Regular readers of this blog know that our school has already embraced a BYOD policy for students. You can read related information here and here.
To address this growing reality, this year, the school will give teachers access to a technology grant towards the cost of a computing device. The grant will cover 50% of the cost of computer (up to a certain limit) Teachers will be eligible to receive a subsidy once every 4 years.
The grant must indicate how the device will be used as a teaching and learning tool and be linked to the teacher’s annual professional growth plan. Teachers must indicate how they plan to implement the use of technology in their class and how their device will assist them in that endeavor. (we have suggested that teachers consider a “digital” Bloom’s Taxonomy to assist them in developing a plan).
- As a school with limited resources, this approach lightens device management and maintenance. Teachers are responsible for maintaining and managing their own devices.
- Teachers must continue to be vigilant about the ethical uses of devices at school and with students - always maintaining proper and ethical boundaries when working as a education professional.
- Teachers know what device is works best for them and their teaching. They need to get comfortable with its use and application. This will hopefully translate into a more seamless and effective use with students.
In end this "personalized" approach to technology acquisition for teachers, will hopefully increase the likelihood of sustainable technology integration in teaching and learning.