Thursday, November 10, 2011

Debunking 7 Myths About BYOD in THE Journal

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More than a decade into the 21st century and we are still keeping learners and teachers prisoners of the analog past by enforcing outdated mandates that ban and block them from using the digital resources of their world. Fortunately, today’s students are standing up, speaking out, and, in many cases, using the technology and websites they do not have access to in school to do so.  

This week THE Journal invited me to dispel common myths about bringing your own device (BYOD) to school. When we do, we can begin to move past the ignorance and toward breaking the ban. The article addresses the following myths:

Debunking 7 BYOD Myths
Myth No. 1: BYOD deepens the digital divide.
Myth No. 2: BYOD will result in lessons geared toward the weakest device. 
Myth No. 3: BYOD will cause students to be distracted. 
Myth No. 4: Teachers need to become experts in all the technology students own. 
Myth No. 5: BYOD will result in students engaging in dangerous activities.
Myth No. 6: Cell phones are not that powerful, so we should not waste our time with them.
Myth No. 7: BYOD will necessitate the standardization of apps and software across all devices. 

Check out the whole article and read the reasons behind each myth here.  

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