Classroom Management in 1:1 and BYOD Classrooms

Guest Blog Post by Mason, Learning Ambassador

As a new instructional coach at a 1:1 high school campus, I am always looking to learn and grow so that I can offer teachers the best advice to help improving teaching and learning with technology. Our campus deployed iPads 1:1 in October of 2016, and one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced are the unique classroom management needs in a 1:1 classroom.

5 Tough Questions to Ask When Implementing 1:1 or BYOD

Has your school gone 1:1? Or are headed that way? Often, with technology comes a great deal of change, a fair amount of resistance, and an abundance of questions. However, when done right, a 1:1 is well worth the effort.

To help ensure your school or district is set up for success from the start, we’ve compiled a few quick tips to set expectations and minimize potential pitfalls.

  1. What’s the Goal of the Initiative?
    We’re big fans of educational technology, but the addition of technology as a standalone isn’t enough. It’s important to set a goal for your devices that is focused on learning. In the words of Andrew Marcinek, a school CIO and former Director of Technology, in a recent Edutopia article:

    “A 1:1 environment should be the goal of every learning institution; however, this is not about devices, it's about access. I imagine every school superintendent, principal, and teacher would agree that it is in their best interest to provide their students with the best access to the most current, scholarly information available.”

    Without a focus on learning, a 1:1 initiative has the potential to be underutilized as well as fail to ultimately impact student success. If you haven’t already set such a goal, take a hard look at the technology in your district, 1:1 initiative or not, and see where changes can be made.

  2. How Will You Ensure Devices are Used?
    As with any initiative or project, there is a learning curve. Keep this in mind, and support your teachers’ success with professional development opportunities and time to integrate new tools into their lessons. It’s also important to not demand that the devices be used at all times, while still encouraging use when appropriate.

    Setting up expectations, supporting teachers with needed training, and checking in with them on how it’s going and any further professional development needs can make all the difference.

    Related Resource: How Do We Plan with Purpose? A Look at Effective PD
     
  3. What is the Devices’ Role in the Classroom?
    A device is no replacement for a quality teacher, and it shouldn’t be treated as one. A device is a tool, just like an old chalkboard, not-quite-as-old whiteboard, or a calculator. Work with teachers to make them feel comfortable with the device, understand the benefits the available technology provides, and provide practical ideas that show how the device can be successfully used in the classroom.

    Related resource: Evaluating Technology Resources

Oklahoma City Public Schools Go Above & Beyond with 1:1 Devices & PD

Oklahoma City Public Schools has partnered with Apple Inc. and their ConnectEd iPad Program to provide every Arthur Elementary School’s 600+ students with a new iPad. Access to such devices not only builds students' critical technology skills, but ensures they have the opportunity to learn in the ways that work best for them.

Rhonda Schroeder, Principal at Arthur Elementary, is taking her district above and beyond standards with the help of the incredible teachers and staff that she works with.  Before moving forward with the 1:1 iPad initiative, Schroeder asked her staff if this was something they wanted to do, knowing that it would take a lot of hard work, and nearly every single one of them responded “YES”!

Myth: If you build it, they will come

Despite its effectiveness in the Field of Dreams baseball flick back in 1989, the motto “If you build it, they will come” doesn’t hold true when referencing technology initiatives.
 
It can, in fact, be disastrous.
 
Yet the headlines of ed tech publications and even national media are regularly plagued with headlines of failed 1:1, mobile, and other tech initiatives. And, while there are of course multiple factors that are contributing to the lack of adoption in schools, many of them come right down to planning and communication.
 
Simply doling out devices to teachers and students and expecting it to suddenly impact test scores is overly optimistic. There MUST be training and professional development—and not just on learning the basic “how-to” operations of the latest technology device, but specifically focused on helping teachers, students, and the school community understand how technology can be used to transform the learning experience by building lifelong skills that are included in multiple frameworks include the Common Core State Standards and ISTE® Standards among others.
 

Focus on Learning Series: A Coach's Perspective on the School Reform Battle

This article was originally posted on the Connected Consulting blog by Dr. Billie McConnell.

