While participating in an interesting discussion on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device: students bringing their own personal technology into school for learning) in tonight’s #edchat, I tweeted this:
Was I trying to ignore socio-economic disparities in society? No.
I would, however, like for someone to show me the graph with a straight line correlating income and technology ownership. I would also like to see us simultaneously examine the overflowing examples of similar ‘inequities’ that we tolerate in our systems simply because those processes have been normalized in the hegemony of schooling.
Here are some of the real reasons you shouldn’t do BYOD:
- Social media does not have a place in your school.
- You have not set up a tool (such as Google Apps for Ed., Ning, Edmodo, etc.) to compliment multi-platform use.
- Your staff does not understand why or how someone might use personal technology for learning, collaboration, creativity, communication, organization, and productivity.
- Your curriculum focusses heavily on knowledge transmission.
- Your assessment and evaluation theory and practice are from a bygone era.
- You are test-driven, in a traditional, standardized sense.
- You have rigid and punitive technology policies.
- You don’t have ubiquitous wifi.
- Your leaders don’t get it.
- You do not have enough school devices to supplement students who do not own their own.
- You don’t actively promote all stakeholders as being co-learners.