The first ever BYOD (not BYOT) class I taught…

Apologies in advance for what I think will be a rather long post about BYOD / BYOT – the acronym for Bring Your Own Device / Technology.

The Narrative:

I taught my first class in Portmarnock Community School today using BYOD, asking a First-year class  of students (aged about 13) to bring a phone, camera, iTouch or similar device to school.

Out of thirty, about fifteen brought in a device.

The subject in question was Information and Communications Technology and the class was one hour and ten minutes in length, a “double” in the parlance of Irish Secondary schools .

The class took place in a Computer Room with thirty functioning PC’s.

I had previously registered the students with Codecademy and we had started some simple programming / scripting using Java Script (JS).

Some of them didn’t get the idea of programming, so scratching my head, I had them look at a YouTube video called  What is Java Script?”. It is very good on the concept of static V’s dynamic webpages, building from definitions to examples, showing how JS adds dynamism to a basic web-page.

I decided to develop this concept of static and dynamic dividing the students into about eight groups of three / four, mixing boys and girls and ensuring there was a device in each group.

There were a number of stages to the class

  • initially an individual search on the PC’s about static and dynamic webpages
  • division into groups with paper and crayons to make / design  a poster trying to capture static and dynamic (some irony here) – but don’t forget, the aim is to develop a discussion amongst the students so they can articulate the reason for using JS, so that when they return to Codecademy there are fewer Why? questions
  • Keeping a photographic record as their work developed
  • Uploading their work from their device, to the class Flickr account, by email

As of this evening, one group has uploaded their work to the Flickr account. I have added some photos that I took also (all below).

Some Reflection:

What I was surprised at, was what I did not capture – the students in some groups had a great discussion of the nature of web-pages. The use of audio would be interesting here to record this learning.

There was no doubt as to the engagement of many of them -  I was lucky that this particular room has large tables in the center where they could position their sketch and draw. There was an element of negotiation in their work and movement between the groups, the PC’s and the area for drawing.

I asked them to keep faces out of the photos for the moment – that did not seem to bother them.

I also realised I had never really thought through the differences between between BYOD / BYOT.

I was searching through recent publications this evening and came across an Australian publication “Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families“  (August 2012).

The authors (Lee and Levins) also keep their own blog with the engaging title BYOT? Bring it on.

They argue that BYOT is about bringing technology into learning – technology is greater than the device.

Lee writes on the blog:

Bring your own technology (BYOT) is an educational development and a supplementary school technology resourcing model, where the home and the school collaborate in arranging for students’ 24/7/365 use of their own digital technology/ies to be extended into the classroom, and in so doing to assist their teaching and learning and the organisation of their schooling and, where relevant, the complementary education outside the classroom

Food for thought!

Footnote

The Acceptable Use Policy for BYOD in Portmarnock is based on my draft social-media policy for schools here. This is being introduced in the school at the moment – not as an actual policy but as a guideline as to where we might be going with going with technology.

I will also be asking the students to comment on this blog posting!

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7 comments

  1. Jack Wright

    Hello Mr.O’Mahony ,

    Sorry for the late reply.I really enjoyed our BYOD class a couple of weeks ago.It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it.I hope we do a few more BYOD classes and i hope more teachers use this way of teaching a bit more in the future.I also enjoyed the coding classes you have done with us in IT class, I learned a lot about coding that i didn’t know!

    Kind regards,

    Jack

  2. Darragh

    Hi Mr.O’Mahony ,
    I thought everything about BYOT was very interesting and very enjoyable .
    And the past few IT lessons have been very interesting and the code academy lessons have been going over stuff that I haven’t gone over in a good while .

    P.S Would you mind looking at a website that I have set up for my cousins band
    http://www.mahoney.ie
    Kind Regards Darragh

  3. Killian Foran

    Hi Mr O’Mahony,

    I really thought that you explained everything quite clearly and there really wasn’t anything you could do better. I also think the lesson on Monday last was very descriptive and complete in teaching us how to distinguish the differences between static and dynamic webpages and teaching us what the actual differences were.

    Many Thanks Again,

    Killian

  4. Donal O' Mahony

    Killian and Darragh

    Thanks for taking the time to reply – I am wondering if there was anything, that you thought could be done in a different way?

    Mr. O’ Mahony

  5. darragh brennan

    Really great! I learnt a lot about the different types of websites and how they work. Looking forward to next Monday!
    Kind regards,
    Darragh.

  6. Killian Foran

    I really enjoyed the class on Monday. It really helped me understand and distinguish the differences between static and dynamic webpages/displays. Many Thanks Again

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