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The Device Debate in Digital Learning

Webinar:


Panelists
Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Burlington Public Schools (MA)
Bailey Mitchell, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County School District (GA)
Jean Tower, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough (MA)
Sara Hall, Director of Digital Learning Policy, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance held a Project 24 webinar dedicated to one of the great debates in digital learning today: What factors should school districts consider when evaluating decisions about bring-your-own-device/technology (also known as BYOD) or district-purchased devices?

Overwhelmingly, educators who have seen powerful results from effective use of technology say that digital learning is not about the device; rather, it is about teaching and learning. That said, districts must at some point determine which strategy best suits the instructional needs of their learners. Proponents of BYOD point to its cost-effectiveness and the way it allows students to exercise choice over their preferred device. They also point to the fact that BYOD keeps the focus on the teaching and learning, not the device. But detractors raise the issue of students who cannot afford their own devices, and they point to districts that have successfully adopted devices in a systemic manner.

Members of the Project 24 panel of experts shared their perspectives, keeping teaching, learning, curriculum, and instruction at the forefront. Patrick Larkin offered merits for both options and considerations districts should bear in mind when making strategic decisions. Maribeth Luftglass shared her lessons learned from implementing BYOD as well as systemic purchases, and Jean Tower presented arguments in favor of BYOD and issues districts should consider. Sara Hall, director of the Alliance’s digital learning efforts, moderated the discussion.

Supplemental Material

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. www.all4ed.com
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An initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Project 24 is an urgent call to action on the need for systemic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of career and college readiness for all students. It is a one-stop shop of comprehensive district-level planning tools, expert advice, creative ideas, and tangible suggestions from experienced education experts and nonprofit education membership organizations. www.all4ed.org/project24
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>>> HELLO I’M SARAH HALL,
WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR
JOINING US.
I’M DELIGHTED TO MODERATE
TODAY’S DISCUSSION FEATURING
THREE DISTRICT LEVEL EDUCATORS
WHO WILL DISCUSS HOW TO SELECT
THE RIGHT DEVICE AND APPROACH
FOR A SUCCESSFUL SHIFT TO
DIGITAL LEARNING.
THE ALLIANCE BELIEVES THE NEXT
24 TO 36 MONTHS ARE CRITICAL TO
THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN THIS
COUNTRY.
THERE IS A PERFECT STORM OF
INNOVATION.
DISTRICTS ARE ASKED TO ACHIEVE
HIGHER CAREER AND COLLEGE
STANDARDS FOR ALL STUDENTS,
BUDGETS ARE STAGNANT OR
SHRINKING.
PRICE POINTS FOR TECHNOLOGY ARE
DROPPING AND IN MANY STATES THE
DEADLINES ARE LOOMING LARGE.
THIS PERFECT STORM OFFERS
DISTRICT LEADERS WITH AN
OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE THAT THE
PROMISE OF TECHNOLOGY IN OUR
PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS REALIZED YET
THOUGHTFUL PLANS MUST BE IN
PLACE BEFORE THE FIRST DEVICE IS
PURCHASED.
LEADERS NEED TO TAKE A DEEP
BREATH, ANALYZE THEIR SPECIFIC
NEEDS, ALIGN NECESSARY
TECHNOLOGIES TO INSTRUCTIONAL
GOALS AND HAVE A PLAN TO SUPPORT
SCHOOL LEVEL EDUCATORS ALL THE
WAY THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION AND
BEYOND.
WE OFTEN SAY, DON’T FLAP A
LAPTOP ON TOP OF A TEXTBOOK AND
ASSUME TECHNOLOGY WILL SOLVE
EVERYTHING.
INSTEAD, TECHNOLOGY MUST BE USED
AS A TOOL TO IMPROVE INSTRUCTION
TO THE BENEFIT OF EACH AND EVERY
STUDENT.
THAT MAY LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT
IN EACH DISTRICT BUT SUCCESS
COMES WHEN THE PLANNING IS
STRICTLY DESIGNED AND IMBEDDED
INTO SCHOOL REFORM EFFORTS.
TO CAPTURE THE MANY MOVING PARTS
OF DISTRICT LEVEL PLANNING, THEY
DEVELOP THE PROJECT 24 FRAME
WORK TO DESCRIBE SEVEN MAJOR
ELEMENTS OF THE PROCESS WHERE
TECHNOLOGY CAN BE LEVERAGED TO
IMPROVE STUDENT OUT COMES.
WE REFER TO THOSE ELEMENTS AS
GEARS.
YOU CAN SEE THE SEVEN GEARS IN
THIS POWERPOINT SLIDE.
TODAY, OUR GOAL IS TO EXPLORE
TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
GEAR.
WE’LL SPECIFICALLY DISCUSS THE
FACTORS DISTRICT LEADERS SHOULD
CONSIDER WHEN MAKING DECISIONS
ABOUT DEVICES.
WHETHER IT’S THAT BRING YOUR OWN
DEVICE STRATEGY, OTHERWISE KNOWN
AS BYOD.
COMPUTERS ON WHEELS KNOWN AS
COWS OR THROUGH A DISTRICT WIDE
PURCHASE OF DEVICES.
I’M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE TODAY
THE EDUCATORS AND EXPERTS THAT
ARE JOINING US.
HERE IN THE STUDIO I’D LIKE TO
WELCOME PATRICK LARKIN.
HE’S THE ASSISTANT
SUPERINTENDENT FOR LEARNING IN
BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN
MASSACHUSETTS.
HE IS THE COFOUNDER OF THE
CONNECTED PRINCIPALS CHAT ON
TWITTER.
HE HAS BEEN LEADING THE ONE TO
ONE IMPLEMENTATION IN BURIALING
TON, WELCOME.
>> THANK YOU.
>> I’D ALSO LIKE TO WELCOME JEAN
TOWER JOINING US BY PHONE.
ALSO FROM MASSACHUSETTS JEAN IS
THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY FROM
PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF NORTHBOROUGH
AND SOUTHBOROUGH.
WELCOME JEAN.
>> THANK YOU.
>> FINALLY I’D LIKE TO WELCOME
BAILEY MITCHELL.
SHE IS THE CHIEF INFORMATION AND
TECHNOLOGY OFFICER FOR FORSYTH
COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN
GEORGIA.
AND ALSO WORKED AT THE GEORGIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND IS
ONE OF THE FIRST LEADERS TO DIP
HIS TOE INTO THE BOYD WATERS.
THANK YOU.
TO OUR AUDIENCE, IF YOU HAVE
QUESTIONS FOR THIS TEAM OF
EXPERTS YOU CAN SUBMIT THEM BY
USING THE FORM BELOW.
YOU CAN ALSO CONVERSE WITH US
VIA TWITTER AT TWITTER.COM/ALL
FOR ED PROJECT 24 AND USING THE
HASHTAG PROJECT 24.
THIS DISCUSSION CONTINUES OUR
SERIES OF PROJECT 24 WEBINARS
AND MATERIALS RELATING TO EACH
OF THE GEARS INCLUDING PREVIOUS
WEBINARS AT ALLFORED.ORG/PROJECT
24.
THE ALLIANCE DEFINES DIGITAL
LEARNING AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL
PRACTICE THAT USES TECHNOLOGY TO
STRENGTHEN THE STUDENT LEARNING
EXPERIENCE.
THAT INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM
THE USE OF ONLINE COURSE WARE
AND ROBUST DIGITAL CONTENT AND
REAL TIME PROFESSIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT FOR
EDUCATORS.
ON GOING USE OF DAY TO TO
IMPROVE INSTRUCTION AND BETTER
PERSONALIZE LEARNING FOR EACH
AND EVERY STUDENT.
WE BELIEVE THIS HAPPENS THROUGH
THE THOUGHTFUL INTEGRATION OF
DIGITAL CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY
SOLUTIONS, INCLUDING DEVICES IN
THE CLASSROOM.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES A
SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST FACE IS HOW
TO GET THE APPROPRIATE
TECHNOLOGY INTO THE HANDS OF
STUDENTS.
BYOD AND ONE TO ONE ARE TWO OF
THE PRIMARY STRATEGIES DISTRICTS
TAKE.
THERE ARE PASSIONATE BELIEVERS
ON BOTH APPROACHES.
PATRICK, YOU’RE IMPLEMENTEDING A
ONE TO ONE PROGRAM BUT YOU ALSO
TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF BYOD.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET US
STARTED?
>> I WOULD LOVE TO.
I WANT TO THANK ALLIANCE FOR
PROVIDING THIS GREAT RESOURCE.
WHEN WE STARTED A FEW YEARS BACK
WE DIDN’T HAVE SOMEBODY OUT
THERE THAT HAD THIS TYPE OF ROAD
MAP.
IT’S A GREAT RESOURCE AND I HAVE
BEEN READING THE BLOG AND SOME
OF THE EXPERTS ON THERE, IT’S
PHENOMENAL.
EVEN FOR SCHOOLS ALREADY
INVOLVED IN THIS WORK LIKE US.
THANK YOU.
I’LL TAKE ABOUT OUR JOURNEY IN
BURLINGTON.
IT’S A FUNNY QUESTION TO GO
BEFORE YOUR SCHOOL BOARD, FOR US
IT WAS ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO AND
SAY WE WANTED TO PUT A MOBILE
DEVICE IN THE HANDS OF EVERY
STUDENT.
A YEAR BEFORE THAT WE DIDN’T
EVEN ALLOW THEM IN THE SCHOOL.
