When I think about how many schools are struggling with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and practices, I believe we need a new acronym and way of thinking for the use of technology in schools. For students who bring their own devices to school, they use them for non-school, non-learning applications such as texting, Facebooking and other social media applications. When they bring these devices to school, they want to use them in ways they are comfortable with and we, as educators need to show them the learning applications. Indeed, even when students bring their tablets to school, like PlayBooks and iPads, parents are worried they will be playing games in class and being off-task. This is no different from students passing notes or bringing in their Nintendo DS’s to play at school. The teachers who use technology tools at Park Manor have created a culture of respectful digital citizenship for their classrooms and it doesn’t matter what the tools is or whether it’s the school’s or the student’s. Therefore we should be focusing on Technology For Accelerated Learning (TFAL) policies and practices. The more we can show students how technology can support their own learning and make it easier for them, the more buy-in we will get from them.
Remember, it’s about TFAL not BYOD!