From One-to-Many to 1:1 – Handheld Learning for Learning and Teaching

Handheld Learning, One to One (1:1), Mobile Learning, Tablets for Teaching, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

These are all phrases and labels which are examples of the shift in emphasis in many situations from a dependence on desk-tied computing devices to embracing devices which are easily portable and able to be used anywhere by learners. Often these include devices owned by users themselves rather than by an educational establishment.

How can they be used to make a difference to learning and teaching? What are the practical implications of this in a school? How are barriers to successful integration overcome?   The following resources aim to help!

Guides to Making the Move to Mobile Learning

Cloudlearn “Effective practice for schools moving to end locking and blocking in the classroom” is a report by Stephen Heppell and Carole Chapman with contributions by Esther Arnott, Juliette Heppell,  Jonathan Furness, David Mitchell and Dan Roberts. This brings together research from interviews and observations  in schools where mobile technologies are in use, and where they are not. Advice is then provided on the issues surrounding the introduction of mobile devices in learning and teaching – addressing the practical considerations expressed by pupils, parents and school staff.

From Banned to Planned is a presentation by Hall Davidson about schools moving to encouraging the use of handheld devices in learning and teaching. “Please make sure your cellphones are out and on – and ringtones are set to applause!”

Mobile Learning Infokit provides much to support education establishments in moving towards use of mobile tecnhology by staff and learners in teaching and learning. This includes advice on technical, cultural and procedural  issues which may be encountered.

BYOD Questions to Consider is an article by Pam Livingston setting out questions which she recommends that schools consider when planning for Bring Your Own Device to incorporate pupil-owned devices in teaching and learning.

Embracing Mobile Learning – AUPs – this article by Heather Chaplin looks at what needs to be considered for schools moving to encouraging the use of handheld devices, with specific regard to Acceptable Use Policies.

JISC Legal Mobile Technologies and the Law sets out legal considerations of which education establishments should be aware in relation to moving to use of mobile technology in education contexts (this guide is aimed at higher and further education). JISC is the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee.

Revisiting Cell Phone Bans in Schools is an article by David Raths reporting on the shift to use mobile devices in educational establishments – with the comments accompanying the article from many within education illustrating the varied issues which need to be resolved for schools considering this move.

Creating Robust and Safe BYOD Policies is an article by Ron Schachter setting out the considerations of which Education Authorities have to take account in providing Internet access via personal devices through school infrastructure.

Mobile Learning: Pagagogical Reasons for Your Digital Pencil Case comprises the slides of a presentation by Ollie Bray showing how changes over a century ago in education were viewed, and comparing with changes in schools today embracing mobile technology, then providing examples of how mobile technology can be used in schools. Click here for further posts and presentations by Ollie Bray on the topic of mobile learning.

How-mobile-cell-phones-change-everything-when-we-do is a post by Ewan McIntosh which reminds us that the change in how we use technology like mobile devices will only happen when we change how we think about how pupils learn.

Shambles Mobile Learning Resources – resources collected by Chris Smith to support schools in using mobile learning in learning and teaching – includes videos, presentations, blog posts, websites and tools.

Cybraryman BYOD Resources – links to resources collected by Jerry Blumengarten on the use of mobile devices in education environments.

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has produced a draft guidelines document in relation to 1:1 mobile learning for schools, local education authorities and governments which sets out:
• To raise awareness, put mobile learning onto the ICT in Education agenda.
• To promote the value of mobile learning, and consider related challenges.
• To make high-level recommendations for creating policies that enable mobile learning.

Bring Your Own Device – Guide for Schools in Alberta, Canada. This guide examines the use of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models in schools. It looks at the potential opportunities and benefits, as well as the considerations, risks and implications that arise when schools allow students and staff to use personally owned devices in the classroom and school environments. Strategies, tips and techniques are included to address the considerations and manage the risks.

Project RED national survey focused on the impact of various 1:1 implementation models on student learning, drop-out rates and much more and this provides the recommendations for what actions would influence success in implementation of 1:1 mobile learning in schools.

Bring Your Own Device – a post by Samuel J Tan setting out “28 things you need to consider when implementing BYOD in schools” covering the planning stage, implementation strategies, on-going considerations, parental engagement and network infrastructure.

Mobile Phones, Classroom and Culture – Playable – this post by Dean Groom gives a voice to some of the issues some educators may raise when the prospect is first raised of having pupils use mobile devices in classrooms. And these would be issues which any school thinking of adopting the use of mobile devices would be wise to take into consideration.