SO WHEN I SPEAK TO DIFFERENT
DISTRICTS AND TALK TO PEOPLE
IT’S INTERESTING TO GET A SHOW
OF HANDS, HOW MANY OF YOUR
SCHOOL AS LOU CELL PHONES RIGHT
NOW.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, MOST
SCHOOLS ARE BRING THEIR OWN
DEVICE.
THE STUDENTS HAVE IT IN THEIR
POCKETS BUT WE’RE NOT
COMFORTABLE ACCESSING THEM AT
THIS POINT.
THE STUDENTS RECEIVED THEIR
iPADS AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THIS
YEAR.
THEY COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE
EXCITED.
SO THERE’S PICTURES OF THE
STUDENTS HOLDING THEM UP.
JUST TO GO BACK I STILL GET
PHONE CALLS FROM DISTRICTS TO
TALK ABOUT, WE HAVE END OF THE
YEAR MONEY AND WE’RE GOING TO
BUY DEVICES FOR NEXT YEAR.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
AND I’M WHY DO YOU WANT TO GET
DEVICES?
WHAT KIND OF PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT HAVE YOU DONE.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO START WITH THE
WHY QUESTION.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT AMAZES ME
IS THE FIRST QUESTION WE’LL GET
IS WHAT APPS SHOULD I BUY.
I WANT TO KEEP GOING BACK.
THOSE AREN’T THE TYPES OF
QUESTION OF WHAT APPS SHOULD I
BUY.
THE QUESTION WE WANT TO ASK IS
HOW CAN THIS IMPROVE YOUR
LEARNING OUTCOME.
THERE’S A SLIDE THERE WITH A
GOAL FOR BURLINGTON.
STUDENTS WILL EMPLOY TECHNOLOGY
TO INVESTIGATE, CREATE,
COMMUNICATE AND PRODUCE.
THAT’S BEEN A LEARNING OUTCOME
FOR TEN YEARS.
THE CURRENT TECHNOLOGY HAS
CHANGED BUT OUR GOAL HAS CHANGED
A LITTLE BIT OR THE WAY WE’RE
GOING TO REACH OUR GOAL HAS
CHANGED.
SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT I THINK
THAT TEACHERS START WITH
QUESTIONS LIKE WHAT ARE THE
LEARNING OUTCOMES I’M TRYING TO
ACHIEVE IN OUR CLASSROOM AND
THEN FROM THERE, WHAT ARE THE
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES THAT
MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU GET
THERE, GET THERE IN A MORE
ENGAGING WAY AND AGAIN, WHEN I
TALK TO OUR SCHOOL COMMITTEE
ABOUT THIS, AGAIN, VERY
FORTUNATE TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT
WERE OPEN MINDED AND NOT SAYING
THAT WE WERE CRAZY FOR WANTING
TO PUT MOBILE DEVICES IN THE
HANDS OF KIDS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
LEVEL BUT GOING BACK TO OUR
MISSION STATEMENT ABOUT CREATING
LIFE LONG LEARNERS AND TEACHING
RESPONSIBILITY CITIZENSHIP.
YOU CAN’T TEACH RESPONSIBLE
CITIZENSHIP IN THE YEAR 2013 OR
GO BACK AS MANY YEARS AS YOU
WANT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP.
THE WORLD OUR KIDS ARE GOING
INTO IS ONE WHERE THEY’LL BE
USING THESE RESOURCES FOR OUR
WORK.
ALL OF US IN THIS BUILDING CAN
PROBABLY TALK ABOUT HOW WE’RE
USING DIGITAL AND MOBILE
TECHNOLOGIES TO DO OUR JOBS AND
OUR KIDS, IF WE’RE PREPARING
THEM FOR THE REAL WORLD LIKE OUR
MISSION STATEMENT SAYS THEY NEED
TO BE ABLE TO EMPLOY THE SAME
TOOLS THEY’LL EMPLOY WHEN THEY
GET TO THAT WORLD.
NOT GOING BACK A DECADE OR MORE
AND USING OUTDATED RESOURCES.
THAT’S KIND OF WHAT WE’RE IN IN
A LOT OF CASES.
THE BIGGEST KEY I CAN TELL YOU
FOR SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW,
ESPECIALLY HIGH SCHOOLS AND
MIDDLE SCHOOLS.
I HAVEN’T HAD AS MUCH EXPERIENCE
WITH THE ELECTRICAL SCHOOLS AS
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT I
WORKED WITH GRADES K THROUGH 5
AND IT MAYBE TRUE FOR THEM AS
WELL BUT MY POINT IS, GET YOUR
STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THIS FROM
DAY ONE.
THEY CAN MAKE THINGS GO SO MUCH
SMOOTHER FOR YOU.
RIGHT DOWN TO THE TOPIC FOR
TODAY, WHAT’S THE RIGHT DEVICE.
DON’T GO WITH WHAT’S THE RIGHT
DEVICE FOR JUST THE ADULTS IN
THE BUILDING.
IT NEEDS TO BE A LARGER FOCUS.
ULTIMATELY WHAT’S BEST FOR THE
STUDENTS AND IF YOU GET THAT
FEEDBACK, THE STUDENTS WILL HELP
LEAD THE ADULTS DOWN THE PATH
YOU NEED TO GO.
THERE’S A PICTURE OF A COUPLE OF
OUR KIDS WHEN WE WERE IN BOSTON
FOR GETTING READY FOR THIS AND
OUR KIDS WERE PART OF THE
IMPLEMENTATION TEAM.
THEY WERE A CRITICAL PART.
IN MY LAST SLIDE, A PICTURE OF
OUR STUDENT HELP DESK AND
THERE’S A LINK ON THERE.
PEOPLE CAN REFERENCE IT.
THEY’RE CONSTANTLY POSTING HOW
TO THINGS FOR THE TEACHERS AND
ANYBODY ELSE THAT WANTS TO LOOK.
A NEW APP COMES OUT THEY PROVIDE
AN OVERVIEW OF HOW TO USE THE
APP.
WE RUN OUR HELP DESK AS A CLASS
EVERY PERIOD AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
LEVEL.
IF TEACHERS, STUDENTS, OUR
COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE QUESTIONS
ON WHAT’S GOING ON WITH MY
DEVICE, HOW DO I DO THIS?
HOW DO I DO THAT?
THERE’S SOMEBODY THERE FOR
TECHNICAL SUPPORT 24/7.
>> THAT’S WONDERFUL.
>> THAT’S JUST A LITTLE UPDATE
ON HOW WE HAVE GOTTEN STARTED.
I DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE A
WRONG CHOICE WITH THE DEVICE.
THERE’S NOT ONE RIGHT CHOICE.
THE ONLY WRONG CHOICE YOU CAN
MAKE IS NOT GETTING ALL THE
STAKE HOLDERS IN ON THE
CONVERSATION TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT
DEVICE FOR DAY ONE FOR YOUR
SCHOOL.
FOR US, THE REASON WE WENT WITH
ONE DEVICE AND NOT BRING YOUR
OWN DEVICE IS WE THOUGHT FROM A
SCHOOL THAT HAD GONE FROM NO
CELL PHONES TO GOING BRING YOUR
OWN DEVICE RIGHT OFF THE BAT,
THAT WE COULD POTENTIALLY HAVE A
CLASSROOM OF KIDS WITH FOUR OR
FIVE DIFFERENT DEVICES AND THAT
WOULD BE A LOT FOR TEACHERS TO
HANDLE RIGHT OFF THE BAT.
SO WE THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY
IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE ONE
DEVICE, ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS, AND
OWL OUR QUESTIONS CENTERED ON
THAT DEVICE.
iPAD WAS THAT CHOICE.
>> THAT’S GREAT.
I LOVE THAT YOU LEAD WITH THE
STUDENTS.
DID YOU SEE THAT THE TEACHERS
HAD TO SORT OF CHANGE THE WAY
THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT
THEMSELVES IN THE CLASSROOM?
>> YEAH, I THINK IT’S AN
INTERESTING MOMENT.
IT’S ALMOST — IT’S A CULTURAL
SHIFT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BUT
WHEN YOU SAY I’M NOT THE EXPERT
ON ALL THINGS ANYMORE AND IT’S
REALLY HELPED US MAKE THE CHANGE
FROM A TEACHER CENTERED LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT TO A LEARNER
CENTERED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
WHERE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE
LEARNING TOGETHER.
IT’S BEEN REALLY EXCITING ABOUT
THAT.
YOU WALK INTO CLASSROOMS
SOMETIMES OR WALK TO THE STUDENT
HELP DESK AND YOU’LL SEE THE
KIDS TEACHING THE TEACHERS.
AND I THINK THAT’S THE WAY IT
SHOULD BE.
>> THAT’S GREAT.
THAT’S GREAT.
NOW I KNOW YOU’RE VERY ACTIVE ON
TWITTER SO YOU MUST HAVE TO
ANSWER A LOT OF QUESTIONS.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONED THAT
PEOPLE WANT ANSWERED?
>> THE BIGGEST THINGS ARE
TECHNICAL MORE THAN THE ADAPTIVE
CHANGES.
WHAT APPS SHOULD I GET?
WHAT SHOULD I BLOCK?
YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE EDUCATE OUR
PARENTS?
THOSE TYPES OF QUESTIONS AND
THOSE ARE ALL REALLY GOOD
QUESTIONS.
GET YOUR STUDENTS INVOLVED RIGHT
OFF THE BAT NO MATTER WHAT
DEVICE YOU CHOOSE AND START A
ROUTINE SERIES OF PARENT
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES.
