As students and teachers continue to have increased access to digital tools and resources, there is a shift in the traditional instructional practices that have been used for teaching and learning. Textbooks are no longer the primary source of information, and students can fact check their teachers with the devices in their pockets. Also, content has to be more than just digitized textbooks and documents. Students must interact with digital content and produce new ways to show what they have learned.
This school year we are allowing students to bring their smart technology to school to provide them with opportunities to use it appropriately to enhance their learning experiences. These devices include, but are not limited to, smart phones, iPads, Surfaces, smaller laptops, Kindles, and other wireless devices.
Our teachers utilize best practices for teaching with digital content, striving to do the following within each of their classrooms on a daily basis:
- Develop a learning community
- Have an instructional purpose
- Preview all content
- Scaffold understanding
- Plan for interaction
- Incorporate digital age skills
- Consider the lesson design
- Utilize a variety of content
- Personalize learning experiences
- Encourage multiple devices
This does not come without concerns for parents, students, and staff. However, we have worked hard to create enforceable policies that will allow the best use of devices. This includes a specific network just for BYOT that students must use if they are going to access the internet.Please take the time to review the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on this site so that you will have a better understanding of the expectations and consequences in place for technology violations.Source: BYOT Network