Bring your own – you’re not using mine!
I am reeling in disarray at the moment! As snow falls outside I am in my favourite coffee shop at a different time from my usual Sunday write my waffle time, my iMac has died and there is foam on the top of my latte! What else can go wrong today :). This week I have been rushing home every evening to be involved in the BYOD4Lchat. After learning so much throughout the week, I thought I had to share my views on this topic by writing this week’s waffle about it. So, get your own device, and let’s get waffling!
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and is usually followed by the words ‘to work’ or ‘to session’. There was a time in the darkest and distance past that educational establishments were the places which had the technology and computers and this was the only place where learners could interact with them. Times have certainly changed and now learners have their own smartphones, laptops and mobile devices and teaching and learning needs to embrace this in order to allow for learners to engage with the learning using their own devices. Within my own teaching sessions, mobile devices and laptops are out and on public display. Although I’m sure these are sometimes not totally used for engaging with the session, they are out and ready to be used if needed. So why should the learners have their own devices with them and how can these be used within the sessions.
Although these are all very positive points, there does exist some negatives to having their own devices within session. Social Media is a distraction – I know this because it distracts me – and it will provide a distract for the learners as well. Snapchats and Tweets are allowed instant access to our attention and these can be problematic within sessions. Having Google instantly available on your desk is great for googling those unknown words – but can again be distracting. Charging is becoming more a problem as more devices appear. I know in my mathematics teaching room there is only a limited number of sockets around the edge of the room and sometimes there is a rush as the learners get their devices plugged in. Connecting to the wifi can also sometimes cause problems.
Despite these last few negatives, I think that it is important that learners are encouraged to bring their own devices to sessions in order to support their learning. As a practitioner, I try to make my session inclusive not only for all learners but now for all operating systems. Hopefully this will not only allow them to use these effectively within sessions but also actively encourage the learners to engage with all aspects of the 5 C’s – Connecting, Communication, Curating, Collaborating and Creating.
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