WHETHER THEY’RE IN THE EVENING,
DURING THE DAY, ONLINE, MAKE
SURE YOUR PARENTS CAN LEARN WHAT
YOU’RE DOING WITH THESE DEVICES.
IT’S SOMETHING THEY HAVE NEVER
EXPERIENCED IN THEIR LIFETIME AS
STUDENTS SO THEY HAVE A LOT OF
QUESTIONS.
SO THE WHOLE IDEA ABOUT TOO MUCH
SCREEN TIME.
YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT ABOUT THE
SCREEN TIME, IT’S ABOUT WHAT ARE
YOU DOING WHEN YOU’RE ONLINE.
>> THE QUALITY.
>> THE QUALITY OF IT.
EXACTLY.
>> GREAT, THANK YOU.
SO JEAN, I’D LOVE TO TURN TO YOU
NOW.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US WHAT’S
HAPPENING IN YOUR DISTRICT ON
BYOD.
>> SURE.
I’M FROM MASSACHUSETTS.
I’M FROM NORTHBOROUGH,
SOUTHBOROUGH SCHOOL WHICH IS IS
A REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT OF
TEN SCHOOLS AND ABOUT 5,000
STUDENTS.
THE PAST FEW YEARS OUR
CHALLENGES HAVE BEEN IN
INCREASING OUR WIRELESS
CAPACITY, IMPROVING OUR NETWORK
INFRASTRUCTURE AND INCREASING
INTERNET BANDWIDTH SO WE COULD
GET READY OF WHATEVER FLAVOR OF
ONE TO ONE WE WERE GOING TO
ADOPT.
AND REALLY I THINK THE CHALLENGE
FOR SCHOOLS, I’M MIRROR WHAT
PATRICK SAID IS WE FIRST JUST
BANNED EVERYTHING AND WE THOUGHT
THAT IT WAS EFFECTIVE TO JUST
SAY YOU CAN’T BRING YOUR DEVICES
INTO SCHOOL.
BUT THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THAT
IS THE MORE YOU SAY NO, THE MORE
IT JUST GOES UNDERGROUND AND
PEOPLE FIND A WAY TO GET AROUND
THE RULES.
IF YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BRING
THEIR OWN DEVICES, YOU REALLY
DISCOURAGE THOSE SHADOW I.T.
PRACTICES THAT OPEN UP MORE
SECURITY PROBLEMS THAN ALLOWING
THE PERSONAL DEVICES WOULD HAVE
ALLOWED ANYWAY AND FRANKLY I
THINK THAT EVENTUALLY WE’RE ALL
GOING TO BE BYOD.
OUR SECOND RESPONSE WAS REALLY
IN TIGHT CONTROL.
TRYING TO ALLOW ONLY VERY
SPECIFIC USES FOR TECHNOLOGY,
YOU KNOW, THOSE PERSONAL DEVICES
AT ONLY VERY SPECIFIC TIMES.
AND THE I.T. DEPARTMENT WAS
REALLY THE ONE THAT WAS TRYING
TO CONTROL THINGS RATHER THAN
THE LEARNING SIDE OF THE
ENTERPRISE.
I THINK RIGHT NOW WE’RE AT A
GREAT SPOT WHERE WE HAVE TO HAVE
A RESPONSE OF WELCOMING
DISRUPTION.
IT MIGHT BE A JUNGLE OUT THERE
BUT WE HAVE TO WELCOME IT INTO
OUR SCHOOLS.
IF WE DON’T BRING IT IN, WE’LL
NEVER HAVE THE POSSIBILITY TO
CULTIVATE THE FUTURE THAT
WELCOMES BYOD AND NURTURES
RESPONSIBLE USE.
IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT I HAVE A
LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.
I HAVE ANOTHER SLIDE ABOUT WHY
WELCOME DISRUPTION.
I THINK THERE’S REALLY THINGS
THAT COME TOGETHER.
OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HAVE
MOBILE DEVICES.
THEY EXPECT TO USE THEM.
AND NOT ONLY DO THEY EXPECT TO
USE MOBILE DEVICES, THEY EXPECT
TO USE THEIR OWN BECAUSE THEY
PERSONALIZED THEIR OWN DEVICE
AND IT MEANS SOMETHING TO THEM
AND THEY’RE MORE PRODUCTIVE
USING THEIR OWN.
AGAIN, SCHOOLS ARE TRYING TO
MEET ALL THE NEEDS OF LEARNERS
WITH FEWER RESOURCES AND WE HAVE
CLOUD COMPUTING WHICH MEANS WE
DON’T HAVE TO CARE ABOUT WHAT
DEVICE PEOPLE HAVE IN THEIR
POCKETS BECAUSE EVERY DEVICE CAN
CONNECT TO THE RESOURCES THAT WE
HAVE.
>> SO OUR TRANSITION IN GETTING
TO ONE TO ONE HAS BEEN DIFFERENT
AT DIFFERENT LEVELS.
AT THE HIGH SCHOOL WE’VE HAD AN
UNDER THE RADAR BRING YOUR OWN
TECHNOLOGY FOR MANY YEARS.
WE DON’T DISCOURAGE ANYBODY FROM
BRINGING THEIR OWN DEVICES BUT
WE HAVEN’T DONE A LOT AROUND
ENCOURAGING IT YET BECAUSE WE’RE
STILL WORKING WITH THE TEACHERS
IN THE BUILDING TO FIGURE OUT
HOW TO MAKE THOSE DEVICES REALLY
USEFUL WHEN KIDS DON’T HAVE THE
SAME THING IN THEIR BACKPACK.
AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL WE HAVE
BEEN WORKING WITH iPADS IN EVERY
SCHOOL SO THAT WE’VE GOT A LOT
OF DEVICES AND WE’RE AT THE
BRINK OF BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE
AT ONE OF MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
IN THE ENTIRE FOURTH GRADE.
WE’RE WORKING REALLY HARD WITH
THE COMMUNITY AND WITH TEACHERS
IN THE BUILDING FOR STUDENTS TO
BRING THEIR OWN iPAD.
SO WE’RE WORKING WITH APPLE AND
A LOCAL RESELLER SO THAT PARENTS
WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE OPTIONS TO
BUY OR LEASE THE DEVICE.
WE ARE LOOKING AT EQUITY ISSUES
SO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE WILL
PROVIDE THEM FOR KIDS THAT ARE
ON LOWER REDUCED LUNCHES, FREE
REDUCED LUNCH, LOW INCOME.
AND WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE
SOME IN THE BUILDING FOR THOSE
STUDENTS THAT FORGET THEIRS THAT
DAY OR HAVE FORGOTTEN TO CHARGE
IT OR WHOSE PARENTS DON’T WANT
TO PARTICIPATE.
BUT FOR THE MOST PART WE HOPE
IT’S BRING YOUR OWN SAME DEVICE.
AND SINCE WE’RE TALKING TODAY
ABOUT WHICH DEVICE, I’M TOTALLY
WITH PATRICK THAT THE QUESTION
ISN’T ABOUT DEVICE, IT’S ABOUT
WHAT YOU WANT KIDS TO BE ABLE TO
DO.
IF YOU’VE GOT YOUR CONSTITUENTS
TOGETHER, YOUR TEACHERS, YOUR
PARENTS, YOUR STUDENTS AND YOU
HAVE DRILLED DOWN TO WHAT IT IS
YOU WANT THEM TO DO ON THE
DEVICES, YOUR LIST WOULD LOOK
LIKE RESEARCH, COLLABORATE,
PERSONALIZE LEARNING MORE.
ENGAGE STUDENTS.
HAVE ACCESS TO DIGITAL CONTENT
AND SO ON.
MAYBE CONNECTION GLOBALLY.
ALL OF THAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED
WITH WITH WHATEVER DEVICE YOU’RE
THINKING ABOUT I THINK.
IT’S LESS ABOUT WHETHER IT’S AN
I POD TOUCH OR iPAD OR A, YOU
KNOW, A NET BOOK AND MORE ABOUT
WHAT YOU WANT STUDENTS TO DO
WITH IT.
SO THE DEVICE BECOMES A DILEMMA
FOR THE COMMUNITY TO RESOLVE
RATHER THAN A PROBLEM TO SOLVE.
FOR US WE LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE
INSTANT ON.
THE ECOSYSTEM OF APPS AND USES
AROUND IT AND THE FACT THAT WE
WERE ALREADY, FOR THE MOST PART
AN APPLE DISTRICT AND WE’RE
HOPING, I THINK, THAT BRING YOUR
OWN SAME DEVICE IS A
TRANSITIONAL STEP TOWARD BRING
YOUR OWN ANY DEVICE.
BUT OUR TEACHERS I THINK WILL BE
MUCH MORE COMFORTED BY KNOWING
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A
CLASSROOM OF STUDENT WITH THE
SAME DEVICE EVEN THOUGH I’VE
SEEN BRING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL
IN OTHER DISTRICTS AND THAT’S
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO GET TO,
THAT’S A COUPLE OF STEPS AWAY
FROM US.
REALLY WHAT PATRICK SAID IS THAT
A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS HE GETS
ARE TECHNICAL.
WHAT APPS SHOULD WE BUY AND HOW
MUCH BANDWIDTH DO WE NEED AND I
HEAR THAT AS WELL.
WHAT WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON IS THIS
IS ADAPTIVE CHANGE AND IT’S
GOING TO TAKE TIME AND LOTS OF
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
LOTS OF TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND
STUDENTS TOO.
