Here Are The Top Trends Happening At ISTE 2014!
Mobile learning, BYOD and 1:1 are merely a reflection of what students are experiencing at home. The Center for Digital Education found “parents, community leaders and the students themselves increasingly expect schools at all levels to support the technologies that are already widely used in business and personal life” in their strategy report. These trends will continue to grow as districts explore these ways to meet the needs of the digital learner.
In the 2013 NMC Horizon Report, the mobile learning trend had projected adoption in less than a year. With over 20% of sessions about mobile learning this year at ISTE, the evidence is clear. Students are using apps to create, collaborate and communicate not just for skill and drill practice. Educators are excited to use tablets in the classroom and continue to look for ways to not only engage students but transform their learning. Mobile learning is changing the way how students access technology and allowing them a vehicle to publish their work. Check out another Insight ON Education post, 10 Ways to Maximize Learning with Tablets to get some great ideas.
In 2013, 41% of principals said they would allow students to use their own devices at school, according to the Speak Up National Research Project. Fayette County School District in Georgia did a full implementation of BYOT (Bring your own technology) this year after two successful BYOT pilots in 2011-2012 school year. They found that students were engaging their technology with the lesson, using it to communicate and collaborate with others and extended their learning outside of school. Although administrators are more open to the idea of BYOD, they still have valid concerns. Numerous sessions at ISTE are helping administrators and IT directors to transition to a BYOD program and learn from others who have paved the way like Fayette County School District.
Who wouldn’t love to a have a computer per student? While it seems like every teacher’s dream, 1:1 is more than putting hardware into the hands of students. Districts need to decide if a 1:1 program is feasible and meets the needs of their students. Some are choosing 1:1 because students will have access to curriculum at home, where there is no access to wireless. Others are choosing this option in hopes of increasing student engagement and achievement. Teachers also play a part in the equation and many are concerned in how it will change the classroom. It is a paradigm shift and one that ISTE is helping districts make.
Center for Digital Education
NMC Horizon Report
Seeking 1:1 Education
Speak Up Project Tomorrow