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BYOD, the minilab & digital mastery

ECOO 2012 presentation: from datasphere to minilab to digital mastery

Timothy King

on 3 November 2016

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Transcript of BYOD, the minilab & digital mastery

developing digital literacy through differentiating technology
byod: a reward for fluency
mini-lab: diverse school devices that teach digital fluency
basic labs for beginners
undirected/School Lab/BYOD Edtech
what we have now
where we could go:
randomly instituted
little oversight or training
left to individual teachers, who then off load management due to lack of digital fluency
played as a money saving move
enhances digital divide
no steps to earn/achieve it
unpedagogically supported
School computer lab
for beginners
secure, directed environment
develop familiarity with basic digital fluencies
system designed to slowly open options as skills are demonstrated consistantly
Computers as a learning

& research tool

break habitual use patterns!
Familiarity with personal usage in order to prepare for effective

personalization of technology
Internet as a source of information/not just entertainment
Critical analysis skills
Internet as a collaborative tool
digital citizenship
social computing (social media, cyber bullying, digital footprint awareness)
The goal: to develop digital fluency around something other than an entertainment paradigm
learning evolves into a more open system
(when students demonstrate an ability to cope with it)
Mini-lab Concept
Access to diverse equipment & online environments
an experienced digital coach/digital mentor
development of awareness of personal style in approaching digital fluency
ability to choose effective digital tools to maximize effectiveness of digitally enhanced learning
Mid-level digital fluencies
awareness of various hardware and software approaches to digital access
development of a personalized approach to effective digital skills
ability to self moderate online behavior in a productive manner in an otherwise unstructured environment
effective troubleshooting abilities
The Ideal Digital Learner
technically competent/confident
digitally self-aware (citizen, footprint)
interrogative: questioning of online content
able to maximize effectiveness on a variety of digital tools


a digital skills continuum
What relationship are we developing with digital technology?
Where are the implications of this relationship for education?
How can we integrate digital fluency into schools?
Who Am I?
Olympus EPL
pro quality super portable micro-SLR, bluetooth connectivity to the web, many lenses.
i7 Toshi laptop
my tech has to be fast & enduring
i7 desktop

multiboot: win7/8/OSx/Linux, 32Gb RAM, SSD, 2x4Tb drives
My personal technology choices
Computer Technician
Network Administrator
Computer Engineering Qualified Instructor
The State of Educational Technology
what do I believe about technology?
I got my first computer when I was eleven (1980)
I taught myself to program on it by modding games
I first got on the internet in 1992, I was a regular user by '94
if I'm a digital immigrant, I'm a very early one
we need to be digitally agnostic!
if you don't understand it, it will use you!
what we use influences how we appear digitally
digital clouds?
... or is this technology revolution doing something deeper to us?
web designer
...has it begun to insinuate itself into our very sense of self?
Is technology something that surrounds us?
Follow me on some reflection...
The Shallows
synopsis: We are becoming low attention, widely dispersed thinkers - we are unable to think deeply about anything any more in a world of constant distraction and continual transformation
Shop Class As Soulcraft
synopsis: in a 'creative economy' we value management double talk and consumer based passivity over objective (ie: skills based) learning. It's a world of idiots who say much but can actually do nothing
The Singularity Is Near
synopsis: we are living on the cusp of a change in human evolution that will make the industrial revolution look like a blip. We are on the verge of creating greater than human intelligence, which by its very nature is beyond our ability to comprehend - the world is about to become stranger than we can comprehend
Yes! BYOD as a reward for proven skills!
It isn't the Alpha, it's the Omega!
What is a mini-lab you ask?
The Mini-lab
The next step in our evolution toward decentralized,
technology access in education
bet it isn't this...
The School COMPUTER lab
centrally administrated
heavily intranet dependent
costly to maintain
bloated software image
slow to change
frequent breakage and vandalism (no on-site ownership)
high student to computer ratio (30:1 per student:computer per school)
limited access through school desktop labs
poor digital literacy in staff & students (maintenance and repair is handed to off-site specialists - teachers & students have no chance to develop familiarity or ownership, and have no control)
The Mini-lab
A small grouping of heterogeneous devices around a digitally literate teacher that offer access to digital information, digital creation and online collaboration in a variety of forms
The digital coach (a teacher) maintains and monitors the hardware.
A clear sense of ownership and responsibility (reduces vandalism).
Teachers who want to use the mini-lab must demonstrate sufficient knowledge
(yes, the digital literacy I'm asking for in students must be demonstrated by teachers too)
DCs help to develop digital fluency across staff, administration and students
Imagine a cloud of technology that orbits a digital coach (a teacher who knows the equipment and is exploring and pushing back the boundaries of digital pedagogy). Now imagine empowering that teacher to support their less digitally literate colleagues...
Centralized, remotely board controlled, error prone, limited access desktops
What do you wish your teaching tech-cloud would look like?
cloud computing
personalized electronics
from scarce appliance to personal extension
Any digitally literate person has a tech cloud around them...
i7 Toshi laptop
my tech has to be fast & enduring
My personal technology choices
Steps toward differentiation of educational technology -
- and one of the main reasons edtech seems so out of touch with everything else!
personalization of technology
cloud computing
technical illiteracy
unfamiliarity with technology
generic educational technology
social media
technology assisted individualized learning
The problem:
Educational technology that is poorly optimized to teach digital literacy

Followed by a bad solution:
a desperate grab at BYOD without thinking about the true goal: enabling better learning through effective technological access

more commonplace
size halving while speed doubling every 18 months - Moore's Law keeps happening!
general purpose, cheap, fast, personalized, common...
Where's it going next?
digital empowerment
self-taught, habitual users
digital impoverishment
no coherent development of digital skills
I aim to take Kurzweil's boundless optimism and faith in our technological evolution, Carr's concerns about how we are losing our ability to think in a technological morass, and Crawford's belief in the value of objective skills development in order to build a digital skills curriculum based on increased access to differentiated tools that helps digital natives and immigrants both gain mastery of technology, instead of being habitual users
NEVER as a starting point! It's like buying a car for someone who doesn't know how to drive!
Don't think this is an expensive option,
We're doing the expensive option now!
To spoon-feed students board maintained clones is far more expensive than differentiating technology in order to develop real digital mastery!
... for the full Mini-Lab argument
(that's staff or students)
boundless optimism
transformative technology
he value of objective skillsets
apprenticeship learning - always personalized, hands on and dependent on demonstrable skills
With some invaluable PLN input on BYOD from Andrew Campbell
and Gary Stager
the threat of habitual use creating negative feedback
the blind leading the blind
curriculum continuum of digital fluency
open access to more technology as skills are proven
no more generic, system wide #edtech
digital apprenticeships with clear developmental goals
recognize mastery - these are objective, measurable skills
differentiation of technology leads to deeper mastery
BYOD: highest level of demonstrated digital mastery
Leverage digital mastery to spread deep, meaningful digital literacy
Educational technology for learning digital skills, not ease of management!
More Information:
Centralized IT
no differentiation
no digital diversity
no opportunity to learn variations in technology
irrelevant to the world students are graduated into
results in poor digital literacy
fair in the same way that making all students wear size 5 shoes is fair
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