We often talk about building 21st Century skills with adult learners and the need for integrating technology in the classroom. What does this mean for curriculum selections? It means that in order to truly assist adult learners become self directed, the curriculum must be accessible from mobile devices.
As we look at students today, their common characteristic is that they expect anywhere, anytime access to instruction. But are our learners mobile? The answer is yes!
- Over half of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone.
- 66% of adults between the ages of 25 to 34 own a smartphone.
- 44% of K-12 students have access to a smartphone.
- The mobile phone is the single most common device people use to access the Internet worldwide.
So how do we meet this demand at a time of diversity in skills, background knowledge, and access to technology in the classroom? A simple and cost effective strategy to help fill these gaps can be the establishment of a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device policy.
While this concept is becoming more popular, there are steps involved in establishing an effective BYOD plan which leads to successful student outcomes.
- A BYOD classroom enables students and teachers to access mobile devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones in the classroom.
- Program administrators and instructors need to create acceptable usage policies so students are aware of expectations in the classroom. Teaching responsible use of mobile technology also helps build digital citizenship.
- To be successful with BYOD, its more than allowing students to bring their devices, but it also includes selecting appropriate curriculum that is truly mobile.
Effective instruction has always included linking instructional strategies, rigorous curriculum, and technology to create a meaningful and engaging learning environment. BYOD offers teachers and programs the opportunity to lead with instructional technology.