy. There is so much creation that can be done on the iPad, and it is so easy to share work, that we don’t ever seem to need paper.
The students are often thrilled to not have such heavy backpacks now that all of our coursework is accessible on the iPad, and most report that they feel more organized on their iPad than they did with binders and paper."
Ways that technology is being integrated in the classroom:
is the exclusive use of one devise, usually a tablet for one student.
: the lecture or learning goal is posted and the students watch it before class and use the time in class expanding on and mastering the material through collaborative learning exercises, projects, and discussions.
: The student's work is submitted, organized and assessed within a specific program.
igital Planning Tools for Teachers
Day book Pro
• Link lessons, units, curriclum, dates, projects, embed media, handouts….
: Apps with the goal to explain, teach or enable learning within a specific subject. example: Venier video physics.
, Actuate, Anonymous, Accumulate, Addiction, Ambiguity, Awareness
B: Behavior, Broadband,
C: Cite, Contribute, Credit,
, Courtesy, Creative Commons, Connect, Curate, Curiosity, Click
, Disagree, Drama, Digital, Data
E: Ecology, Ethical,
F: Friendship, Fair Use,
, Google, Gadget, Gamify
, Honest, #hashtags, Hack, Hate Groups
I: Introvert, IP address,
J: Juvenile, Judgmental,
, Kindness, Keep
, Legal, License, Lurking, Log-In
M: Mutual, Modesty,
, Media, Mash, Meme
, Node, Navigate, Nigerian Prince
, Observe, Offend
P: Propriety, Publish, Purpose, Parenting,
, Perspective, Phishing, Plagiarize, Password
R: Respect, Research,
, Reddit, Remix
, Snapchat, Share, Save, Safety, Sarcasm, Superficial, Spam
T: Time-Management, Tweet, Text,
V: Visible, Value,
, We, Wikipedia
, YouTube, Youth
Apps used: Schoology, - Notability - Explain Everything - Google Drive - iMovie - Venier Video Physics
's of Digital Citizenship in the Classroom
The Vernier app allows us to analyze the motion of an object directly from a video. The app initially collects position and time data, which it then uses to determine the objects velocity and acceleration. This data is then graphed and presented so that students can directly compare position vs time graphs with velocity vs time graphs, yielding a much more interactive experience with the data. Often graphs seem abstract, but the presence of the video puts the graphs in context, which allows students to draw more meaningful correlations in the data.
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Sky's the Limit
Service providing under-resourced youth with laptops.
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