Monthly Archives: April 2014

TIME – a Vision beyond 1:1 and BYOD

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!

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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!

Stay tuned!

What comes after BYOD?….TIME

It’s about TIME (Technology Independent Model for Education)!

You’ve seen the discussions in corporate IT rags.  Beyond BYOD…Cisco even has a page on it.  And it’s true.  BYOD is passe.  It’s a done deal. 

You may not have even addressed it in your environment yet, but all the kids (and teachers) ran right past you while you were trying to figure out how to manage your iPads.

I first wrote about it in a previous blog in January – you’re doing BYOD whether you like it or not.  The question is, did you get out in front of it and develop an architecture to secure your wireless network?  Or are you still hanging Apple AirPorts on the wall? Meaning you have ZERO control of what your students are doing on their devices on your campus.cuddling2

So let’s not make the fatal error we (Education Technologists) warn about and repeat over and over again – It’s not about the technology – it’s about the curriculum.

The answer is TIME (Technology Independent Model for Education).  TIME, unlike 1:1 or BYOD, is truly Curriculum-based.

I’ve read study after study comparing laptops, tablets, iPads, chromebooks, etc…

The reality is all your testing is proving something that you weren’t looking for.  Students are going to get to the information they need, one way or the other.  Whether you provide it (1:1), they bring it (BYOD), or some hybrid of these models, the point that you are missing is the device is only the means of access to the data – all the information is in the cloud – and yes, once again, it happened while you were setting up your SBAC testing.

It also doesn’t matter whose cloud, as long as there is access to one, and better if there is only one.  The perfect example is GAFE (Google Apps for Education) – btw, it’s free.

If you take the moment to think about all the activities a student may encounter during his school day – and homework time – you will find that they have an Anchor device that they’d prefer to have with them all the time.  Then the 1:1 device they may have been assigned becomes the ownership and insurance nightmare you’ve come to know.

In reality, the student only needs a device in the classroom if it is part of the curriculum plan.  If the curriculum plan calls for a lecture, or field trip, why is the student carrying a laptop and a smartphone?  The device actually becomes a distraction.  “Please close your laptops and put away your cell phones!”

If a tablet is best suited for one task and not another, why are you giving one to each kid?  Are all teachers going to modify their curriculum accordingly?

The salient point of TIME is that the student (and teacher of course) have whatever technology they need, at the moment they need it.  If a Chromebook is needed for this project – here it is.  iPad? Get it, or bring it.  32 iPads – roll them in.  Testing – we’re all going to the computer lab….Yes, the computer lab.

Home computer – don’t have one?  Here’s a loaner.

TIME is 1:1 when you need it, tablets when necessary, and no devices during lecture.

It’s about TIME!