AND PROVIDING THIS TRANSITION
WHERE WE HAVE EVERYONE BRING
THEIR OWN DEVICE BUT IT’S THE
SAME THING, WILL HELP US GET TO
THE POINT WHERE THEY DON’T CARE
WHAT THE DEVICE IS.
>> THANK YOU JEAN.
SO I’M REALLY INTERESTED IN THE
PARENT CONNECTION HERE.
CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE
ABOUT HOW YOU ENGAGE THE PARENTS
AND THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY IN
THIS NOTION OF BRING YOUR OWN
SAME DEVICE.
>> YES, THAT’S A REALLY GOOD
QUESTION BECAUSE BEFORE WE EVEN
GOT TO THIS POINT, I PUT OUT THE
WORD THAT I WANTED TO START A
TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
I GOT LOTS OF PARENTS VERY
INTERESTED AND SIGNED UP AND
STARTED COMING.
WE HAD LOTS OF DISCUSSIONS
AROUND WHY USE TECHNOLOGY.
WHAT WE WANTED STUDENTS TO DO.
HOW WOULD WE GET THERE?
THEY WERE SUPPORTIVE ABOUT
BEEFING UP OUR INFRASTRUCTURE.
I THINK THE PARENTS GRASPED
WHERE WE WERE GOING AS QUICKLY
AS I COULD WANT THEM TO.
THEY HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL
PARTNER GROUP IN ALL OF THIS.
BUT IN ADDITION, IN GETTING
READY FOR THE ONE TO ONE AT THE
FOURTH GRADE, WE HAVE PLANNED
OUT A SERIES OF PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT FOR PARENTS AS WELL.
SO WE’RE DOING EVENING DIGITAL
CITIZENSHIP CLASSES WHERE WE’RE
SHOWING PARENTS YOU KNOW, HOW
THEY CAN LEARN ON YOUTUBE FOR
EXAMPLE AND WE SOLICIT TOPICS
AND DO RESEARCH AND SHOW THEM
HOW THEY CAN LEARN LOTS OF
DIFFERENT THINGS IN LOTS OF
DIFFERENT WAYS FROM THE
RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE STUDENTS
USE.
WE HAVE THEM PLAY WITH THE
LAPTOP AND — I MEAN, THE iPAD
AND USE SOME OF THE APPS THAT
STUDENTS USE SO THAT THEY’RE
MORE CONVERSANT IN IT WHEN THE
KIDS COME HOME AND TO ECO
PATRICK, WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT
THAT THEY’RE STILL THE BOSS OF
THIS DEVICE.
THEY CAN LIMIT SCREEN TIME.
THEY CAN MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS
ARE DOING SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE
AND NOT JUST PLAYING TETRIS.
THAT SHOWS HOW OLD I AM.
IT’S BEEN KEY IN GETTING US TO
WHERE WE ARE.
>> I WAS GOING TO SAY WE SAY TO
THE PARENTS WE OWN THE DEVICE
BUT YOU OWN THE STUDENT.
WE SUPPORT IF THERE’S PARENTS
THAT WANT TO BE MORE
RESTRICTIVE.
THEY HAVE AN ETHICAL REASON OR
THEY’RE UNCOMFORTABLE WE CAN SET
UP DIFFERENT PROFILES FOR
DIFFERENT KIDS.
WE’RE PRETTY OPEN WITH WHAT WE
ALLOW THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO.
THE OTHER THING THAT’S IMPORTANT
THAT JEAN MENTIONED, IT’S ALSO
AN ADAPTIVE CHANGE FOR PARENTS.
AND TO GET OUT TO THE COMMUNITY
THAT WE’RE NOT JUST IN — THIS
ECHOS FROM THE BLOG POST THAT
TERRY WROTE RECENTLY, WE’RE NOT
INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY, WE’RE
INVESTING IN OUR KIDS HERE.
THIS IS A RESOURCE THAT’S GOING
TO MAKE OUR KIDS BETTER.
IT’S NOT ABOUT SHINY GADGETS AND
THROWING MONEY OUT THE WINDOW.
THAT’S A BIG CHANGE THAT
DISTRICT VERSUS TO GET
COMFORTABLE WITH.
WE CAN’T MAKE THIS ONE TIME
PURCHASE OF TECHNOLOGY LIKE WE
USED TO EVERY THREE TO FIVE
YEARS AND WE’RE OKAY.
THIS NEEDS TO BE A REGULAR
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE.
WE’RE GOING TO DEDICATE MONEY
TO.
>> THAT’S GREAT.
I OFTEN THINK ABOUT WHAT THEN
YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT THIS.
WE SHOULD REALLY BE THINKING
ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AS A VERB AND
NOT A NOUN.
THANK YOU FOR THAT.
SO NOW I’D LOVE TO TURN TO
BAILEY MITCHELL.
YOU HAVE BEEN AT THIS FOR QUITE
AWHILE.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR
DECISION MAKING WHEN YOU FIRST
GOT STARTED AND WHAT THE
LEARNING OUTCOMES WERE YOU WERE
LOOKING FOR WHEN YOU FIRST GOT
STARTED WITH THIS PROGRAM?
>> ARE YOU THERE BAILEY?
>> I AM.
I’M SORRY.
WE STARTED WITH OUR BRING YOUR
OWN TECHNOLOGY ABOUT — SINCE
2007.
AND BACK THEN IT WAS MORE OR
LESS AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE
KNEW THIS WAS COMING.
WE DIDN’T NECESSARILY HAVE AN
IDEA OF WHAT SPECIFIC LEARNING
OUTCOMES WOULD BE REALIZED OTHER
THAN JUST TO PREPARE FOR IT FROM
AN INFRASTRUCTURE STANDPOINT AND
KNOW AND SEE THAT STUDENTS
COMING IN AFTER CHRISTMAS BREAK
WERE BRINGING IN A LOT OF NEW
DEVICES AND WE WERE A DISTRICT
AS JEAN AND PATRICK SHARED, THAT
AT ONE TIME HAD JUST COMPLETELY
BANNED ANY KIND OF DEVICE AND,
IN FACT, IN GEORGIA, IT WAS
AGAINST THE LAW TO USE A MOBILE
DEVICE AT SCHOOL.
SO THAT HAS SENSE CHANGED.
BUT WE WERE WATCHING IT AS A
GRASS ROOTS KIND OF THING JUST
WORKING WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL
SCHOOL, A FEW VOLUNTEER TEACHERS
AND WE FORMALIZED IT WITH A
PROJECT WE CALLED OUR TRAIL
BLAZERS WHERE WE HAD SEVEN
SCHOOLS AND ABOUT 40 TEACHERS
WHO WE ALL MET TOGETHER AND JUST
DECIDED THAT LET’S SEE WHAT THE
INSTRUCTIONAL POTENTIAL FOR THIS
COULD BE.
LET’S, YOU KNOW, WORK
COLLABORATIVELY.
LET’S SHARE BACK AND FORTH THE
GOOD, THE BAD, AND EVEN THE UGLY
AS IT RELATES TO IMPLEMENTATION.
WE ASSURE THE TEACHERS THAT
THERE WOULD BE NO REPERCUSSIONS
IF SOMETHING DID GO WRONG.
IN FACT, WE WANTED TO LEARN FROM
THOSE EXPERIENCES.
AND I WOULD SAY EARLY ON WE
FOUND OUT THAT WE — YOU CAN’T
TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT STUDENTS
BY DEFAULT KNOW HOW TO
TRANSITION FROM THEIR
COMMUNICATION, GAMING, WATCHING
VIDEO, SOCIAL USE OF THEIR
DEVICE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TO THE
INSTRUCTIONAL USE OF SCHOOL, USE
OF YOUR DEVICE IN THE CLASSROOM
AND THAT THAT TAKES MENTORING.
THAT TAKES SOME GUIDANCE AND
DON’T JUST HAVE THAT ASSUMPTION
THAT SOMEHOW THE STUDENT WILL
JUST SWITCH BEHAVIOR AND
AUTOMATICALLY ADAPT FROM THE
INSTRUCTIONAL SETTING.
SECONDLY, WE FOUND QUICKLY THAT
A LOT OF THOSE PARTICIPATING
WOULD COME BACK WITH COMMENTS
AROUND — REALLY IT’S ABOUT
GIVING UP CONTROL BECAUSE
HONESTLY IN A CLASSROOM WHERE
THERE MIGHT BE SEVEN DIFFERENT
TYPES OF DEVICES, YOU KNOW, I
DON’T HAVE ANYWAY TO REALLY BE
THE EXPERT FOR MY CLASS ON THE
FUNCTION AND FEATURES OF ALL OF
THOSE DEVICES.
AND THE GIVING UP CONTROL
ACTUALLY ALLOWED THEM THEN TO
STEP INTO A FACILITATOR ROLE
ALLOWING STUDENTS TO BECOME PART
OF THE PROBLEM AND TO HELP — TO
HELP, YOU KNOW, FIGURE OUT
THINGS ON THEIR OWN.
SO IN MY SLIDES — LET’S GO TO
THE NEXT ONE.
YOU’LL SEE ONE OF OUR STUDENTS
SITTING ON A COUNTER AND IT’S —
THIS IS OUR BLENDED APPROACH TO
BYOD WHERE WE HAVE A MIXTURE OF
DISTRICT OWNED EQUIPMENT WHETHER
IT BE STATIONARY IN THE
CLASSROOM OR LAPTOP COMPUTERS
THAT ARE WIRELESS IN CART AND
MOBILE TO A STUDENT THAT HAS
THEIR OWN DEVICE.
