BYOD

The (Australian) government funding for 1-to-1 computers runs out!  What happens next?

The Digital Education Revolution supplied all Years 9 to 12 students with a laptop, netbook or device in 2009 until 2012.  How can schools can keep this initiative in place when the money has disappeared?  Bring Your Own Device appears to be the focus of discussion.  Sounds easy – students provide their own device, schools don’t spend the money.  But is it as simple as that?

Two papers are worth reading:

  • Dixon, B and Tierney, S. (2012) Bring your own device to school. http://elbprague.org/docs/BYOD%20Whitepaper.pdf
    In spite of sponsorship by Microsoft, this paper appears to present a balanced view of the issues, the changes to network infrastructure, the issues with inconsistency in the classroom and the readiness of the school for this model.

Lee Crockett and Solution Fluency

We were privileged to host Lee Crockett, 21st Century Fluency Project, at our school this week.  Lee asserted that there are new skills necessary for work and life in the 21st century.  He spoke about the reasons that education must change – technology is reshaping employment and the types of work available.  It is most evident in this chart:

job markets

Source: Crockett, L et al (2010). Literacy is not enough. Melbourne, Hawker Brownlow

So what skills are requisite for a successful life?  We must be able to solve problems and think critically, be creative, be information literate, collaborate successfully and “read” and evaluate media.  These are the “fluencies”.

fluencies

How does this translate into teaching and learning?  In this process model, the solution fluency is defined by 6Ds – define, discover, dream, design, deliver, debrief – which scaffolds us through designing classroom tasks.  There’s a catch!  An essential in good learning design is to ensure that the task/ lesson/unit is relevant to the learner. It is well worth watching the video clip on the  Fluencies site.

It works!  The teachers were inspired to spend Day 2 creating a sequence of lessons, relevant to their learners and scaffolded through the solution fluency.  The resulting showcase was inspiring.