“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.” By Bill Gates
Our Bring Your Own Technology implementation is going strong. (See Rolling Out BYOT Post) We are averaging about 10-12 devices per classroom ranging from iPod Touches, to Samsung Galaxies to iPads. One of our School Leadership Team (SLT) projects this year with the BYOT implementation was to come up with a way to help balance the equity among students. We knew this wasn’t a reason not to implement BYOT but we also wanted a plan.
We decide to have a donation drive. We created a ‘Wanted’ Poster (Click to view) that we are sending home to all the families in our school and giving to local business. We are hoping that with the holiday season approaching and all the new gadgets, people will donate their old gadgets to us. We are running the drive from Nov. 26th- January 25th but we will also always continue to collect. Our SLT will then take the devices and wipe the devices if they aren’t already, inventory them and donate a few devices to each room. We are hoping that between the computers the school already offers and these extra devices it will help balance the equity issue better.
Here are some more articles/blogs about Equity and BYOT:
Issues of Equity in BYOT by Tim Clark
The Importance of Equity in BYOT Implementation by Chris Hubbard
I would love to hear how your school or district is trying to do to help balance equity with your BYOT implementation.