There is a battle in our society between school reform with technology and doing a better job with our traditional practices. We all believe that we must do a better job of educating our students, but while we argue, our kids are losing.

Should we have standardized tests?

Should we develop “21st Century Skills”?

Should we implement technology?

Should we change the way we teach?

. . . the list goes on and on.

My concern is what each side uses to argue their point. Many instructional technologists argue that technology is the key to real change and traditionalists argue that the “research-based” methods we have been using to teach for decades are effective. Then, of course, we have a lot of people that don’t know what to think. From what I have seen in how both sides are implementing their beliefs in many schools today, they are both wrong. But coaches may have the answer.

Infographic: Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Mobile Learning

Whether you are planning a 1:1 iPad initiative, in the midst of a BYOD program, updating from textbooks to eBooks, or using mobile technology to flip your classroom, the infographic below, put together by CoSN, outlines the areas where schools and districts stumble when it comes to implementing mobile technology in the classroom.

While it's wordy, it's well worth a read.


Ready to get started putting your plan together? Atomic Learning has created a free Collaborative Communication Workbook to ensure your district has a clear vision for the future and is on the right track!

Focus on Learning Series: Process vs. Product

This article was originally posted on the Connected Consulting blog by Drew McConnell.

David was a university student. He had a creative mind and a penchant for media. At the time, I was a technology trainer and media assistant at the same university. I helped students and faculty learn to use a variety of technology and software. Our number one rule as media assistants was to not touch the mouse when assisting people.

Period.

This was not to be mean or to avoid spreading germs, but to follow the fundamental idea that in order for someone to effectively learn a skill, they had to do it themselves. Not watch someone do it or hear someone talk about it, but actually do it.

David was a frequent visitor of our media lab. He would come into the lab, sit down at a computer, and begin working on a media project. The thing you need to know about David however, is he would come in with lofty goals for complex video and image editing projects. These projects were always well outside of his skill level, or in the words of Lev Vygotsky, well beyond his Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).

Whenever he walked in the door, I knew it would not be long until he moseyed over to my desk to ask for help. When he inevitably did, I would oblige and sit down with him at his computer. David would then explain to me his vision for the project. Ignoring the fact that his ideas were outside his ZPD, I would begin to guide him through the process and encourage him to experiment and try things with the software to increase his skills. Without fail, five minutes into the project he would push his chair away from the desk, throw his hands up in the air, and say “You do it.”

Mobile and Beyond: McAllen ISD supports district-wide tech initiative, PD, and tech training needs

McAllen ISD, a district with 1,600 full-time employees, in McAllen, Texas, initially chose Atomic Learning to support their 1:1 iPad initiative (27,000 iPads deployed to every learner, K-12, plus staff). The district has since learned the importance of the Atomic Learning resources to not only support their mobile initiative, but to also expand the depth of technology training district-wide.

McAllen promotes using Atomic Learning in several ways, all of which are driving an increase in Atomic Learning usage in their district. One example of this is that during the last school year, McAllen scrapped their Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and transitioned to only using Atomic Learning content. Another avenue is that parent usage is climbing after an Atomic Learning-led parent liaison group. One parent shared that he took Atomic Learning's training on apps like Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, printed the certificates of completion, took those with him to a job interview, and was hired. McAllen encourages teachers to go directly to Atomic Learning for their PD rather than going outside of the district, which is also increasing their usage.

McAllen now has new direction with a new Instructional Technology Director, Ann Vega. Here are Vega's goals for Atomic Learning within MISD for her first year, in order of importance.

  1. Get all administrators trained on Atomic Learning and get them comfortable assigning training to various groups (teachers, admin. assistants, para professionals, HR, parents, and others).
     
  2. Get all teachers trained in Atomic Learning, especially using Google Apps for education (which has a built-in LMS)
     
  3. Get all teachers assigning training/projects/assessments to their students
     
  4. Possibly custom-uploading videos and other resources to assign training to teachers, including new teacher training and other annual mandated compliance training for reporting, such as Blood Borne Pathogens.

Ann especially wants to create user groups so she can assign training, and track it. McAllen is having great success as they continue to integrate Atomic Learning into their district.

