Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Children today are growing up in a world where technology is everywhere. This technology is not exciting to them as it might be for us, as it is a part of their world and they don’t know what it’s like to live without it.
As a result, children today:
- Prioritise visual learning
- Need to be mobile
- Demand creativity
- Learn best through trial and error
- Constantly connect and collaborate
“The goal with using technology in education is not simply to use technology to reproduce things we could already do without it, but to find entirely new ways to do things that we could not do without it. So while using [tablets] to take notes, read books and look things up online are all worthwhile and valid uses, the really powerful learning will come from getting the students to interact with data, ideas and skills that could not be previously done without them” (chrisbetcher.com).
Technology can help children today prepare for tomorrow’s world. A child starting Kindergarten in 2019, providing they remain at school until Year 12, will not finish until the year 2031. There is no way of knowing what jobs will require of them at that time in such a rapidly changing world. 20 years ago the job of “App developer” was not an option and now apps are being created in high school electives. This technology combined with excellent pedagogy should assist in preparing students with the necessary skills to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. These skills include, but are not limited to:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analysing information
- Curiosity and imagination (Wagner. T. 2010. The Global Achievement Gap)
With mobile technology and online learning platforms, such as Edmodo and Google Apps, it makes it easier to adapt classroom environments to cater for more learning styles.
The Good Shepherd Technology website will keep you up to date with the exciting developments and various uses of technology. The site has been designed to provide information about online safety and current educational practices. There is also a variety of helpful tips and information to support the families involved in BYOD.