There’s been a lot of great posts on the EdTech blogosphere this week!
Here’s a few of the best:
The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD by Katrina Schwartz (MindShift) – A great article that summarises the problems that a bring your own device (BYOD) policy can have in more deprived socio-economic communities. Moreover, it excellently questions some of the assumptions that we may have about how more affluent students respond to a BYOD policy.
Moving Towards Next Generation Learning by Tom Vander Ark (Education Week) – An excellent article that provides a useful taxonomy, in the form of a grid, to evaluate how effectively you and your institution uses educational technology. Without just looking at improving learning from augmentation to transformation, it also considers whether your approach is individualised or cohort-based. This is perfect for any personal\institutional reflection on the use of educational technology.
Filtering ~ (Hopefully this isn’t blocked) by Tim Rylands (ICT to Inspire) – The EdTech blogosphere has been all over this issue recently. Internet filtering may protect children from some content at school (and only on school issued devices) but it fails to protect them from content on a mobile device, contacting strangers and it offers them no protection when they walk out of the school gates. We need to educate students and filter responsibly. Tim Rylands adds to this debate very well. He doesn’t state anything particularly original, but he provides an excellent summary that is starting to reflect the agenda that schools are (or should be) starting to take on board when they consider e-safety. Tim Rylands expertly argues how teaching and learning should guide what we allow, and focus on, in terms of e-safety.by