Today was the start of a new technology movement at my school; students received BYOT permission slips for a 4th and 5th grade pilot.
BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology (sometimes BYOD - "device")
My students are so excited. They wanted to know when they could bring the device in, how many devices was the limit, and why did we wait so long to start?? (I assured them that the one device they were allowed to bring it would be plenty, and we should be grateful that the pilot didn't start next school year when we would all be gone!)
So why am I excited? "Aren't you afraid of privacy, students wasting time, posting inappropriate things, etc."
When we discuss student misuse of technology, I always wonder about when, if ever, the student was taught about responsible use. The reality of the world our students live in is that technology will continue to enhance the way we live, whether we want to embrace it or not.
I believe it is my role to prepare students to not only be educated and knowledgable but equipped to face the world beyond my classroom.
The video below is a great one from Forsyth County, a district directly north of us.
I have started collecting articles related to BYOT on my Diigo and ScoopIt accounts.
Here are a few resources I found as we begin this journey!
7 BYOD Myths Debunked
BYOD or not to BYOD
Jerry Blumengarten's BYOT/BYOD resource page (follow him on twitter @cybraryman1)
Getting Teachers and Parents Comfortable With BYOT
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.