As we review hundreds of districts in the pursuit of 1:1 and BYOD solutions, it becomes clear to the observer that many districts continue to approach the problem from the solution back to the requirement – in essence backwards!
If your district’s technology initiative begs a device-based solution, then guess what you will find? Devices!
But can any single device hope to address all requirements? No way.
1:1 Initiatives tend to focus on devices because the school or district is looking for a 1:1 device that will address near-term needs, such as assessment testing.
However, what is the long-range plan for these devices after the testing is over?
TIME (TM) – Technology Independent Model for Education – takes the curriculum-based approach and begs the question: does the student really need a device all the time, to carry from class, to class and to home?
Don’t they already have a smart phone, tablet or laptop of their own? Some students have all three, plus a higher end computer at home – that’s connected to a printer.
We also know there are times when the student doesn’t need a device. Like gym class (in the traditional gym class). Yet they’ve got one in their backpack.
With the majority of instructional content and homework data now in the cloud, device-based storage is now a hindrance. If you watch a student move from classroom, to lab, to library to home, you’ll see them use their anchor device, and anything else that might be available.
Over the next few months, we’ll be blogging and providing more detail about TIME, and how its processes and methods can help your school or district escape the device trap!