The video turns into an ad towards the end, but if you ignore that part, it’s still pretty interesting:
This will be the last project of the semester, and the topic is technology integration in education. The project guidelines can be found here. But before we begin, it’s good to think about the issue first.
BYOD and 1:1
What is BYOD? What is 1:1? What was your experience growing up?
Now, re-read this introduction to the debate on BYOD and the arguments from LaMaster and Stager. Please take a moment to reflect on your position on this issue: Should students be allowed to use their own devices in the classroom?
This is a group reading activity. Break into 4 groups; from Group 1 to Group 4, read for the following on pp. 6-7 (and refer to p.5 for an overview of the discussion), and take notes together (with a Google doc?):
Group 1: Where you agree with LaMaster
Group 2: Where you disagree with LaMaster
Group 3: Where you agree with Stager
Group 4: Where you disagree with Stager
The reading activity takes about 10 minutes. When we finish, we will form 5 different groups based on the color of the sticky notes you receive from me. In this second round, please form a coherent argument within your group about the topic (Should students be allowed to use their own devices in the classroom?) and:
- if yes: How does BYOD justify/overcome its weaknesses?
- if no: What alternatives do you propose?
Please write down your responses here.
There are some more readings you can use for reference in this discussion and your Mobile Learning project that follows:
- Mobile Learning: Benefits and Challenges
- Students First, Not Stuff (pages 10-14)
- There’s No App for Good Teaching
- BYOD Blueprint
The project guidelines can be found here or from the menu.
What you need to start considering now is forming groups of (preferably) 4, find a school, and get in contact with teachers there. Specifically:
Find a school. Interview teacher(s) about technology integration there. You only need one school for each group. If for some reason you cannot reach the stakeholders in any K-12 schools, a fallback option is to interview your professors here at UGA about technology integration in their classrooms. Still, K-12 is preferred. You need to turn in a transcript/written record of the interview; the transcript does not need to be word-for-word.
Register your groups with me here.
We start brainstorming for interview questions on Wednesday. Like what we did in the Wonderopolis project, each group only needs to send one person to the class on discussion days.
Here’s a tentative schedule for our project:
- Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
- Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
- Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
- Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
- Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
- Monday, Nov. 14: Group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
- Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
- Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).
Preparing for Wednesday
- As soon as you’ve grouped up, try get into touch with your former school. Also, start thinking about interview questions.
- Looks like I forgot to remind you about your 4th Genius Hour post. Please post it some time this week, before the weekend.
- As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.