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Bring Your Own Technology
Mal Lee/Martin Levins
This book is designed to provide teachers and parents alike an insight into the bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) revolution sweeping across entire school communities in Australia, the US and UK, and explain the immense implications of these developments.
In time all schools in the developed world will move to students using their personal mobile technology in class, rather than it being provided by the school. It is not a case of if, but when. BYOT is like a tsunami coming across the horizon. The forces impelling the change and the potential educational, social development, economic, technological and political opportunities opened by the development will not only bring about its introduction but will soon fundamentally change the nature of schooling, teaching, the technology used, home-school relations and the resourcing of schools.
The potential implications of the development are immense. BYOT is far more than a technical change. However its full potential will only be realised by schools, their leadership and their communities collaborating astutely to achieve the normalised 100% student use of the technology. That challenge will be considerable. This book, drawing on the work of the pathfinding schools and education authorities in the UK, US and Australia, is designed to provide teachers and parents alike an insight into:
Why the development needs to be embraced
The imperative of authentic collaboration between home and school
What each school needs to do to ready itself
How to deal with the raft of options
The kind of whole school community implementation strategy required
The practicalities of achieving sustained total student usage and the many dividends that will then flow.
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