The Digitally Infused Teacher

I have been participating for the past 5 weeks in an online class, The Digitally Infused Teacher.  I have learned so much in a short amount of time.  The topic that has really made me pause and think is “Digital Citizenship”.  In the past, I had not given a second thought to using and image, or going into a site like UEN and using content that I found for “free”.  I did not give a second thought to citing my sources like I would in high school or college when a bibliography was a given.

For the start of the school year, I am going to create a twitter account for my FACS class.  I am hoping to have my 8th graders post to this account photos and responses to questions outside of class.  I am also going to have my 7th graders create a Tagxedo about themselves.  I know for me these ideas are baby steps for me but I believe that this will enhance my curriculum and give me the opportunity to talk about being good digital citizens.

I have enjoyed the format of this class.  I like the way the class gives me flexibility each week but still guidelines and a time frame for working.  I hope to participate in more classes like this one.  I have felt like a dinosaur in the digital world and now feel capable of implementing a few of the ideas into my own curriculum.

How Can Schools Best Handle BYOD?

There are advantages and pitfalls for school districts that allow students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  The cost saving for computer equipment for districts is the most obvious reason to BYOD.  However, there are many other factors that must be considered as well.

Having students bring their own device at a basic level entails students signing agreements, learning how to sign in to the school server either as a guest of by a specific account. One reason for students to use their own technology is that they can become better at troubleshooting an issue with their own device.  Student can also work on “lower level thinking assignments” for homework and then be ready for problem solving assignments at school.

As a school district there are many factors to consider for BYOD.  For example, students owned equipment will be on different operating systems and the student information platform will need to be able to handle the devices. Beyond those 2 larger issues, there are “nuts and bolts” of students being able to print, connect to teacher computer, sync files, in general, be able to connect to the devices in the classroom.   Teachers will need to consider different platforms when designing lessons and make sure the information for the lessons are truly independent learning.

Lastly, teachers will need training on various devices for success in the classroom.  Many times this can be accomplished through a network of teachers who become “experts” at certain technology and train/mentor other teachers as well.  This will truly foster the Professionals Learning Community that exists today.

Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”?http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/

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