AND WE HAVE SAID ALL ALONG, IF
YOU LOOK ON THE NEXT SLIDE,
YOU’LL SEE A STUDENT WITH THEIR
NINTENDO DSI THAT WE DID NOT
WANT OUR INITIATIVE, OUR BRING
YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE
TO BE ABOUT THE DEVICE ITSELF.
WE WANTED TO BE DEVICE AGNOSTIC
IN THAT REGARD.
AND IN THIS SCENARIO WHERE YOU
HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE BRINGING
IN ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF
DEVICES AND THE TEACHER IS NOT
ABLE TO CONTROL THAT KIND OF
ENVIRONMENT, ON THE NEXT SLIDE,
THIS WAS — I HAD WALKED INTO
ONE TEACHER’S CLASSROOM AND
BASICALLY, IT’S — YOU KNOW, WE
HAVE ESTABLISHED THIS OUTCOME OF
RESPONSIBLE USE.
AND THAT WE — THAT WE TRUST YOU
WITH YOUR DEVICE, THAT YOU WILL
ACT RESPONSIBLY WHILE IN CLASS
AND THAT YOU’LL USE THAT DEVICE
APPROPRIATELY.
AND THAT IS ACTUALLY HELPED US
MOVE SOME OF OUR GUIDING
DOCUMENTS LIKE ACCEPTABLE USE
POLICY TO A MORE RESPONSIBLE USE
POLICY.
AND TRUST ISN’T AN ACRONYMN WE
USE OR RECOGNIZING OTHER WORK
AND IDEAS YOU UNLEASH LEARNING
WITH TECHNOLOGY AND STAND UP TO
INAPPROPRIATE USE AND T, TREAT
MYSELF AND OTHERS WITH RESPECT.
SO THAT’S WHAT TRUST MEANS IN
OUR DISTRICT.
AND YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED
HOWELL THE STUDENTS MONITOR EACH
OTHER.
BUT THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN AS A
GRASS ROOTS EFFORT THROUGHOUT
OUR DISTRICT AND WE’RE PROBABLY
AT ABOUT A 60 TO 65% SATURATION
POINT WHERE WE HAVE BYOT GOING
ON IN THOSE CLASSROOMS PRETTY
MUCH ALL THE TIME.
THE — WE THINK THE ADVANTAGE TO
STUDENTS NOT ALL HAVING THE SAME
DEVICE IS THAT IT REALLY
ENHANCES STUDENTS TO THINK
DIFFERENTLY ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD
APPROACH A PROJECT OR TACKLE AN
INSTRUCTIONAL STANDARD AND MAKE
SOME CHOICES AND HAVE A
DIFFERENT OFFERING TOOL BECAUSE
AN iPAD OR A SURFACE TABLET OR
AN ANDROID DEVICE ARE ALL GOING
TO HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY TO OFFER
A SOLUTION OR PROJECT AND THAT
THAT BRINGS OUT SIGNIFICANT
CREATIVITY.
ONE OF THE FOUR Cs THAT WE SEE
QUITE OFTEN AS AN OUTCOME OF
BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY,
COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION,
AND OF COURSE CREATIVITY AS I
JUST MENTIONED AND THINKING MORE
CRITICALLY.
SINCE EACH DEVICE IS DIFFERENT
THE STUDENT CANNOT ALWAYS ASK
FOR THE HAND HOLDING OR COACHING
FROM THE TEACHER TO WALK THEM
THROUGH HOW THEY GET A PROJECT
DONE.
THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TO TAKE ON
SOME RESPONSIBILITY THEMSELVES
AND AT A DEFINITELY MAKES THEM
THINK MORE CRITICALLY ABOUT HOW
TO ACCOMPLISH AN ASSIGNMENT OR
PRODUCE A PRODUCT.
THIS IS NOT GRADE LEVEL SPECIFIC
FOR DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS
MENTIONED.
WE USE BYOT IN GRADES K THROUGH
8 AND WE CONSIDER ANY DEVICE
THAT ASSISTS LEARNING AS A
DEVICE THAT’S QUALIFIED UNDER
THE BYOT.
SO THAT’S JUST A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT HOW WE, YOU KNOW, CAME TO
THE INITIATIVE OF BRINGING YOUR
OWN TECHNOLOGY AND SOME OF THE
OUTCOMES THAT WE FIGURED THAT WE
WOULD SEE AND HAVE A CONTINUE —
AND HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE
THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.
IT’S REALLY KIND OF EXCITING.
YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERESTIMATE
WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO LEARN OR
WHAT MIGHT ACTUALLY SURFACE IN A
BYOT CLASSROOM.
WE FIND THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON
THAT WE WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT
OF THAT GREATLY ENHANCE THE
ACTIVITIES, THE ENGAGEMENT OF
THE CLASSROOM AND IT REALLY IS
ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT AS AN
EDUCATOR YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT
BECAUSE YOU BRING YOUR OWN
TECHNOLOGY TRULY DOES
PERSONALIZE THE CLASSROOM AND A
LOT OF GREAT IDEAS SURFACE AS A
RESULT.
>>> GREAT.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, BAILEY.
I LOVE THE SHIFT FROM ACCEPTABLE
USE TO RESPONSIBLE USE.
I THINK THAT’S TERRIFIC.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT LESSONS YOU HAVE
LEARNED.
IF WE COULD JUST DIVE A LITTLE
BIT MORE DEEPLY INTO THAT GOOD,
BAD, AND UGLY NOTION.
DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF MORE
LESSONS THAT YOU LEARNED?
>> WELL, AS A CFO OR AS A
TECHNOLOGY LEADER, YOU REALLY
DON’T OWN THE SPACE OF STUDENT
OWN DEVICES OR TEACHER OWNED
DEVICES AND BY NATURE, I THINK,
WE’RE BORN INTO THE TECHNOLOGY
LEADERSHIP POSITION AS CONTROL
FREAKS, AS FOLKS WHO ARE THERE
TO KEEP THE STANDARD AND THE
REALITY IS THAT’S NOT AN AREA
THAT YOU WILL HAVE MUCH CONTROL
OVER.
AND THAT’S ONE THING, JUST AS A
TEACHER NEEDS TO STEP BACK AND
KIND OF UNDERSTAND THAT THEY MAY
NOT HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL LIKE
THEY ONCE HAD, SAME FOR A
TECHNOLOGY LEADER.
YOU MAY HAVE TO GIVE UP SOME
CONTROL AND ALLOW FOR MORE
FLEXIBILITY WHICH, YOU KNOW,
ULTIMATELY, I THINK WILL
ENHANCE, YOU KNOW, INKNOW HAVE A
TIFF THINGS TO HAPPEN IN YOUR
DISTRICT.
NIGHTMARE SCENARIOS THAT ADULTS
CAN SIT AROUND AND COME UP WITH
ARE NOT REALIZED.
WE’VE — WE HAVE THAT — USUALLY
IT’S, WELL, WHAT ABOUT THIS.
HAH IF THIS HAPPENS?
AND WHEN WE DO THAT AS ADULTS,
WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT FOR A LONG
TIME.
IF WE MIX THE ADULTS IN WITH
STUDENTS AND HAVE THAT KIND OF
FOCUS GROUP, IT IS A VERY SHORT
CONVERSATION BECAUSE WHAT ONE
THING WE HAVE FOUND IS THAT THE
STUDENTS, YOU KNOW, I THINK,
HELP REASSURE THE ADULTS THAT,
YOU KNOW, THEY KNOW HOW TO —
YOU CAN TRUST ME IN THAT
ENVIRONMENT AND IF ONE OF MY
PEERS IS OFF COURSE, WE SEE IT
AS SUCH A PRIVILEGE AND
SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO DO,
WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THAT
PARTICULAR PEER AND MAKE SURE WE
GET THEM BACK ON COURSE.
AND THEN IT’S JUST IMPORTANT
THAT WE TREAT OUR ADOLESCENTS OR
STUDENTS AS 21st CENTURY
ADOLESCENTS.
WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON THAT AT
A VERY YOUNG AGE.
THEY UNDERSTAND THE TRANSITION
TO THE WORK ENVIRONMENT AND
WHAT’S APPROPRIATE AND WHAT’S
NOT.
IT’S GOOD TO START OFF THE
RESPONSIBLE USE CONCEPT AT A
VERY YOUNG AGE.
SO PATRICK, DO YOU HAVE A
COMMENT?
>> IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT DEVICE
YOU USE IF YOU DON’T TRUST THE
STUDENTS TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
WE HAVE SEEN SCHOOLS SET UP
RULES, NOT JUST ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
BUT THERE’S GOOD ADVICE WITH
TECHNOLOGY, WE SET UP TOOLS
GEARED TOWARD THE LOWEST COMMON
DENOMINATOR BUT THERE’S A
PERCENTAGE OF KIDS THAT WILL
MAKE BAD CHOICES.
WE DO IT FOR TEACHERS AS WELL.
IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT SOME OF
THE DATA FROM THE MAIN LAPTOP
INITIATIVE, THE MOST EXPERIENCE
WITH ONE TO ONE THERE WAS MORE
DAMAGE TO THE DEVICES WHERE THEY
WERE OVERLY RESTRICTED AND
LOCKING THINGS DOWN AND NOT
TRUSTING KIDS.
TRUST KIDS AND GOOD THINGS
HAPPEN.
I’M TELLING YOU.
WHEN YOU GET THE KIDS ON BOARD,
THEY WILL POLICE THEMSELVES.
