Bring your own technology
Mal Lee and Martin Levins
Australian Council for Educational Research Press
Review by Christina Preston. Published: 12 Dec 2015.
This book is designed to provide teachers and parents alike an insight into the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-technology (BYOT) that Lee and Levins believe is a revolution sweeping across entire school communities in Australia, the US and UK. They see BYOT as a tsunami coming across the horizon. The question is not if, but when.
In this book, they aim to explain the immense implications of these developments in the use of tablets as they see them. Senior leaders in schools will find valuable practical advice about setting up and sustaining tablet projects as well as the justifications for doing so. The authors suggest that the forces impelling the introduction of such technologies and the potential educational, social development, economic, technological and political opportunities opened up by these developments will soon fundamentally change the nature of schooling, the technologies of teaching and learning teaching, home-school relations and the resourcing of schools.
They have drawn on the work of pathfinding schools and education authorities in the UK, US and Australia, in order to designed to provide teachers and parents alike an insight into:
- Why such developments need to be embraced;
- The imperative of authentic collaboration between home and school;
- What each school needs to do to ready itself;
- How to deal with the raft of options;
- The kind of whole school community implementation strategy required;
- The practicalities of achieving sustained total student usage and the many dividends that will then flow.
To help further that understanding join the authors’ online community called the ‘Digital Evolution of Schooling’ that keeps abreast of new developments as they emerge. To join the group email Mal Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow the blog: http://www.digitalevolutionofschooling.net/
Both authors are MirandaNet members and Mal Lee is also a MirandaNet Scholar who both stimulates and contributes to debates on related topics on MirandaLink
The book is available from all good online retailers.
About the authors
Mal Lee is an author and educational consultant specialising in the use of digital technology in the evolution of schooling. He is a former director of schools and secondary college principal who writes extensively on effective use of use of technology in teaching. He is the co-author of ‘Leading a Digital School’, ‘The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools’, ‘The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution’ and ‘Developing a Networked School Community’.
Martin Levins is Director of Information Technology at The Armidale School. A pioneer in the use of the digital in teaching in Australia Martin for the last two decades has been one of the gurus in the use of Apple technology in education. As the education columnist for MacWorld Martin continues to shape the astute use of Apple’s technology in teaching.