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Mobile Networking

School leaders need to focus on their districts network capacity when planning for 1-to-1 and BYOD implementations.  Though goal setting and teacher preparation are critical to the impact of your program, the devices have to work seamlessly or you risk creating frustration instead of innovation.  One of the great challenges…

BYOD

I remember vividly the joy and excitement of rolling out one of the first large scale 1 to 1 programs using tablets in our region of the country. We had spent two years planning, piloting, researching, holding public forums, and building a general excitement around the “roll out”. We challenged teachers to change the way they think about content delivery and assessment, teaching them the skills needed to give students 24/7 access to content by leveraging our LMS and creating a hybrid “flipped” classroom. We used the implementation as a change agent to reassess how teaching and learning were occurring in our classrooms.

Today we work with 1 to 1 and BYOD programs across the country and have found that they are all unique in their organization, execution, and measures of success. However, I have noticed a growing trend of schools claiming that they have a BYOD initiative, but upon further examination – they aren’t really a program at all. The school has just made the technological leap to compete with McDonalds, Starbucks, and your local hotel, in allowing students to connect their devices to the network.

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