In all the conversations we've had lately a few themes keep rising to the surface...
- BYOT is about student learning. Developing young people who ASSESS their learning need, EVALUATE tools to meet the need and successful USE the tool is our learning objective.
- By comparison, BYOT is not about saving money. Initiatives may (and I do mean may - remains to be proven) create cost savings down the road but the first years out will see expenses based on equity of access/choice financial support and infrastructure improvements.
- Teachers do not resist change as much as educational reform pundits try to make us think they do. We expected push-back and it didn't arrive. In fact, most teachers say BYOT is a relief... no longer are they responsible for push-button training on tools (example: in the past if you are going to grade PowerPoint presentations on form and function you needed to spend at least a class period teaching PowerPoint). Students are responsible for meeting the academic objective with appropriate tools.
- Students are capable of making intelligent, creative and appropriate choices. File under #iceiscold but many "innovations" in education continue to revolve around adults making choices in the name of students. The conversations this year held between students - faculty - and IT about learning reflect a deeper reflection of self-awareness: weaknesses, strengths, successes and needs for improvement.