Date: 18th September 2014 Venue: Nottingham e-Learning Centre Open to all Coordinators and SLTs, we will focus on the Computing Curriculum and how to link the key areas with cross curricular activities and also take a fresh look at programming.
Look out for the email flyer being sent to schools before the end of term!
If you want to pre-register or would like more information, contact Jan Gray at
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
– for the school of today and the future?
improved technology such as wireless access, the management of devices, volume
purchasing programme (VPP) schools are becoming more serious about finding new
ways to access the resources the web has to offer, to personalize and enhance
the learning experience of their students, to embed IT in a creative way into
lessons and to widen accessibility for all their students.
More and more educational establishments
are choosing or considering a BYOD programme (Bring Your Own Device) to cut
costs due to budget constraints. BYOD allows
students to bring their own smart phone, iPod touch, iPad or other
tablet/device into school. Research
increasingly shows that students already own and use mobile devices. One of the Key Findings of CDWG’s 21st
Century Classroom Report, 2011 states: “Students
study with technology…at home:
of students say they use technology more outside of school than in class
Nearly all students – 94% – say they use technology to study or work on class
assignments at home…”
The variety of devices could be seen as an
advantage as it gives students the ability to choose and use the device they
are comfortable with and when working collaboratively, students can choose the
best device for a given task, switching between devices if necessary.
There are, however, challenges regarding BYOD,
for example, equity, the compatibility of such an array of devices, security
and filtering, and the management of the devices. The main concerns are how to ensure that a
school implements a successful BYOD programme.
These are the questions:
·What are the benefits and
educational goals of the programme? How
will BYOD meet these goals? A question
to ask is: how have previous technologies been embedded in the school? Have they been successful? What lessons can be learnt from previous
·What will be the support from
the major stakeholders i.e. the teachers, and the parents who have purchased or
may need to purchase the devices?
Support is critical as well as clear communication and dialogue for the sharing
information and addressing concerns, for example.
·What devices will be allowed in
school? What devices are not appropriate
for learning? What about devices with
Wi-Fi connectivity only or will the school also allow those with 3G/4G
connectivity? What about the age
appropriateness of the students in relation to the device?
·What will be the usage policies
in school? The debate is not only about what devices will be used but also how
and when they will be used. Some schools
have moved from an Acceptable Use Policy to a Responsible Use Policy which
reflects students being given responsibility regarding how they use their
device. Schools also need to have a
good discussion about whether the students’ devices must connect through the
school filtered Internet. Will the
devices have a mobile filter or a mobile device management (MDM) solution
allowed on them, prior to being allowed in school? How vital is it to control and manage students’
own device regarding access in school?
·IT support needs to be
considered. Who will be responsible if a
device needs maintenance when it is crucially needed for a class activity? What apps could one expect to have on a
device? In addition, how will the device be charged and kept securely?
·Teacher support will also be
vital. Teachers will need to know how to
support lessons across a variety of devices/platforms. Professional development is therefore essential
to discuss ideas about how BYOD can be integrated in their lessons and how to
·One of the advantages of BYOD
is potential financial savings. Schools,
however, need to address fair access for all their students. How much stock will the school purchase to
ensure that no student is left out.
·One cannot emphasise enough how
important excellent wireless connectivity is.
Many early adopters have had their enthusiasm curbed and lessons ruined
because of poor bandwidth. Possibly, a
separate guest (and filtered) access would need to be seriously looked at.
·How will schools retrieve and
use the work completed for assessment and showcasing, for example? BYOD needs to have a meaningful context. In order to access schoolwork and discussions,
as well as collaborate and share ideas and resources, some form of platform
will need to be considered.
Many schools contemplating
BYOD do so in collaboration with a provider who will not only deploy and manage
their programme, but also track how the mobile devices are deployed across the
school, configure policies, settings and restrictions; enable secure access to
resources; distribute and manage in-house or purchased apps. Finally, in the worse case scenario, they
would remotely wipe school assets from stolen or lost devices.
consultant, Marie-Line Antoine, was commissioned by the Nottingham Learning
Trust to produce an e-guide in collaboration with a number of Nottingham City
Schools and the Nottingham e-Learning Centre consultants. The e-guide
contains a variety of recommended websites, resources and apps for
iPads which have been used successfully by the contributors. Please
feel free to download and share this e-guide with colleagues!
you work in foundation or KS1 these books may be useful when you want to
address these sensitive issues.
titles in series 1 cover the concepts of stranger danger, the importance of
telling a trusted adult where you are going, anti-bullying, that people are not
always who they appear to be, cyber bullying and the danger of giving away
personal information on the internet.
books are published by JLSP Associates and more information is available at