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#TheSPChat: BYOD – Embracing Technology, or a Recipe For Disaster?

Join #TheSPChat Wednesday 24th June, to discuss the rising popularity of BYOD in schools

This Wednesday, the 24th June we will be hosting our second #TheSPChat. After the success of our first chat about Assessment Without Levels, we have decided to initiate a second conversation, this time about the rising number of schools employing a BYOD approach.

“Our children have digital limbs, we cannot amputate them at the front door of the school” – Brendan Murphy

BYOD stands for ‘Bring Your Own Device’, a term used to reference the rising trend in the number of schools allowing students to bring their own technology into class. Whether that be smart phones, laptops, or tablets, more and more schools are adopting the approach.

The idea is that students will therefore have immediate access to devices which will help with research tasks, and benefit their learning. Despite this apparent benefit to the approach, the idea had received a mix response, and whilst the approach has had some considerable success in the USA, a number of schools report a decline in progress and results. The worries are that students will become too easily distracted, and that the approach may result in an increase in online bullying and theft.

The topic is contentious, there seem to be as many pro’s as there are cons, and a number of our customers have been asking us if we have heard of any positive (and negative) stories from schools employing BYOD. We would therefore like to open it up to you, and give you the opportunity to discuss the concept.

Whether your school currently employs BYOD or not, you are sure to be able to contribute to the conversation. Your opinion will be valued.


How to participate

1) Log on to Twitter just before 8pm on the 24th June and search #TheSPChat to follow the conversation

2) Respond to our (or other participants) tweets by including the hashtag #TheSPChat in your tweet

3) Enjoy an evening of conversation with like-minded professionals looking to better understand and improve the world of education.

After the conversation we can email participants a summary of what was discussed, and feedback will be given to those teachers/ parents who reached out for help.

We look forward to seeing you there.