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1 “Smart Phones, iPads and tablets, Oh My!” Nelda Smith-Media Specialist Tricia Titus- 7 th grade Language Arts South Charlotte Middle School Charlotte NC To view documents from today’s presentation, please visit:


3 We will discuss… How BYOT can close the achievement gap and foster growth with the CCSS. Our experience as a BYOT Pilot school in an urban school system and suburban school. What we have learned (good and bad) during this process. Technological resources for teacher planning and classroom use. Pedagogical Strategies using technology.

4 WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? In the 21 st century, schools can’t be throw-backs to the state of education fifty, twenty, or even ten years ago. The instructional content they provide, the learning experiences they offer, the teaching methods they employ, and the assessments they use must, must all keep pace with this century In the 21st century, students must be fully engaged. This requires the use of technology tools and resources, involvement with interesting and relevant projects, and learning environments— including online environments—that are supportive and safe. In the 21st century, educators must be given and be prepared to use technology tools; they must be collaborators in learning— constantly seeking knowledge and acquiring new skills along with their students. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education March 3, 2010

5 WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? “President Obama Unveils ConnectED Initiative to Bring America’s Students into Digital Age June 6, 2013 (

6 Research Says… Using technology powers for good instead of evil! ◦ 21 st century skills are vital to creating globally competitive citizens  By 2018, about two-thirds of all employment will require some college education or better. (Georgetown University)  "What we found was that students using social networking sites are actually practicing the kinds of 21st-century skills we want them to develop to be successful today." (Christine Greenhow, University of Minnesota)

7 Research Says… Achievement Gap “students shows significant improvements in district benchmark tests conducted during pilot’s first year.” “It has had a huge positive impact,” Schad says of BYOT’s effect on student achievement. “They are spending more time on homework and have a deeper understanding of the concepts we are teaching them.”(Wong)

8 Research Says… Achievement Gap “Using RM (Reasoning Mind) the achievement gap has been closed for minority students with special needs, limited English proficiency, and students identified as at-risk. In many cases these students outperformed non-RM students without any at-risk factors.” (Using Technology to Close the Achievement Gap)

9 Research says- Engagement “ The benefits of BYOT are similar to one- to-one computing: Students are more engaged when they’re using their own devices, their test scores improve, and they’re more likely to attend class and stay in school. The difference is that BYOT is more affordable, says Rick Kaestner, project director for Consortium for School Networking.” (Wong)

10 Research says- Engagement 57 % of surveyed high schoolers say that online learning puts them in control of their own learning. 56% say it would allow them to work at their own pace. Other benefits listed include “improved ability to review materials, a greater sense of independence, and improved opportunity to succeed in class.” (Bolkan)

11 Pilot Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Large Urban School District 141,000 Students, 159 schools. South Charlotte Middle School 930 Students, 34 homeroom. SCMS BYO eReader Spring 2012 Wireless connectivity added to most schools summer 2012

12 Pilot Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools pilot applications opened Fall 2012. 3 High Schools, 6 Middle Schools, 12 Elementary Schools selected October 5, 2012. Opened Guest network 11/5/13 after approval from School Leadership Team. All students and staff trained on Gaggle, October-November 2012


14 Pilot- CIPA Guest network student filtered. Students not allowed to use 3/4G while at school The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).

15 Pilot Infrastructure: 1 access point per 4 classrooms. Each access point supports 20 devices. Three access points in library Three Language Arts Teachers with single gender girls’ classes selected for initial pilot Students and parents sign permission forms, AUP and Equipment survey

16 Pilot: Measures of Success Percent of students who bring devices. Percent of students who can access network. Number of technology based referrals for use during unauthorized time and off task use. Parent/staff/student surveys. SLT evaluates surveys.

17 Pilot- Continued Additional teachers added at beginning of 3 rd quarter. 101 6 th graders 162 7 th graders 165 8 th graders 428 total student participation

18 Survey Information Teachers ◦ The # of students without devices was a problem: 60% No40% Yes ◦ Trouble Accessing the Network: 14% Sometimes43% Rarely 43% Never ◦ # of Referrals: 3 ◦ Access to technology enhances learning: 29%Always 71% Sometimes ◦ Comments: Positives- student engagement, testing review, clear and concise guidelines for usage, research, internet based activities Negatives- Variety of devices/apps, monitoring, variety in teacher skill levels.

