Supporting those in #BYOD need
The reality was and the enthusiasm was, here. Teachers and students @TreelinePDSB were bringing their own devices seeking out the new opportunities that would lie ahead but within the walls of every school are those students who do not have the opportunities that all of their peers have. When speaking BYOD, there are those who do not have a personal device, those whose parents were not ready to embrace BYOD whether as a result of trust issues or as an understanding of how the devices would be used to foster a stronger learning environment. Support would be needed for these students to ensure the was an equal opportunity for strengthening their learning. The had always been the questions of, “What do we do with our fundraising money?” The suggest came, “Let’s buy some technology!” Our committee along with the support of parent council dove in, we made our 1st purchase of school devices (iPad 2’s, a mobile COW and a MBP for maintaining the iPad’s). But we had to be patient, the order would need approval from the board, as no tender with Apple Canada was in place. Some 6 weeks later a very large crate and 3 fair sized brown boxes arrived. Those who knew what we had ordered were a wee bit excited. But we still had to wait, protection was needed. It would have been careless to put the devices out there without having some sort of case to protect them. I looked to the Internet for some reasonably priced case that would fit into the slim slot of the Bretford iPad COW. My research brought me to the Otterbox Commuter case on Amazon. The order was placed and two days later the cases arrived. The COW, the iPads and the case were swiftly unboxed by a small group of eager students in my homeroom class. We were ready to support students with our first purchase of mobile school devices. But we were hungry for more, we would join together, a small collective group of those interested in strengthening our mobile technologies to write a proposal seeking funding to purchase additional devices. Our target, our Superintendent of Education. The result,a little bit of money and another mobile COW loaded with 25 Acer Netbooks. Things @TreelinePDSB were looking up for ALL.