The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Is Your 1:1/BYOD Implementation REAL or "The Emperor's New Clothes"?



"But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said.



"Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?" said its father. 



And one person whispered to another what the child had said, 
"He hasn't anything on. 
A child says he hasn't anything on."

"But he hasn't got anything on!" the whole town cried out at last.



Scenario One:  

School District Technology Director sends out an email asking if _______ should be blocked or allowed under 1:1/BYOD Initiative that has already been rolled out.

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?

Scenario Two:

School District Technology Policy cannot be found on school district website and when asked for a copy of the school district policy one cannot be provided.

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?


Scenario Three:

School District rolls out a 1:1/BYOD implementation yet blocks all all forms of collaborative interaction (Skype, Google Hangouts, Social Media, etc) 

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?

Scenario Four:

School District has already or is preparing to rollout a 1:1/BYOD Initiative yet is only concerned with what device to purchase.  No thought is given to academic support, professional development,  curriculum, data and assessments, infrastructure, etc.

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?

Scenario Five:

Your school district has failed to understand the meaning of "Least Restrictive Environment" and have filtering set so high  that virtually no websites can come through, thus,  rendering the devices in your 1:1/BYOD virtually useless.

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?


Scenario Six:

School District has already or is preparing to rollout a 1:1/BYOD Initiative and hasn't taken the Project 24 self assessment to ensure they have all necessary components in place for a successful 1:1/BYOD Initiative rollout.

Question:

Is this school district actually wearing "new clothes" or are they buck naked?





Making decisions regarding your 1:1/BYOD Implementation through emails as situations and questions arise is just Bass Ackwards planning and based on extensive research by Project 24, will result in a 1:1/BYOD that fails or at the very least fails to meet the true intent of a 1:1/BYOD Implementation.  Even more bass ackwards is having no District Technology plan in place BEFORE rolling out your 1:1/BYOD Implementation.




Blocking virtually all forms of collaborative interaction like Skype, Google Hangouts, Social Media and other similar sites sets your 1:1/BYOD Initiative up for failure just like what happened with the iPad rollout in Los Angeles.  

Any 1:1/BYOD Initiative that fails to truly embrace the higher levels of the SAMR Model, especially Redefinition, which is all about collaboration and connecting students with others around the world, is simply investing money into a device that will do nothing much beyond what a piece of paper and pencil can accomplish.  

Project 24 is a MUST for any school district whether they have already implemented a 1:1/BYOD Initiative or are considering implementing a 1:1/BYOD Initiative.  The Project 24 framework helps districts address seven key concepts: academic supports; budget and resources; curriculum and instruction; data and assessments; professional learning; technology and infrastructure; and use of time.  Three easy steps to participating include (1) signing up; (2) assembling a team; and (3) taking the free self-assessment on which a confidential, customized report will be generated. Upon review of a district’s confidential report, it is up to district leaders to make the most of the resources that are available. 

School districts that want to continue posturing or saying, "This blog isn't about us. Our 1:1/BYOD is fine just like it is" should put their money where their mouth is and take the Project 24 self assessment. What do you have to lose?  Either you will prove that your district's 1:1/BYOD is top notch OR you will have an extremely valuable guide to assist in getting your 1:1/BYOD up to snuff. 

I've known a school district who was part of Project RED that puffed their chest and patted themselves on the back for being innovative and cutting edge that, in reality, was anything but.  In fact, many Project RED schools were used as examples of what NOT to do as well as what to do when Project 24 gathered data from over a thousand 1:1/BYOD schools to create their self assessment.  

Conducting a serious evaluation of your 1:1/BYOD Initiative is not only a win-win for your 1:1/BYOD Initiative but, more important, will lead to a 1:1/BYOD Initiative that is effective, engaging and empowering for the students you serve.








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