19 Parents ◦ I allow my student to bring their device to school: 90% Yes10% No ◦ My child has been successful accessing the internet at school: 100% Yes ◦ I feel my child's device is safe at school: 70% Yes30% No ◦ Having access to technology enhances my child's learning: 50% Always 50% Sometimes ◦ Comments: Positive: life lessons, “outside the box thinking”, responsibility, student engagement Negative: Students without devices are “left out”, Suggestions: Devices locked in the room with teacher, more beneficial if all student shared the same device, Parental controls are different on the devices,

20 Students ◦ I bring my device to school: 89% Yes11% No ◦ Type of device: iPod Touch 40%iPhone 29%Smartphone 13% ◦ I can access the network at school: 64% Always 31% Sometimes 5% Rarely ◦ I feel my device is safe at school: 78% Yes22% No ◦ Having access to technology enhances my learning: 57% Always40% Sometimes4% Rarely ◦ Comments: Positive: more engaging, sharing findings with classmates, innovative, “hands- on”, instant access to answer questions and get info, don’t need to rely on computer lab, taking quizzes and immediately getting grades, more fun, Negative: limits of the network, security, students taking advantage of the privilege, wanted to use them more often, can’t use 3G/4G, sometimes got distracted, Suggestions: access to more sites, network speed, use it more, allow 2 minutes of “play” time and then start class, every class, access to YouTube, have some devices provided for students who do not have them,

21 Resources Edmodo Symbaloo Gaggle Socrative Discovery Education Quizlet News Media iOS Apps/ Google Apps


23 Old School pedagogy gets a facelift! CCSS & 21 st Century Skills Field Trips ◦ Anywhere in the world Socratic Seminar ◦ Post questions and allow students to respond to each other Stations ◦ Different online sites/locations /links/videos/podcasts/screencasts etc. as stations ◦ Use QR Codes to send them to a site without worry that they will land in Internet Oblivion

24 Lecturing ◦ Students post questions when they arise to keep the flow of the lecture going Cooperative Learning ◦ Virtual groups ◦ Teacher assigned and differentiated “Flipping” the classroom Student Activities ◦ Products created and shared online ◦ Have a dialogue about appropriate behaviors/posts ◦ Presentations ◦ Movies Scavenger hunt Photo Journaling or story telling

25 And Finally… “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.“ Beverly Sills, American opera singer and manager

26 Bibliography Boykan, Josh. "Report: Students Prioritize Devices, Variety over Internet Access." The Journal (2013): n. pag. The Journal:Transforming Education through Technology. 1105 Media Incorporated, 06 June 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. Duncan, Arne. "Using Technology to Transform Schools—Remarks by Secretary Arne Duncan at the Association of American Publishers Annual Meeting." Speech. Association of American Publishers Annual Meeting. Hyat Regency Washington, Washington, D.C. 13 June 2013. U.S. Department of Education. 3 Mar. 2010. Web. 13 June 2013. "National Education Technology Plan 2010." U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Department of Education, n.d. Web. 25 June 2013. United States of America. Federal Communications Comission. Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Children’s Internet Protection Act. Federal Communications Comission, 1 Feb. 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. Using Technology to Close the Achievement Gap. N.p.: ACETX Association for Compensatory Educators of Texas, Spring 2006. PDF. The White House. President Obama Unveils ConnectED Initiative to Bring America’s Students into Digital Age. The White House. The White House, 6 June 2013. Web. 13 June 2013. "Why Your School Should Consider a BYOD Initiative." EdTech Magazine. N.p., 21 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 June 2013. Wong, Wylie. "BYOT Improves Learning Without Breaking the Bank: School IT Leaders Turn to "Bring Your Own Technology" Programs to Integrate Mobile Devices within Limited Budgets." EdTech (2011): n. pag. EdTech Focus on K-12. CDW, 11 July 2011. Web. 13 June 2013.

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