Over the next several months, we will be taking on the task of implementing a BYOT program here in Seguin. Although we are several months away from being ready with our wireless infrastructure, I am already looking at other programs and research and trying to reflect upon our experiences implementing the program back in Birdville. What I would like to do is keep something of a journal of our progress here as we go through the process. Hopefully, this will encourage some brilliant folks who visit here to share their insights. Also, it might be something of a learning tool for those who are considering, but not yet ready to give BYOT/BYOD a go.
At this point, there are more questions than answers. Among the questions we will be sorting out before we get the ball rolling…
- What devices will be included as acceptable technology resources?
- How will we meet the needs of students who do not own personal devices?
- How will our current AUP need to be modified?
- What does effective use of student technologies look like in the classroom?
- Will we allow students to use their own cellular data networks or require them to access our network?
- How can we provide technical support to students when trying to use their devices?
- What are some classroom management strategies that will increase the likelihood of success for our teachers and students?
- What professional development will be provided for teachers?
- How will the program be rolled out? High school first? All secondary? District-wide?
- How can a BYOT be successful at a low-income elementary campus, where very few student owned devices are available?
So, any answers?