With a rapid increase in technology, all over the world students have a greater access to personal devices like the cell phones, tablets and computers. So, why not the teachers use these personal devices at school? It will be beneficial for a teacher to develop some bring-your-own-device policy for the class. If you want more support for the idea, here are some of the best suggestions which can support your success as a teacher in the class.
1. Set up clear expectations: Many teachers worry about the security problems within the class along with the IT procedures and the looming backchannel distraction which can come along with the permission granted to students for using their own devices. According to the experts, it is better to devise a policy at the beginning since day one. There are also some model policies available on the internet which focuses on the discipline, security and freedom of speech concerns.
2. Utilize the mobile phones as the clickers: It is obvious; one of the most enthralling predictions for the BYOD is the potential that it will reduce the technology cost burden on schools. Schools can also benefit themselves by permitting the students to utilize their mobile phones for sending the multiple choice and short answer questions rather than applying the costly student response systems.
3. Send students on a snapshot scavenger search: The mobile devices nowadays come with built in cameras and students can use it to collect the information and real world examples for the taught to-be lessons and classroom activities. For example, it can be asked from the students to take pictures of the things which they can provide as an example for the demonstration of five senses. In another activity, students can be given the challenge to take the photo of each and every member of the food chain. These activities will develop a concrete understanding of the learning and they will happily sink into it.
4. Make the lessons highly relevant: It is a habit found in teens to text each other; teachers can use this habit by connecting the curriculum to the most favorite form of communication and engage them in the content by providing new guiding light. For example, a real world balcony scene can be turned into text speech and shown in the class by relating it to the Romeo and Juliet.
5. Give flexibility: Some students might not be having the personal devices. In order to provide them advantage from the BYOD, teachers can use the grouping method. Students can use a simple app in groups and provide learning opportunities to each other. If three of four students have the devices, they can use it in the classroom on the interactive projector or the whiteboard.
It is important for the teacher to formulate a BYOD policy before using these devices in the classrooms. Give more emphasis on the advantages rather than the disadvantages of using these devices. Students are more prone to misbehaviors with each other during the classroom activities with cell phones in hand, so it is better to maintain the decorum of the discipline first.