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“Identifying the problems in education and beginning the search for solutions.” -Dave Shortreed, Coordinator of Digital Technology

Today, Dave Shortreed gave a presentation on how embracing technology can help educators adapt and thrive when meething the changes that are being made to BC Education.

So how can we push forward?  (With change comes challenge)

current shift in education——-> heightened focus on tech integration, collaborative thinking, collective ideas, innovative practice

Shortreed touched on the changing the learning space: teachers are creating a more open classroom by pushing desks against windows (or taking them away) and making room for technology while providing positive atmosphere (taking preventative and proactive measures). What tools fit into an open classroom? SmartBoard, document camera, IPad, Laptop. These tools foster a more inclusive classroom.

An important point that Shortreed brought up was bridging the gap between IT and Teachers. We need to provide SUPPORTS when we bring new technology. Shortreed has even created an iBook to help teachers navigate the iPad: “21st century literacies: an IPad educational resource by Dave Shortreed.”

He suggests that student teachers become familiar with PROJECT BASED LEARNING, Interest groups outside of grade groupings, and the TPACK and SAMR MODELS:Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

We also need to be mindful of how we use technology: it should be all encompassing.

What do you want kids to do with technology: focus on learning outcomes, not applications. Focus on pedagogy, and not on tools.

Technology should be used to: raise awareness, drive change, find answers, take action, change minds.

Shortreed concluded his presentation by posing the following questions to the class:

What are the most apparent problems in eduction?inconsistency within the teaching community (competent vs. uncomfortable)

What can you do to address these problems? (collaborative teaching)

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an innovative aim that will allow for students to use personal computing devices in the classroom. Personally, I think that this is a great idea for two main reasons:

1. Students are able to follow along with course material and save data onto their computers in an organized format (no more crumpled notes), where it is easily accessible for later use-a wonderful tool to help with study skills and time management.

2. Students with learning difficulties are able to use assistive technology as a tool to help guide comprehension and understanding of course curricula; fostering an inclusive learning environment.

However, BYOD has its implications. With social media at an all time high; the temptation for students to “get off track” is tremendous. This creates a conflict for innovative schools: how do you use technology to teach without the classroom becoming all a “twitter”?

I think it should come down to creating solid guidelines and expecting a high level of personal responsibility. Constant monitoring of students is not a realistic approach. Teachers can go over expectations and guidelines, while reminding students that each individual is responsible for his/her own behaviour.  Moreover, if participation is highly valued by the teacher, students are less likely to become distracted (no one truly wants to get caught not paying attention).

BYOD is imminent. A successful transition is dependent on flexibility, adaptability, and a desire for a more open learning environment.

Further reading: This website features plans for personalized learning, including a “how-to” guide to implement BYOD.

sidenote: how do educators handle social media? (ex: friend requests from students and parents)