I REMEMBER TALKING TO THE KIDS
ABOUT — AND BAILEY I’M SURE HAS
THE SAME EXPERIENCE BUT I
REMEMBER TALKING TO THE KIDS A
COUPLE OF SUMMERS AGO AND THE
PARENTS IN THE AUDITORIUM SAYING
WE COULD HAVE CHANNEL 4 NEWS IN
HERE NEXT WEEK BECAUSE ONE OF
YOU MADE BAD DECISIONS WITH ONE
OF THESE DEVICES BUT THAT’S NOT
GOING TO STOP US FROM GIVING IT
TO 1,000 KIDS BECAUSE ONE OF YOU
MIGHT MAKE A BAD DECISION.
THE WORD WAS WE TRUST YOU AND WE
HAVE KIDS THAT ARE WORKING RIGHT
THIS SUMMER AS PART OF OUR
TECHNOLOGY TEAM BEHIND THE
SCENES GETTING THINGS READY FOR
NEXT YEAR.
THAT PARTNERSHIP IS IMPORTANT
SHOWING KIDS YOU TRUST THEM.
IT HAS TO BE IN THE WRITTEN
POLICY AS WELL.
>> THAT’S TERRIFIC.
BEFORE WE GET TO QUESTIONS, I
WOULD LOVE TO ASK IF YOU HAVE
ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THE OTHER TWO
PRESENTATIONS.
>> WELL, I REALLY LOVE THE WORK
THAT FORSYTH HAS DONE WITH BRING
THEIR OWN TECHNOLOGY AND I THINK
THAT THAT’S THE POINT THAT WE’RE
ALL HEADING TO.
SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY NO,
NO, WE HAVE TO HAVE THE SAME
DEVICE AND REALLY I THINK WE’RE
SHOVELING SAND AGAINST THE TIDE.
I LOVE THAT WE HAVE LEADERS LIKE
BAILEY AND FORSYTH TO GET THERE
AHEAD OF US AND PAVE THE WAY AND
LAYOUT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
THE ONE THING I REALLY THINK
ABOUT WITH BYOD IS MAKING SURE
THAT WE HAVE — LIKE BAILEY
SAID — WHERE THEY’RE NOT
FEELING LIKE THEY’RE CONTROLLING
EVERY PIECE OF THE CLASSROOM.
THEY DON’T HAVE TO PROVIDE
SUPPORT FOR EVERY STUDENTS
DEVICE.
THEY’RE WORKING MORE ON THE
CONTENT AND CREATIVITY AND
COLLABORATION.
I THINK WE’LL GET THERE BUT I
DON’T THINK MY PARTICULAR SCHOOL
DISTRICT IS THERE YET.
>> WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS
ALREADY.
I WANT TO REMIND OUR VIEWERS
THAT YOU CAN SUBMIT QUESTIONS ON
THE FORM BELOW, THE VIDEO SCREEN
WINDOW OR BY USING THE HASHTAG
PROJECT 24 ON TWITTER.
SO IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A LOT
OF QUESTIONS AROUND BUCKETS OF
TOPICS.
FIRST I’M GOING TO JUMP TO THE
BYOD FOLKS AND JUST ASK THE
EQUITY QUESTION.
HOW ARE YOU MAKING SURE THAT
KIDS IN LOWER INCOME SITUATIONS
ARE GETTING THE EQUAL PLAYING
FIELD.
JEAN, WHY DON’T WE START WITH
YOU?
>> WE’RE ADDRESSING IT IN A FEW
WAYS.
ONE IS WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE A
DEVICE FOR THOSE STUDENTS ON
FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH.
IF PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD IT, WE
DON’T WANT THAT TO BE AN
OBSTACLE FOR THE STUDENTS TO
ACCESS DIGITAL RESOURCES.
AND FOR PARENTS THAT SIMPLY OPT
OUT AND AREN’T COMFORTABLE WITH
THEIR STUDENT HAVING A DEVICE 24
HOURS A DAY, WE WILL PROVIDE
SOMETHING IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING
SO THEY AT LEAST HAVE ONE IN THE
SCHOOL.
I THINK WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THE
EQUITY THAT WAY, ALTHOUGH, THAT
STILL LEAVES ONLINE AT HOME.
SO WE’RE WORKING CLOSELY TO MAKE
SURE THAT A LOT OF THE
ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE DONE WITHOUT
INTERNET ACCESS SO THEY CAN BE
WORKING AT SCHOOL AND
DOWNLOADING THINGS AND DOING A
CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WORK AND FROM
HOME BEING ABLE TO DO THINGS
THAT DON’T REQUIRE THEM TO GO
ONLINE.
WE DO HAVE PLACES IN THE
COMMUNITY WHERE THEY CAN GET
ONLINE.
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, LOTS OF, THEY
CAN EVEN GO TO THE MALL AND SIT
DOWN AND GO ONLINE BUT
DEFINITELY THE LIBRARY AND OTHER
PLACES.
WE’RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THEY
KNOW WHERE THOSE PLACES ARE TOO.
>> GREAT.
BAILEY.
JOHN IN HAWAII ASKS ARE THERE
EXAMPLES OF BYOD IN SCHOOLS OR
DISTRICTS WITH LARGE POPULATIONS
OF LEARNERS RECEIVING FREE AND
REDUCED LUNCH.
AGAIN THE EQUITY QUESTION.
IF YES, HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO
ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE ISSUES?
WHAT APPROACHES HAVE YOU COME
ACROSS AND EARLY OUT COMES?
SO FORSYTH IS A FAIRLY AFFLUENT
DISTRICT SO OUR FREE AND REDUCED
POPULATION IS PROBABLY NOT LIKE
THAT EXAMPLE.
BUT AROUND EQUITY, WE DO HAVE
HAVE AND HAVE NOT CATEGORIES AS
IT RELATES TO BEING ABLE TO USE
THE DEVICE.
THE WAY THE DISTRICT ADDRESSED
THAT IS WE HAVE EQUIPMENT LIKE
WIRELESS NOTEBOOKS THAT ARE IN
CARTS THAT FILL IN WHEN IT’S
NECESSARY FOR EACH CHILD, LIKE
ONE TO ONE, EACH CHILD TO HAVE A
DEVICE.
TYPICALLY, THOUGH, WHAT WE’RE
DOING IS WE’RE TRAINING TEACHERS
NOT TO GET INTO THE ONE TO ONE.
IF YOU HAVE A CLASS WHERE HALF
OF THE STUDENTS DON’T HAVE A
DEVICE BECAUSE OF THE FAMILY
SITUATION.
YOU KNOW, DISADVANTAGED
ATTRIBUTE AND THAT THEY WORK IN
GROUPS WHERE MAYBE A DEVICE IS
PRESENT AND IT — ONE THING WE
HAVE SEEN AND WHEN WE PITCHED
THIS IDEA TO OUR PRINCIPALS,
PARTICULARLY IN THOSE AREAS
WHERE WE HAVE MORE STUDENTS WHO
ARE LIKELY NOT TO HAVE A DEVICE,
IS THERE’S LESS COMPETITION FOR
DISTRICT OWNED EQUIPMENT IN
STUDENTS ARE BRINGING IN THEIR
OWN iPAD OR NOTEBOOK OR ANDROID
DEVICE, THEN IT FREES UP EVEN
MORE THE DISTRICT OWNED
EQUIPMENT TO FILL IN THE GAP.
BUT EQUITY, IT’S AN INCREDIBLY
IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE ISSUE
FOR BYOT.
SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS,
BUSINESS LEADERS, AND ADVOCACY
GROUPS IN FORSYTH COUNTY.
WE CALL IT OUR BRING YOUR OWN
TECHNOLOGY EQUITY TASK FORCE AND
WE’RE TRYING TO FIND A SYSTEMIC
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TO ENSURE
THAT EVERY CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO
PARTICIPATE.
THAT’S BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR
LITTLE OVER A YEAR.
SOMETHING I WOULD HIGHLY
RECOMMEND THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU
BRING TOGETHER THAT KIND OF
LEADERSHIP AND DON’T NECESSARILY
THINK IT’S JUST THE SCHOOL
DISTRICT THAT CAN SOLVE THAT
PROBLEM ON IT’S OWN BUT MAYBE
WITH PARTNERING THROUGHOUT THE
COMMUNITY THAT THERE MIGHT BE
SOLUTIONS TO GET CLOSER TO THAT
ONE TO ONE ACCESS.
I THINK ACCESS IS GOING TO BE
KEY AND ALMOST ESSENTIAL IN THE
DAY AS HEAD AS IT RELATES TO
HAVING ACCESS TO INSTRUCTIONAL
RESOURCES AND INSTRUCTION.
>> GREAT.
THANKS BAILEY.
PATRICK, I HAVE AN AUDIENCE
QUESTION FOR YOU.
ACTUALLY, TWO OF THEM ONE IS
WHERE DID PATRICK GET HIS
FUNDING?
AND THE OTHER QUESTION IS MORE
AROUND EQUITY AGAIN AND THAT’S
DO YOU ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO
TAKE THE DEVICES HOME?
>> TWO BIG QUESTIONS.
THE FUNDING WAS TWOFOLD.
ONE IS WE’RE VERY FORTUNATE TO
HAVE A LARGE COMMERCIAL BASE IN
BURLINGTON WHICH GIVES US FUNDS
A LOT OF COMMUNITIES DON’T HAVE
BUT WE ALSO LOOKED AT OUR BUDGE
TO CUT BACK ON THING WES DON’T
HAVE TO PURCHASE ANYMORE.
IE, TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS.
WE’RE NOT BUYING ANY NEW SETS OF
TEXTBOOKS.
