Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives are popping up all across the state and nation. Learning how to deal with having these devices in your school and classroom is a whole new learning experience for both teachers/administration and students. The Future Ready plan can assist your school in rolling out a BYOD initiative that has all gears in place and properly aligned to allow for maximum success and minimum stress. Without the following Future Ready guidelines schools may find themselves in a quagmire of issues that can pop up as a result.
Naturally students are going to make mistakes while using devices under BYOD initiatives . Using the video feature of their device or video apps innapropriately is one of the most common mistakes students make; and this is a GOOD thing. When students inevitably post video of other students, teachers, administrators, etc to social media without permission a great teachable moment can now be taken advantage of by the administration to teach good digital citizenship, respect, and the right to privacy. By addressing the issue with students, we as the adults in the school, are allowing students to make their mistakes with devices and social media in a safe environment, thus allowing us to correct these mistakes and preparing students to be college and career ready. Not only can this become an awesome teachable moment but it can also spur an amazing results if the interest in video recording is harnessed and used for good.
Why not let the punishment for the students using video inappropriately be to research, design and create a green screen room, corner or space for the school. These students can then use the space to create a PSA for the school about responsible use of video features/apps on their devices. Students can take it a step further and create "How To" tutorials for using the green screen space for a variety of devices so that the rest of the school can use the space for academic endeavors.
Although this MTV Series is dated (2010) it still contains relevant information about the types of trouble students can get themselves into while using cell phone video apps that could follow them for the rest of their lives. THIS is why we DON'T BAN devices, rather TEACH students responsible use.
Here are some more suggestions from educator, Sam Gibson's blog post, How could Periscope be used in Education?
Here are some suggestions on how to use Vine from the ASIDE Blog post, How could Periscope be used in Education?
- Pair with information on a class website or blog
- Announce homework to students and parents
- Model how students should execute a task
- Market a school's upcoming events to followers
- "Tease" new units for kids and families
- Record student reactions to texts
- Think-pair-share in a virtual field
- Grab "preview" or "exit interview" understandings
- Offer parent testimonials for admissions
- Build advisory or homeroom unity
- Design mini-book trailers
- Film solutions to math problems
- Identify symbols and silent metaphors
- Recreate drawing or painting methods
- Document science labs
- Capture instructions for computer tools
- Create "real-life" Vokis
- Animate stop-motion characters
- Recite famous quotations
- Impersonate historical figures
- Creating entertaining experiences from every day tasks: Whether it is grading or creating lectures – showcasing a little creativity and fun to share with others creates an interactive and entertaining experience. It is about showcasing your personality as well as your point of view in a visual and creative manner.
- Case studies and share examples of campaigns that used Snapchat: It is always good to look at cases and campaigns that have used Snapchat and learn what were the message strategies, audiences considered in this campaign, and main takeaways from the experience. Here are a few that came up as good ones to look at along with these from AdWeek.
- Meeting your students in their new space to spark conversations: First, we saw professors use Facebook and then Twitter for engaging their students in and out of the classroom. There have only been a few professors who have utilized Instagram for their classes, and I would imagine even fewer who are on Snapchat. As professors, we need to be adaptive and test out these new platforms to see if they work and to communicate and build a community on these sites. More businesses are learning this as well when it comes to Snapchat.
- Behind the scenes and exclusive announcements for class: Whether it is announcing clients, guest speakers, or even assignments for class – professors could use Snapchat potentially for these actions. For behind the scenes – looking at presentations and networking events as opportunities to share this experience with students would also be beneficial as well.
- Discussing the opportunities and challenges with the new platform: Like all social media platforms, Snapchat does have their risks and challenges to them as a social media outlet. This is a perfect opportunity to build this discussion for classes on these various topics as well as for businesses. Creating a strategic brief for a business in a social media class to provide resources on how to use Snapchat professionally or even incorporate this platform into the managing online reputation reflection paper for social media would be good to share with your students as well.
- Creating films of experiences: While brands like Taco Bell have been innovative with Snapchat by creating films, professors could potentially create films of presentations, guest speakers, and other lectures to share with others.
- Sharing fun experiences with friends: There are times where you do want to use Snapchat for fun with colleagues and friends. This is one of the main characteristics of social media.
And then there is this with SnapChat: