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Pros and Cons of schools using a Bring Your Own Device Model

Pros and Cons of schools using a Bring Your Own Device Model


The term "BYOD" was first coined in the corporate world a few years ago, with companies allowing employees to use their personal laptop computers, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in the workplace. However, it has since gained traction in the education sector with an increasing number of schools around the world choosing to implement their own BYOD policies.
Pros and Cons of schools using a Bring Your Own Device Model
Introduction
BYOD or Bring your Own device in education settings refers to the policy of permitting students to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to the classroom in order to use those devices to access educational information and applications. The phenomenon is commonly referred to as IT consumerization.
The term "BYOD" was first coined in the corporate world a few years ago, with companies allowing employees to use their personal laptop computers, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in the workplace. However, it has since gained traction in the education sector with an increasing number of schools around the world choosing to implement their own BYOD policies.
Why is it happening?
It is widely acknowledged that technology plays a huge role in students' everyday lives and should, therefore, be an integral part of their learning. Schools allow students to use personal devices for curriculum-related activities. The staff often employ rules regarding when a device can and can not be used. However, for most schools, it is financially unsustainable to provide every student with state-of-the-art technology. BYOD is therefore considered an attractive, cost-effective alternative; recognizing that many students already own devices that are superior and more up-to-date than those available in schools.
Importance of BYOD
Due to the rapid increase of mobile devices, it is assumed that within next five years the total number of devices will be around 10 billion that means 1.5 devices per head. As the personal mobile devices are integrated part of our lives, students want to use their own devices in personal as well as educational purpose also.
In the current education model, when a school wants their students to be more focus, BYOD is a useful and attractive option and will increase the engagement on a large scale if it safely used.
Pros
·       Allows for students to work on a device that is familiar to them and customised to their preferences.
·       Enables the opportunity for schools to leverage students’ attachment to their own devices to deepen learning and to make learning more personalized and student-centered.
·       Can increase the number of devices available for teaching and learning.
·       Enables the school to direct ICT funding to addressing equity issues and improving infrastructure (e.g., wireless).
·       Enables collaborative learning through cloud-based software at any time (school and home).
Cons
·       The success of a BYOD Program will be dependent on thorough planning, and community/stakeholder consultation carried out by the school.
·       Students may bring a range of different technologies to schools which require support from teachers/staff.
·       It can be stressful for the individual classroom teacher as they have to grapple with connection issues and charging problems with specific devices.
These students are part of a Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) program, a movement that has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Many see the use of technological devices in class as the natural way to move forward and keep up in a tech-dependent world. So far, BYOD seems to be the most cost-effective way for the majority of students to work together using personal tools with which they are already comfortable.

The term "BYOD" was first coined in the corporate world a few years ago, with companies allowing employees to use their personal laptop computers, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in the workplace. However, it has since gained traction in the education sector with an increasing number of schools around the world choosing to implement their own BYOD policies.

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Grееn Sсrееn Tools And Tips Fоr Uѕіng In Thе Сlаѕѕrооm

Grееn Sсrееn Tools And Tips Fоr Uѕіng In Thе Сlаѕѕrооm


Green screen or chroma key allows you to photograph a subject against a green or blue background and replace that background with a digital backdrop of your choice. It is the easiest and less expensive way to put your subject against any backdrop you want
Green Screen Tools and Tips for Using in the Classroom
If you aren’t taking advantage of the green screen to add depth to project-based learning in your class, then you will want to read this primer on how to get started. In this entry, we take the direct route to inexpensive green screen tools and offer real examples from classrooms.

Green screen or chroma key allows you to photograph a subject against a green or blue background and replace that background with a digital backdrop of your choice. It is the easiest and less expensive way to put your subject against any backdrop you want without spending a fortune for costly backdrops. You can do this with existing quality software that doesn't cost you anything at all.
Green screen or chroma key allows you to photograph a subject against a green or blue background and replace that background with a digital backdrop of your choice. It is the easiest and less expensive way to put your subject against any backdrop you want

A green background works well because it is the furthest color away from human skin tones. That makes it easier to remove the green and place a background. If you aren’t familiar with green screen creation, follow the tips below to get started:

1. Pick your app.

Whether you are on iOS or Android, it is quite easy to create the special effects green screens afford. Some apps you can use include Green Screen for iOS or Green Screen Pro for Android. For Windows or Mac users, do NOT spend hundreds of dollars on a green screen program.

2. Decide on the type of project.

Consider allowing your students to choose. For example, you might assign them a book trailer, a holiday portrait, or thank you note to a guest speaker, a commercial for a product, news/morning broadcast, or historical report. They might even decide to do something else like a sports or music video.

3. Keep the following technical tips in mind:


  • ·       Avoid shadows.
  • ·       Use tripods.
  • ·       Place your subject 6-10 feet in front of the green background to avoid “green light spill” onto your subject.

  • ·       Make sure no one wears clothing that is green, brown or a combination of those two colors.
  • ·       Light the green background separately from your subject(s).
  • ·       Create a green background using one of these (in order of preference):

  1. ·       Vinyl – an inexpensive shower curtain may work (like the one from Dollar Tree above)
  2. ·       Muslin and other cloth
  3. ·       Green paper (matte or glossy, although the former is preferred)
Green screen or chroma key allows you to photograph a subject against a green or blue background and replace that background with a digital backdrop of your choice. It is the easiest and less expensive way to put your subject against any backdrop you want


  • ·       Take advantage of a teleprompter (like the free online CuePrompter on a computer) to help cue students.

Educational Benefits of doing Green Screen Projects

Green screen allows pupils to discuss, evaluate or reflect on their learning using their imagination and digital skills. Pupils can share a story or get into character using a background setting of their choice – this is a classic example of using technology to do things that would not be possible without technology as suggested with the SAMR model in the classroom.

In conclusion, this technology which was once an awe-inspiring feat only attainable if you were working in the film industry on the backlots of Universal Studios is now readily available and easy and engaging for your classroom. Whether you teach preschool ages students or Year 12 students, green screen technology has a place embedded into your learning and teaching program. If you already have iPads in your school, then you are well on your way to integrating green screen technology.

Green screen or chroma key allows you to photograph a subject against a green or blue background and replace that background with a digital backdrop of your choice. It is the easiest and less expensive way to put your subject against any backdrop you want

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Coding Made Accessible to ALL Learners with Guided Coding Stories

Coding Made Accessible to ALL Learners with Guided Coding Stories


I've heard it time and time again, "there aren't great resources out there for teaching computer science with our special needs population."    I get it, using the robots, block coding, even the code.org lessons is seriously challenging in this setting. Without first building the coding language and concepts, how could we ever expect any students to be successful with more advanced coding?

There are currently more Makerspaces, robotics clubs, and technology classes are in our schools than ever before. The reality is that the current model is not simple enough for all learners to succeed. There needs to be a level of understanding before students can successfully program a robot or build an algorithm for a block coding program.

This is where Guided Coding Stories comes to the rescue! We developed a way to build those foundational computer science concepts in a way that can be done with any learner at any age level. The best part is that the activities are incredibly engaging and built in a way to limit frustration (and increase perseverance).

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