Managing Mobile Devices and Learning

Description of SessionHave an iPad but not quite sure how to get productive on it quickly? In this session, we'll explore recommendations for enhancing your productivity (app recommendations!) with the iPad, as well as share implementation guides for management and storing data in a mobile environment. If you haven't explored these issues, this is a must-attend session.

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Managing Mobile from Miguel Guhlin

  1. Learning with the iPad (what it looks like in a school district)
  2. 5 Awesome Examples of How Students Can Use iBooks Author for Learning
  3. Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Criteria for Success
  4. BYOD/T Roundup of Resources (including Responsible Use Agreements and/or Policies)
  5. iPad Cornucopia - Podcast Wisdom from 4 Texas School Districts on Mobile Device Management
  6. Figuring It Out: BYOD Leadership
  7. Banishing the Winter of Digital Discontent - Addressing Common Concerns about iPads as Computer Lab Replacements
  8. Responding to 20 iPad Implementation Questions
  9. Connect your Apple TV to Anything
  10. Content Curation on the iPad
  11. iPad Internet Browser Comparison
  12. Comparing iPad Office Suites
  13. Do It YourSelf iPad Sync/Charge Cart
  14. Embracing Heresy - iPads vs Computer Labs
  15. Part 1 - iPad Deployment - Do Over.
  16. Part 2 - Carts, Cases, and Peripherals, Oh My!
  17. 3 Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with iPads
  18. 5 Tips to Protect Data on iPad and Android Devices

Bring Your Own Technology Resources

Over the last few months, I've been exploring Bring Your Own Device/Technology (BYOD/BYOT) and I thought it might be fun to do a quick "roundup" of blog entries where I mention it.
  • At a time when shrinking school budgets mean that schools will never achieve one-to-one[See Tech Term, below], the resourceful approach involves asking kids to bring their home devices into schools,” wrote ed tech blogger Miguel Guhlin in September. Guhlin is a director of instructional technology services for an urban Texas school district. “As a parent of two children who have their own inexpensive netbooks … I know that these devices grant them MORE access to technology than what they have at school.” (As cited in ATPE's publication)
external image BYOD-Infographic-Design.jpgBYOD certainly puts equity in front of everyone. BYOD remains an imperfect solution if we define "equity" as providing everyone with the same device. If we define equity as the opportunity to raise the achievement level of all students, then isn't the expectation for students to use whatever technologies ARE available to narrow that achievement gap?

For example, in a setting where students are expected to work in groups, rather than compete individually against each other:
  • Ok, how many mobile phones do we have in the room? How many of you have a netbook? How many of you have an iPad? Let's divide these cooperative groups so that each group has at least one person with the device needed to communicate, facilitate collaboration, research, etc.
If we wait for the perfect classroom where every child and teacher will have the exact same technology, we're not only striving for anunachievable ideal in poor, urban schools abandoned by politicians and white flight. We find ourselves also saying that the real world affords us this level of perfect access...and that's not true.

Here's the roundup of blog entries:
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  1. BYOD Criteria for Implementation Success - This covers a list of criteria culled from various BYOD articles. It has a personal and community-edition, the latter, which you can update.
  2. Continuum of Control - This has to be one of my favorite blog entries on the subject, probably because it deals with the leadership issues as well as the technical challenges of BYOD using iOS and other devices.
  3. **BYOT/BYOD - Dealing with the Fallout** - This has to be the most comprehensive blog entry I've put together on the subject and features the wisdom of multiple Texas school districts who have already jumped onto the BYOD bandwagon. It provides a list of questions that every organization considering BYOD has to work through and find its own answers to.
  4. **BYOD with Hiram Cuevas** - If we have questions about what to do to get ready for BYOD, then Hiram Cuevas does a nice job of trying to answer them!
  5. The Road from Banned to BYOD - Those two previous blog entries led to an interview by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) that was published in their publication. You can get a copy of the complete article online.
  6. **BYOD and iPad Filtering Solutions** - What kind of solutions does your school or organization use for BYOD Filtering?
  7. **BYOD Issues with Amazon Kindle** - When you say BYOD, you're swinging the doors wide open to any and all devices. Are schools ready for this inclusive approach?
And, it's worth mentioning that a new hashtag--#BYOTchat-- for BYOT related conversations is now available. Stay tuned for future chats!

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