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Which do you think is better tech integration in the classroom, 1:1 (one device per student) or BYOD (bring your own device)? Read the opposing sides: http://bit.ly/HCwBHD vs. http://bit.ly/1b7eqk8

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What a strange argument structure... The pro 1:1 is an anecdote about why the iPad was ideal for a single student... Pretty strong endorsement of BYOT
 
+Edutopia thx for the link....one i have read before, but a good one to start the discussion. We used a variety of these articles when discussing classroom applications and changes before going 1:1 BYOT :)
 
I'm kind of surprised by the overwhelming response of BYOD.  I see no problem with it, but some schools cater to children and families that cannot afford to buy their own devices. In this case, the 1:1 option is nice.
 
+Online College Database yeah, i should caveat my BYOT support. We went to it for pedagogical reasons -- the trigger didnt get pulled until the board of trustees agreed that we would convert some of the money spent on maintaining carts and labs into technology grants to cover every student on financial aid. I think the primary consideration is context -- of the school, its mission, the students, and families. I have seen BYOT work wonders and I have seen highly effective single-device programs...i have seen the bad of both as well. It's a presumption of zero-sum to think that BYOT and 1:1 are forever one up and one down.
 
The only drawback I can see from teaching perspective only...I would have to be very experienced with multiple operating systems, computers, etc. So I could maximize on time teaching/facilitating/learning and not troubleshooting
 
I think that's why it's so important to move towards mobile web apps that will work on any platform.  There are currently so many options that being tied to apps made by one company over another is almost unnecessary. 
 
I love the idea of BYOD so the students get proficient in their personally chosen technologies. I also like the idea of going digital with textbooks.
 
+James Blodgett  Thank you for the article. Very happy to read that this is half 1:1 scenario and half BYOD. The discount on Chromebooks is great, even if it isn't for every family.
 
I understand how mixed devices challenges teachers and students on thinking of different ways to utilize technology in the classroom, but it seems to me that this would present greater restraints and challenges in the classroom than if all the student's had a single device like a Chromebook that could do all of the mentioned tasks with different apps, and extensions.

It seems like the teachers with mixed devices would be more focused on learning how to use the different devices than how to best use the tool for the classroom. It also seems like this model would require the student either to have multiple types of devices (versus a single device that can do all) and teachers to have to plan for multiple devices vs just a single device, which seems to add unnecessary complexity to planning.

Trying to understand this perspective better, Is there something I'm missing? Thanks!
 
+Malinda Addison​ I think that BYOD is a better fit in high school than any of the younger grades since the students should have a background in their chosen technology and the teacher can do most anything through something like Google classroom on any device. Once students get to college they will not have a given device and so need to be versed with whatever they bring.

Yes it could mean teachers trying to become proficient in all technologies but really if you use a fully online platform like Google classroom, haiku, or edmoto.

However, from a county perspective, it is always easier to handle 1:1 with trainings and such as we get more teachers trained and online. Both are excellent options if you do the right kind of push out and support. Though nothing is perfect. 
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