Want to get your district on track with teacher PD and training district-wide? Contact Atomic Learning today!

Mobile Devices Are Changing the Classroom

A recent article on business2community.com states:

Educators embracing mobile technology have a competitive edge up on non-mobile adversaries in the quest to transform classrooms into personalized learning environments.

At Atomic Learning, we can't agree more. Mobile learning is about more than being innovative and bringing new technology into your district; mobile learning allows educators the ability to reimagine the classroom and revitalize learning.

Whether you are planning a 1:1 iPad initiative, in the midst of a BYOD program, updating from textbooks to eBooks, or using mobile technology to flip your classroom, one thing remains constant: your teachers, students, and parents need training to fully realize the power of mobile learning.

What to Expect When Expecting Technology

A recent Tech&Learning article--with a clever spin on a popular book title--caught my attention and also had a great message that we at Atomic Learning agree with, and why we share case studies from our customers who have had success integrating technology!

We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework.

The article compares implementing a 1:1/BYOD initiative to having a baby, and we agree the preparation is very similar. You're taking on a huge task--whether becoming a parent or preparing a tech plan--but have no fear, we can help! Take a look at these case studies and eBooks written by tech teams and administration that has been there, done that to help you properly plan your technology initiatives. When you're ready to take the next step, contact us!

We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN...
There's a reason why What to Expect When Expecting has sold millions of copies! People want to learn from other people what it's like to have a baby. We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN...
There's a reason why What to Expect When Expecting has sold millions of copies! People want to learn from other people what it's like to have a baby. We would rather learn from the successes and failures of others to help us maximize our chances at success. This is why, if you are expecting to go 1:1, BYOD, or some hybrid of the two then you've got to do your homework. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7928#sthash.dN...

Report Finds Mobile Learning Continues to Grow

According to The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students' Activities and Aspirations report by Project Tomorrow, the prevalence of mobile devices in schools is on the rise. In fact, one third of 3rd through 12th grade students have access to school provided devices.
 
Another indicator of the mobile revolution is the shift of tolerance for personal devices. The Speak Up 2010 National Research Project found that 52% of districts did not allow student owned devices, down to just 32% in 2013.

Infographic: Wireless Technology in the Classroom

In many classrooms, mobile devices have become an integral instructional tool. This infographic illustrates teacher and student opinions on the benefits of tablets, netbooks, and other mobile devices in the classroom. If you currently utilize mobile devices or are looking into a BYOD or 1:1 initiative, be sure to check out Atomic Learning's award-winning mobile learning content, which includes staff development for school leaders and educators.

Mobile Monday - 4/8/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

How are you using mobile devices in the math classroom?

 

 

Mobile Monday - 3/25/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

What have you done to support students (or staff) that are not technology savvy?

 

Mobile Monday - 3/18/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

Is [mobile] technology taught ahead of time or in class with the project?

 

 

Mobile Monday - 3/11/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

How much time does your district devote to training teachers on technology?  What are the expectations for the teachers for self-learning?

Mobile Monday - 2/25/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

We would like to use tech for ebooks and audio books - a few in each classroom so any child who wants/needs can use it.  How do you finance books/booksharing?

Mobile Monday - 2/18/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

How do your policies extend to home use of mobile devices relating to school assignments, personnel, or other students?

Mobile Monday - 2/11/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

Regarding iPads: How do you manage multiple users on single devices?

 

 

Mobile Monday - 2/4/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.
 

What do you wish you'd known before starting this initiative?

 

Mobile Monday - 1/28/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

How long did it take for the teachers' use of mobile devices to be at an acceptable level?

 

Mobile Monday - 1/21/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

What are the some obstacles that were encountered and how were they solved?

 

 

Mobile Monday - 1/14/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

Mobile Monday - 1/7/13 #edmtech

With all the mobile initiatives happening out there, we want to learn from your experience. Mobile Mondays will pose a common question your peers might ask when considering a mobile initiative in their school or district. Here is today’s question, talk amongst yourselves.

Have there been issues with too much traffic over wi-fi with BYOD?

 

 

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