WE MADE THAT COMMITMENT.
WE HAVE CUT OUT OUR LABS WE USED
TO HAVE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL
FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, ENGLISH,
MATH, USED TO HAVE THEIR OWN
LABS THEY WOULD TYPICALLY GO TO
BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE DEVICES IN
THE HANDS OF ALL STUDENTS WE
HAVE LABS IN EVERY CLASSROOM.
SO WE LOOKED AT PLACES WE CAN
SAY MONEY.
PRINTING COSTS, TONER
CARTRIDGES.
IN REGARDS TO TAKING THE DEVICES
HOME, THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
FROM DAY ONE, SO WE’LL BE GOING
INTO YEAR THREE OF GRADES 9
THROUGH 12 HAVING DEVICES AND
TAKING THEM BACK AND FORTH FROM
SCHOOL.
IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL WE
STARTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
YEAR.
THEY ALL HAVE THEIR OWN DEVICE
TO GET IN THEIR FIRST PERIOD AND
THEY KEEP IT ALL DAY LONG AND
THEN RETURN IT BACK AT THE END
OF THE DAY.
WE’RE WORKING TOWARDS LETTING
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND
OBVIOUSLY ELEMENTARY WILL BE 4
THROUGH 12 THIS YEAR AND THE
GOAL IS IF THIS IS AN
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE NOT TO
LEAVE IT IN SCHOOL.
KIND OF THE INTERESTING THING TO
THINK ABOUT AND JEAN ELUDED TO
THIS A BIT IS WE’RE ALL CLOUD
BASED AND IT DOESN’T MATTER TO
US NECESSARILY WHAT DEVICE
THEY’RE USING TO DO THEIR WORK.
OUR THOUGHT IS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO
ACCESS IT ON ANY WEB ENABLED
DEVICE.
IF THEY HAVE ONE AT HOME FOR THE
MOST PART, IT NOT GOING TO BE A
HUGE ISSUE DOWN THE ROAD SO
WE’RE CAUGHT IN THAT MIDDLE
GROUND RIGHT NOW.
I’D LIKE EVERYBODY TO TAKE THEM
HOME.
THERE’S HURDLES WE HAVE TO JUMP
THROUGH.
JUST LOW LEVEL THING, INSURANCE
COST TO HAVE 3,000 DEVICES GOING
HOME INSTEAD OF 1,000 BUT WE’RE
DOING SO MUCH.
WE’RE A GOOGLE APP SCHOOL.
SO MUCH OF OUR WORK IS DONE IN
THE CLOUDS.
>> GREAT.
I WANT TO GET TO A FUNDING
QUESTION FOR THE BYOD FOLKS AS
WELL.
JEAN, LET ME TURN TO YOU.
FOR BYOD, HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THE
VARIATIONS IN FORM FACTORS?
DEVICE OS AND THE AVAILABILITY
OF APPS AND VARIOUS DEVICE
FEATURES SUCH AS CAMERAS AND
MICROPHONES AND WHILE BOD
OFFERERS SAVINGS AT THE DISTRICT
LEVEL THERE’S COSTS IN MANAGING
SECURITY ISSUES, VIRUSS AND THE
ACCESS AND COST OF THE CELL
PHONE PLANS.
HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THOSE
CONCERNS?
>> IT’S AN INTERESTING THING IN
THAT YOU THINK ABOUT BYOD.
IT’S NOT COST SAVINGS.
IT’S DISTRIBUTES THE EXPENSE TO
PARENTS.
SO PARENTS ARE BUYING THEIR OWN
DEVICE FOR STUDENTS.
BUT THEY’RE DOING IT ANYWAY.
MOST OF MY KID VERSUS A DEVICE
SO IN THAT SENSE IT’S LEVERAGING
WHAT THE KIDS ALREADY OWN.
KNOWING THAT WE’RE INTERESTED IN
ONE TO ONE AND IN OUR HIGH
SCHOOL WE DO ALLOW KIDS TO BRING
THEIR OWN TECHNOLOGY, WE BUILT
OUR INFRASTRUCTURE TO MAKE SURE
THAT THE RESOURCES ON THE INSIDE
OF OUR FIREWALL ARE SAFE FROM
THOSE DEVICES.
SO THEY GET ON THE INTERNET AND
THEY CAN GET OUT TO THE WEB AND
TO THOSE RESOURCES AND OUR
GOOGLE APPS BUT THEIR OWN DEVICE
CAN’T NECESSARILY TOUCH ANYTHING
ON THE INSIDE OF OUR FIREWALL.
SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT
VIRUSS AND SPAMWARE AND THAT
KIND OF THING.
THERE’S A LOT OF THOUGHT AROUND
BUILDING YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE TO
SUPPORT IT.
BUT THE OTHER QUESTION IS HOW DO
WE MENTION THE DIFFERENT FORM
FACTORS AND WE DON’T.
THE STUDENTS WITH THE CAMERA ON
IT AND THEY’RE TAKING PICTURES,
THAT STUDENT TAKES THE PICTURES
FOR THE GROUP AND SENDS THEM TO
THE GROUP.
EVEN OTHER KIDS THAT HAVE A
CAMERA DON’T NECESSARILY PULL IT
OUT.
WHAT OTHER KINDS OF — LIKE SOME
STUDENTS CAN KEYBOARD MORE
EASILY ON THEIR DEVICE.
MAYBE THAT STUDENT IS THE NOTE
TAKER FOR THAT PARTICULAR LAB.
IT BECOMES A MORE COLLABORATIVE
EXPERIENCE AND I’M LESS WORRIED
ABOUT WHAT DEVICE THEY’RE USING
AND MORE FOCUSED ON WHAT THEY’RE
LEARNING.
>> SO JEAN, YOU WERE TALKING
ABOUT THE PLANNING AND THE
FORETHOUGHT WHEN LOOKING AT A
BYOD IMPLEMENTATION, BAILEY CAN
YOU GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO GET
STARTED?
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE THINKING
ABOUT BEFORE YOU EVER START THIS
BYOD JOURNEY?
>> SURE KEY IS INFRASTRUCTURE.
YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE
POPULARITY OF TURNING ON THE
SWITCH SO TO SPEAK.
WE PUT WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE
IN OUR SCHOOLS WITH, YOU KNOW,
AN ESTIMATION THAT WE WOULD HAVE
LIKE HALF OF OUR STUDENTS AT ANY
GIVEN TIME CONNECTED WITH THEIR
OWN DEVICES.
SO WE’RE A DISTRICT SOON TO BE
40,000 STUDENTS AND DURING THE
DAY AT ANY GIVEN TIME WE HAVE
PROBABLY ABOUT 22 TO 26,000
DIFFERENT DEVICES CONNECTED.
AND IMPLEMENTATION AND YOU DON’T
GIVE YOURSELF A GOOD PATH TO
AUGMENT THAT AS YOU GROW, YOU’LL
MAKE THE EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS
AND TEACHERS SLOW AND YOU’LL
LOSE ADOPTION.
STUDENTS ARE USED TO ZIPPY
INTERNET ACCESS FLT WE USED TO
ASK STUDENTS NOT TO USE THEIR
OWN DATA PLAN AND AS WE REWROTE
RESPONSIBLE USE WE REALIZE THAT
STUDENT DOS HAVE THEIR OWN DATA
PLAN AND IT WILL NOW JUST FALL
UP UNDER THE DISTRICT’S
RESPONSIBLE USE PLAN.
SO YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT AT
SCHOOL, LET’S SAY FACEBOOK, FOR
EXAMPLE, IS NOT AVAILABLE.
THAT DOESN’T GIVE YOU, JUST
BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DATA PLAN THE
ABILITY TO GET TO THAT RESOURCE
AND USE IT AT SCHOOL FROM YOUR
PERSONAL DATA PLAN.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD NEED TO
MANAGE AND TRACK THE DEVICES AS
THEY CAME IN.
WE HAD SET UP A PORTAL THROUGH
LIKE AN IMPLEMENTATION WHERE
WHEN YOU LOGGED INTO THE
WIRELESS NETWORK IT WOULD
AUTOMATICALLY BRING YOUR DEVICE,
THIS CONNECTIVITY AND YOU WOULD
HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN
RESOURCES.
WE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE
KIND OF STRUCTURE THAT TEACHERS
WOULD WANT SO THEY WOULDN’T BE
FEARFUL OF HAVING A WILD WILD
WEST ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR
CLASSROOMS AND QUICKLY WE FOUND
OUT THAT REALLY WHAT STUDENTS
PREFERRED WAS THE STARBUCKS LIKE
FREEDOM OF JUST HAVING ACCESS TO
THE INTERNET.
IT’S FILTERED INTERNET ACCESS
FOR STUDENTS.
AND WE SIMPLY THEN RENAMED THE
NETWORK BRING YOUR OWN
TECHNOLOGY AND WE HAVE A
TECHNICAL TERM OFF FROM THE REST
OF THE SECURE NETWORK SO WE’RE
NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT DEVICE OR
MEDIATION AS IT RELATES TO
VIRUSS OR ANY OTHER KIND OF
MALWARE AND THE MANAGEMENT
PIECE, IF YOU THINK ABOUT TRYING
TO KEEP TRACK OF, LET’S SAY,
OVER 20,000 DEVICES ON AT A
DAILY BASIS, THESE DEVICES
CHANGE.
SOMETIMES STUDENTS BRING IN TWO
OR THREE DEVICES.
IT WAS NOT ANYTHING THAT OUR
NETWORK ADMINISTRATORS WOULD BE
ABLE TO CARVE OUT TIME FOR.
