This year's task forces are researching the following: project based learning, gamification, alternative school year structures and BYOD Device 2. There are also parent groups who are researching issues such as ethics in a digital age, augmented reality, internships and apprenticeships, multiple generations at a workplace and facilities design among others.
The group I am working on right now is BYOD Device 2. This year we transitioned into a BYOD programme from Grade 4 upwards, now we are asking is one device enough? Many of the faculty this year opted to register a second device to use at school, so I started my research by looking at what these devices were.
The first device for all faculty is a laptop. 67% of the faculty who opted to bring in their own device this year brought a MacBook Pro or Air. Looking further to see what the second device was I noticed that 47% registered an iPad, 37% registered an iPhone and 16% registered another tablet as their second device. The interesting thing about this is that every single one of the teachers who brought in a Mac as their first device, chose an iOS device as their second device - possibly this is because of the way that the devices sync easily. If this is so, then this could have implications for our BYOD Device 2 pilot for students: 70% of the students who registered their BYOD chose a Mac.
It's interesting to consider what might be the second device of choice - the market is rapidly changing so we are wondering what criteria should be chosen. It's hard to consider a second (or secondary) BYOD when we don't yet know what it could look like and there are many other things we need to consider such as apps - will we require certain ones on the second BYOD, or will we let the students choose since they already have a standard set on their first BYOD?
Our research period for this will be 6 weeks. We then want to move onto prototyping it for a couple of months. We hope to report back on what we have learned in mid- to late-January. Check out the ASB Findings blog to read about this and other R&D initiatives this year.
Photo by Exacq, 2011