Bring Your Own Device to Huron Valley Schools
Huron Valley Schools is committed to helping students and teachers create a technology rich, 21st century learning environment. This year we had the opportunity to install WiFi throughout the entire district. This means that every HVS school will have access to the internet on their mobile devices. Students and staff will now be able to bring their own devices into school and use them for educational purposes. This can include cell phones, tablets, Mp3 players, laptops and e-readers. The acronym “BYOD” stands for Bring Your Own Device. Working with their teachers, students will be able to use apps and the internet to take ownership in their learning. As students utilize their personal technology devices in school, they can learn new ways to collaborate and interact with teachers as well as solve complex problems, research information, create original products and publish their own work. It is our hope that in using these mobile devices our students will have a great potential to become 21st century learners.
What is 21st Century Learning?
Every child in America needs to be ready for today’s and tomorrow’s world. A profound gap exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need for success in their communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments. This includes Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication and Collaboration.
To learn more about 21st Century learning visit the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Why go to a BYOD model?
- Students and parents are able to choose which technology works best for their particular learning styles.
- Students who have their own devices take greater ownership of their learning.
- The current economic times require unique strategies to ensure every student has equitable access to online resources.
- Young people who learn with portable devices can learn much faster than their peers and they tend to perform better in assessments.
Recently, Huron Valley Schools presented on 21st Century Skills. You can view our online 21st Century Skills presentation.