SO WE DID NOT CHOOSE TO GO WITH
MANAGED ACCESS.
WE WOULD RATHER TURN THAT MONEY
AND PRIORITIZE IT TO ADDITIONAL
ACCESS POINTS AND PAYING FOR THE
NECESSARY INTERNET ACCESS THAT
WE NEED TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND.
>> THANK YOU BAILEY.
>> CAN I ADD SOMETHING TO THAT.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
THEN I WANT TO GET TO ONE LAST
QUESTION.
PLEASE, GO AHEAD.
>> A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS
WORKING TOWARD KNOWING THAT I
WAS WORKING TOWARD BRING YOUR
OWN TECHNOLOGY AND ONE TO ONE I
ASKED A FRIEND OF MINE HOW TO
ESTIMATE THE BANDWIDTH AND
BAILEY SAID FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU
NEED AND THEN TRIPLE IT.
>> BECAUSE ONCE YOU HAVE IT THEY
REALLY START USING IT, RIGHT?
>> ABSOLUTELY AND THEY BRING IN
MORE THAN ONE DEVICE QUITE
OFTEN.
>> I DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE THIS
LAST QUESTION BECAUSE I THINK
IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
ONES.
EDEN ASKS REGARDLESS OF WHICH
DIGITAL LEARNING APPROACH IS
CHOSEN OR THE DEVICE, HOW ARE
DISTRICTING PLANNING ON TRAINING
AND SUPPORTING TEACHERS.
PATRICK, DO YOU WANT TO GO
FIRST?
>> YEAH, WE TRIED TO RETHINK
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DO
A LOT MORE INFORMAL TRAINING
WHERE THERE’S JUST A LOT OF
TIME.
WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS
BUT WE’LL GEAR A DAY WHERE
THERE’S A BULK OF THE TIME WHERE
A TEACHER CAN INFORMALLY GET
TOGETHER WITH OTHER COLLEAGUES
THAT THEY SELECT AHEAD OF TIME
OR YOU CAN ATTEND A SESSION ON
HOW TO USE A CERTAIN RESOURCE
AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT SESSION,
YOU HAVE A BLOCK OF TIME WHERE
YOU CAN PLAY WITH IT AND WE HAVE
SUPPORT STAFF ON HAND TO HELP
THEM AS THEY START TO GET
COMFORTABLE USING IT.
THE PROBLEM IS, YOU DO A LOT OF
TRAININGS AND THEN YOU GO BACK
TO YOUR CLASSROOM THE NEXT DAY
AND YOU REALLY HAVEN’T HAD A
CHANCE TO GRAPPLE WITH IT OR
CREATE SOMETHING TO USE IN THE
CLASSROOM THE NEXT DAY.
SO KIND OF THE MODEL THAT THE
TEACHERS CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT
TO GO AND HAVE A LOT OF TIME FOR
TEACHERS TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER
ABOUT WHAT’S WORKING AND WHAT’S
NOT.
>> THAT’S GREAT.
COLLABORATION AMONG STAFF TOO.
>> EXACTLY.
>> GREAT.
BAILEY, DO YOU WANT TO TALK A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU’RE
SUPPORTING TEACHERS?
>> MAYBE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
TAKE ON THAT PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT.
YOU KNOW, PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THOSE OPPORTUNITIES HAVE REALLY
TAKEN A HIT WITH THE ECONOMY
BEING THE WAY IT IS AND THE FACE
TO FACE OPTIONS HAVE BEEN
SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN OUR
DISTRICT.
WHAT WE DO THAT IS VERY
SUCCESSFUL IS TAKE TEACHERS FROM
A ADOPTING SCHOOL TO A SCHOOL
THAT’S MORE INTO AND MORE MATURE
WITH BYOT AND ALLOW THE TEACHERS
TO INTERACT WITH STUDENTS AND
TEACHERS AND ESTABLISH A
COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP OF
THE DIFFERENT KIND OF ACTIVITIES
BACK AND FORTH AND GET THE
ASSURANCE FROM THEIR PEERS THAT
THIS IS NOT A NIGHTMARE.
IT’S OKAY TO GIVE UP CONTROL AND
BY THE WAY, HERE’S, YOU KNOW,
HERE’S WHERE I HAVE MY BYOT
RESOURCES THAT I USE AND AS A
DISTRICT, WE TRY TO FACILITATE
MAKING SURE THAT LEARNING
OBJECTS ARE THINGS THAT WORK
REALLY WELL WITH BYOT ARE
READILY AVAILABLE FOR ALL
TEACHERS AT THE DISTRICT SO THAT
THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY’RE
HAVING TO REINVENT THE WHEEL OR
COME UP WITH VERY CUSTOMIZED
LEARNING ACTIVITIES THAT MAY
HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONSTRUCTED
AND HAVE BEEN USED SUCCESSFULLY
IN OTHER CLASSROOMS IN THE
DISTRICT.
SO MAKE THOSE CONGESTIONS I  —
CONNECTIONS IS IMPORTANT.
>> JEAN WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD.
>> YES, WE’RE DOING MORE BLENDED
LEARNING.
WE HAVE CLASSES THAT GO ON FOR
WEEKS.
THERE WILL BE ONLY THREE FACE TO
FACE MEETINGS BUT IN BETWEEN
THERE WILL BE A LOT OF MODULES
ONLINE AND THE MODULES EVEN
CONTAIN LITTLE WEBINARS AND
WHATNOT.
WHAT WE’RE REALLY SHOOTING FOR
IS A TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL SO
WE’RE BUILDING EXPERTISE AND
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR THOSE
TEACHERS TO BE THE GO TO PEOPLE
IN THEIR OWN BUILDINGS AROUND
CERTAIN THINGS.
SO WE HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE, ATLAS
CURRICULUM MAPPING IS SOMETHING
WE DO HERE AND WE HAVE
AMBASSADORS IN EVERY BUILDING.
IF YOU’RE HAVING A PROBLEM WITH
THAT, YOU CAN GO TO ONE OF YOUR
ATLAS AMBASSADORS AND WE’RE
DEVELOPING THAT IN LOTS OF
DIFFERENT WAYS AROUND DIFFERENT
ISSUES.
SO IF I’M A SCIENCE TEACHER AT
THE HIGH SCHOOL, I KNOW WHO MY
GO TO PERSON IS FOR MY
INTERACTIVE WHITE BOARD AND
DOCUMENT CAMERA.
>> THE BLENDING LEARNING MODEL
IS IMPORTANT FOR TEACHERS IN
REGARD TO PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT.
OBVIOUSLY, THE MORE DEVICES IN
THE SCHOOL IS GOING TO ALLOW
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS TO CHANGE
AND THERE’S STATES THAT ALREADY
ADOPTED, STUDENTS MUST TAKE AN
ONLINE COURSE BEFORE THEY
GRADUATE.
I’M NOT SURE A AGREE WITH THAT
PUT I THINK EVERY STUDENT SHOULD
HAVE A BLENDED LEARNING
EXPERIENCE BUT IF STUDENTS ARE
GOING TO HAVE A BLENDED LEARNING
EXPERIENCE THEN THE PD SHOULD BE
CONDUCTED IN A BLENDED
ENVIRONMENT AS JEAN HAS DONE IN
HER DISTRICT BECAUSE TEACHERS
NEED TO GET COMFORTABLE AS
LEARNERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
BEFORE THEY CAN GO TEACH
THEMSELVES.
SO I THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT
POINT.
>> THAT WAS ONE OF THE
MOTIVATING FACTORS.
>> GREAT, WELL, THANK YOU.
SO I HATE TO SAY IT BUT IT’S IN
CLOSING.
I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT EVEN
THOUGH WE SET OUT TO TACKLE KEY
ISSUES IN THE TECHNOLOGY AND
INFRASTRUCTURE GEARS WE TOUCHED
ON OTHER GEARS.
THIS DOES SHOW THE NEED TO PLAN
FOR DIGITAL LEARNING ENSURING
TEACHERS ARE SUPPORTED AND THE
END RESULT IS BETTER LEARNING
OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS.
AGAIN, THIS WEBINAR CONTINUES
OUR PROJECT 24 SERIES.
YOU CAN FIND A FULL ARRAY OF
PROJECT 24 RELATED RESOURCES
INCLUDING OUR FREE
SELF-ASSESSMENT AND WE REALLY
ENCOURAGE ALL DISTRICTS TO
COMPLETE THAT.
IT HELPS TO GUIDE THEM
THROUGH — TOWARD THE PLANNING
FOR THE PROGRESS OF DIGITAL
LEARNING.
DID WE MENTION THOSE PROJECT 24
MATERIALS WERE FREE?
COMPLETELY FREE.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SIGN UP
AND JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT ALL
FOR ED.ORG/PROJECT 24 AND NEXT
MONTH, PLEASE JOIN US AS WE TRY
SOMETHING NEW.
THE DISCUSSION WILL BE THURSDAY,
AUGUST 22nd AND WE WILL USE
GOOGLE HANGOUT TO EXPLORE
STRATEGIES AND BUILD MOMENTUM
FOR DIGITAL LEARNING AS WE HEAD
BACK TO SCHOOL.
IF YOU MISSED ANY OF TODAY’S
DISCUSSIONS IT WILL BE IN
ARCHIVE SOON AT ALLFORED.ORG.
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING IN
THE STUDIO AND JEAN AND BAILEY
ON THE PHONE.
THIS IS A TERRIFIC DISCUSSION.
THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
>> THANK YOU.

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