Frequently Asked Questions
Am I going to be required to allow students to use mobile devices in my classroom every day?
No. Although we encourage teachers to leverage the students owned technology tools in their classroom for learning, there is no requirement of teachers to allow this. You are in charge of the way your class functions and the rules that apply.
I have my own laptop and smart phone. Can I bring these tools to use with my students?
Yes, of course! Teachers will be able to access the HVS-Guest network. We encourage you to become familiar with the same tools our students are using.
I am afraid one of my students was using their laptop to bully another HVS student. Who should I contact to take care of the problem?
Cyber bullying is a problem that HVS takes very seriously. Contact your school’s administration. Visit the Cyber Bulling Research Center for more information.
Is classroom management an issue?
We will be utilizing the “stop light” method. Red light means the devices are off and put away. Yellow light means that students can use the devices when and where the teachers allow. Green light means that students are free to use their technology however they choose at any educational site. Actually, the teachers who already complete projects with their students and have a great sense of community in their classrooms often have a seamless transition into BYOD because the strategies are the same, and the devices just give them more tools to complete the work of the community. We have noticed that disciplinary issues regarding technology aren’t major issues with BYOD.
What strategies could I use to ensure my students don’t take advantage of BYOD?
Make sure you communicate clear expectations to students about when and how it is appropriate to use their devices. Post these expectations and be consistent! Being social is part of life. Don’t fight it. Give students a few designated minutes to get personal conversations (tweets, emails, etc) out of the way. Giving students an opportunity to address their personal needs empowers both student and teacher. It is essential that the teacher be engaged in the same activities as the students (not sitting at their desk on a computer) and moving around the classroom frequently in order to see what students are doing. Have students set time specific goals of what they will accomplish in short bursts of time. Tasks should be specific. For example: In the next 10 minutes I will find 3 reputable web resources to use for my project. One suggestion is to have students write these goals on a slip of paper or post-it note, track their completion and then turn in as an exit slip at the end of the period.
What are the expectations for teachers with BYOD?
Teachers have to empower students to own the learning and ask the right questions. They need to challenge students to become experts with their own devices to improve their learning experiences. They need to utilize more project-based learning in their classrooms. Teachers also need to learn how to become users of social media - try Twitter or Pinterest - to learn how to find new ideas for implementing BYOT and other instructional strategies by networking with others. Students need to be willing to teach each other and their teachers how to use their technology, and they need to become more accustomed to learning within a collaborative learning community. They need to have discussion forums for the sharing of apps, strategies, and completed projects. Administrators need to encourage teachers to try new approaches in their classrooms. Students will continue to excel in all areas when they are connected to learning with each other and their devices, and they are constructing new meanings with the personal technology tools.