BYOD has landed at AISB!
After many months of planning and consultation within the AISB community, the BYOD program has been launched at AISB.
While there have been a handful of teething problems, as with any new program, the BYOD program can quite confidently be regarded a success. Among the many benefits of the new system have opportunities to make consistent use of online resources, such as Google Classroom, to improve student learning. Learning, both independent and collaborative, can occur spontaneously, which helps our students develop their skills as lifelong learners. Having more computers also means greater opportunities for individualized instruction, to meet the individual needs of students.
A number of minor challenges have resulted from the introduction of BYOD:
- Our students require technical support for a number of different operating systems, in many languages (fortunately, we usually know what icons to look for!)
- Providing technical support on devices where the student has a limited access account; while we fully support the decision of families to restrict access to advanced settings and features, please do keep in mind that this also limits our ability to provide technical support;
- Managing our limited Internet bandwidth to cater for the increase in demand. We are currently negotiating with our Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more bandwidth to ensure that we can take full advantage of online services and resources as well as investigating systems to ensure the bandwidth is used in a way that is fair to everyone;
- Providing easy access to printing services. We’re hoping to upgrade printers this year as part of the five- year strategic plan.
We have also made sure that we have a limited number of laptops available for day loan, when students have technical problems or laptops have been accidentally left at home. When this happens, students need to make sure they sign out a laptop before 8am.
To ensure that the BYOD program is as successful as it can be, it is important that students remember to:
- Bring their device to school every day. It may not be used for every lesson, but having it with means you’re ready to take advantage of “just in time” or “I wonder….” learning opportunities
- Make sure that their device is fully charged. If it is an older model and the battery has trouble holding enough charge to last the entire day, make sure you bring a charger with you.
As parents, how do you feel about the BYOD program? Have you had the opportunity to speak with your child about it? Are you noticing any benefits from the program for your child at home, or for their academic success? We welcome your feedback and suggestions; please send this to Marcus Tanner via email@example.com.
Of course, the entire BYOD program is about outcomes for students. How do they feel about the program? In the next edition of the newsletter, we’ll be publishing student insights into BYOD at AISB.