Developing a Strategy for Mobile Device Policy

FETC Executive SummitThere is an urgent need to utilize mobile devices for instruction. Since 2013, there are mobile devices in the world than there are people (https://gsmaintelligence.com/).Mobile devices (both the students’ own technology tools as well as those that are provided by schools have the potential of radically transforming the learning landscape.

When developing a strategy and producing the core components of mobile device policy, there are several essential questions that need to be answered.

What are your desired outcomes?

  • to increase access and equity
  • to tranform learning experience
  • to design relevant learning tasks
  • to provide choice and voice for students
  • to differentiate for individual needs
  • to engage student learning
  • to prepare for college and careers
  • to increase student achievement

What is the expected timeframe?

  • develop a realistic plan for implementation
  • consider the resources available
  • plan for the changes to infrastructure
  • determine the phases the implementation
  • decide how will you provide training

What are the roles of the stakeholders?

  • School Safety – Develop Responsible Use Guidelines
  • Curriculum – Determine necessary changes to instruction
  • Technology – Decide how you will provide devices for students
  • Communication – Design a marketing plan
  • Facilities – Redesign learning spaces to support mobile learning

What is the communication plan?

  • Plan how you will engage the community
  • Determine your needs and resources
  • How will you spread the word throughout the school

What tools and resources are necessary?

  • We’re quickly reaching the tipping point that print resources will be unavailable.
  • Outline the ways you instruct students in your school/district.
  • What platform will you use for instruction.
  • How will you ensure that your devices and resources are interoperable?

What new practices must be learned?

  • Shift the focus from the teachers to the students.
  • Redesign the learning environment.
  • Develop essential questions to guide the learning.
  • Empower student learning with assessment.
  • Emphasize the process – not just the product
  • Focus on personal passions
  • Encourage mobile learning.
  • Redefine the teacher’s role in the classroom.

How do you build capacity?

  • Develop a common language for technology use.
  • Focuson the 4 Cs of Digital Age Learning.
  • Design a personalized learning plan for teachers and school leaders.

How will you measure success?

  • Standardized assessments have led to standardized classrooms.
  • Design a learner profile that emphasizes more than just test scores.
  • Develop the ecosystem necessary for digital age learning.

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