With all of this comes lots of learning for me. I have a Kindle Fire, but have no idea how to get a child's writing from their Kindle Fire to my dropbox. I have an iPod but again, my notes feature has a setting that automatically drops it in my email. One student mentioned a DS and I have never actually touched one of those. So, lots of learning for me. How to find the right tools for kids on devices I don't know and how to get their work to where it needs to be. If a child writes a blog post on their iPod, I have to figure out how to get that when the children do not have email accounts. Not huge things, but interesting challenges, nonetheless.
As I've been reading to find information on these issues, I have come across some great articles. I have tried to look at articles that do not focus on 1:1 schools, but schools like mine that have some devices and a BYOD policy. I am going to add these to my Pinterest board so I have them at my fingertips. These are mostly articles I'd read before but with more devices, we have more opportunities for learning. I find at this age, parents of students are very supportive of their students using these devices for their learning. We are all trying to find apps that will help them as readers, writers and learners.
I am excited about the whole BYOD option, especially now that so many more students have a tool. Between the ones they bring in and the school's technology, kids are really changing the focus on their learning. And I am learning lots too.
Here are the posts/articles I've read recently to help me make sure I am thinking broadly about the way devices can be used. If you have any others, I'd love to add them to my reading list!
Some Schools Actually Want Students to Play With Their Smartphones in Class
And I love this newest post by George Couros, BYOB: A Bare Miniumum--Love his last two paragraphs about it being the least we should be doing and it has to be about what we are doing with these devices.
Looking forward to learning more and in watching to see what my students do with the devices in the future!