DEC Scan Journal : Volume 33 Issue 3
2014 Volume 33, Issue 3 15 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews References and further reading Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) 2014, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, accessed 4 August 2014. Merrylands High School 2014, Merrylands High School: bring your own device, accessed 4 August 2014. NSW, Department of Education and Communities (NSWDEC) 2013, Student mobile device policy accessed 4 August 2014. Puentedura, R. 2014, Learning, technology and the SAMR model: goals, processes and practice, accessed 4 August 2014. Stavert, B . 2013, ‘Bring your own device (BYOD) in schools: 2013 literature review’, www.det.nsw.edu. au, accessed 4 August 2014. Wittmann, J. 2013, ‘Laptop leaders offer a lesson in technology’, The Sun Parramatta Holroyd, accessed 4 August 2014. Students enjoying the flexibility of mobile technology for learning at Merrylands HS Our school technology team, consisting of students, teachers and the executive regularly review all aspects of technology implementation across the school, including BYOD. We regularly gather feedback from students, teachers and parents on the implementation of BYOD so they can inform the school’s future direction and meet the needs of all stakeholders. Our student technology leadership team provide some support for student devices. We also employ a technical support officer and access Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students who are seeking work experience. Generally, students who bring their own devices have a good knowledge of how their device works and if they experience difficulties they ask peers who have similar devices for help. Each learning space has a wireless router designed to handle approximately 30 devices and so far, the wireless network is coping well. Conclusion BYOD has worked alongside the school’s current technology infrastructure to provide 21st century learning technology to our students. In our BYOD evaluations, students have indicated they have better access to technology in the classroom, a greater range of learning activities involving technology, and more useful and meaningful peer and teacher feedback.
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