BYOD is cool in my books. The problem arises when we focus solely on the app or device. That is to say I used to live by the best app first, then the curriculum. I’ve grown over the years and realize the curriculum task determines the app – or apps to use – and not vice versa.
Why, as educators, do we keep buying bulk sets of the same tool? Sure our students will be Apple experts but let’s not forget the fair share Google has in the Android world.
We didn’t all learn to drive in the same car. Just like the piano isn’t the only tool for music.
Here is just another reason why I love twitter:
Like the piano isn't the only tool to learn music, technology shouldn't be about the device or app but embedded throughout. #onted
— Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) November 11, 2014
@mraspinall What a great way to look at technology!
— Ms. Alisha Sims (@AlishaTeaches) November 11, 2014
So, my question becomes “why do we purchase all of the same” ? I understand “bids” and “contracts” for corporate worlds, but we never used to tell our students which pens or pencils they had to use.
We seem to be about inquiry these days. Do you let students inquire about tools and apps? Do you tell them what app to use? Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple. But I also love Android.
And what about those students less fortunate? BYOD in many schools leads to students receiving affordable devices – which are never Apple. Does their device become an internet machine?
I have no answers to these questions. My twitter conversation has me thinking about them. Any insight from others is appreciated.
Piano image courtesy of: https://westallhead.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/back-of-the-queue-piano/