Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
More and more school boards are adopting their own BYOD policy. Although there are a few cautions to this type of policy, such as security of property, but the advantages are tremendous. BYOD policies allow for collaboration because students can share devices, it adds extra tools to make lessons engaging through differentiated instruction, allows students to be prepared for 21st Century learning and technological fluencies, and encourages cloud storage and/or USB’s in order to go paperless. The flexibility of this type of policy also allows for teachers to use it at their discretion and comfortability. We are in a new educational era where technology is not just a tool, but a source of engagement, creativity, collaboration, and critical-thinking. This is in line with 21st Learning, which encompasses Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, and Critical thinking.
BYOD Tools for the Classroom:
Khan Academy – This site offers a wide array of visually appealing videos for all subject areas, mainly focusing on Math and Science.
Does your school board make it mandatory to have a security app as well? At the hospital our apps require a password or fingerprint every time you exit the app or switch off your screen. We also use apps like Entrust and Blackberry Work for added security for work related emails and external logins due to the access to personal health information.
My school board doesn’t use a third-party app such as the one your hospital uses. Instead, we’re required to have a 6-digit passcode on our phones (as opposed to the 4-digit ones), as well as multiple login prompts to access student information.