Daily Insight: Embracing the BYOT Mindset – a post by Tim Clark on the School CIO blog trying to explain in what ways the concept of Bring Your Own Device (or Technology) involves more that simply enabling devices to be brought by users, but instead involves changing the mindset and culture of the educational experience for teachers and learners.

1:1 Essentials Program from Common Sense Media –  a comprehensive series of online tools, videos, guides, tips, and posters, letters, surveys as downloadable resources for printing and sharing – all designed to guide schools through the steps towards implementing 1:1 devices in their school.

INTEGRATION OF MOBILE DEVICES INTO HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS: ENGAGEMENT or DISTRACTION? – this is an academic paper by Paula Aquino of Thompson Rivers University, July 2014, setting out research which is available to provide a background to educational establishments considering the move to using mobile devices.

The Struggles and realities of student-driven learning and BYOD – a post by Katrina Schartwz on the MindShift blog which looks at surveys into the effect of mobile device use in different socio-economic area schools, and suggests considerations to be taken into account to ensure BYOD can help to address the issues identified.

5 successful BYOD practices and policies for schools – a post by Rick Delgado outlining 5 principal practices and policies which schools considering implementing a BYOD environment have found to be most helpful to them.

Examples in Educational Establishments

Tablet Time is a post by Peter Richardson on the thinking behind the decision-making process on which device to use, and why,  for use in his school. Devices change as new makes and models appear, so this post is useful in helping make a choice based on what a school is trying to achieve in learning and teaching, and how particular choices will impact on that. The post also explains other practical considerations to be taken on board.

Will the Old Teaching Tactics Work? “Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work?” is the subject of an article by Tina Barseghian which provides an overview of how schools are moving to mobile technology, the issues they have confronted, and practical steps they have taken.

Parkland School Distirct Cellphones Wiki comprises links to articles, videos, websites, blogposts, wikis and books on the use of mobile technology in schools.

Our BYOD Policy and Process is a post by Steve Johnson explaining the process involved in his school taking the decision to incorporate personally-owned devices in teaching and learning, including what that looks like in practice on a day-to-day basis in his class, and the AUP his school drew up.

Shiplake College School have shared their guidelines and tips from their discussions with teachers and pupils about the use of mobile phones in their school.

St Mary’s City Schools Mobile Technologies provides a host of resources from policies to classroom ideas, classroom clips to hints and tips.

How educators around the world are implementing mobile learning (and what you can learn from them) – a post by Saga Briggs on the informed bog which describes the experiences in 7 different educational establishments around the world, draws together the hints and tips from these experiences and provides a link to a presentation by 35 mobile learning experts.

Ideas for integrating mobile devices in learning and teaching

10 sites to use with mobile phones is a list of tools described by David Kapuler which could be useful in classrooms where mobiles are used.

Learning in Hand is a blog by Tony Vincent which concentrates on resources to support the use of hand-held devices in education.

Mobile Learning 101 is a presentation by Jason Haag which gives an overview of what mobile learning can contribute to educational contexts, strategies for implementation ,and plenty of examples of how it can be used for many different purposes.

Interesting Ways to Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom – ideas from many sources collated by Tom Barrett. And if you have additional ideas then you are invited to contribute them there too.

10 Ways to use mobile phones in the classroom – a post by Katie Lepi describing different ways in which mobile devices can be used in an educational context. There is an accompanying infographic poster which can be downloaded and displayed as a way of geenrating discussion with staff about which of these generic activities would work in their education setting, and which specific apps/tools would work best in their context.

Managing mobile devices in the classroom – the traffic light approach – an article by Aditi Rao outlining an approach to magaging the use of mobile devices in a classroom where a teacher can indicate to pupils where mobiles devices may not be used (such as exam conditions), where they can be used if chosen by the pupil, and where they would be expected to be used, all by use of displaying one of the three colours of the traffic lights red, amber and green.

Falkirk High School Computing Science Department Pinterest Board on Bring Your Own Device for Learning – collated links related to the use of mobile devices by learners in schools

BYOD4L – a blog on Bring Your Own Device for Learning created as a week-long interactive collaborative space with resources and prompts to encourage reflective activity on the topic of bring your own device for learning. Aimed at all in higher education, whether student or lecturer, the principles and activities can be adapted for other areas of education.

And How Do We Address the Digital Divide?

Teachers looking at implementing measures to support  “Bring Your Own Device” in their school would want to consider how to address the issue of the “digital divide” – the article by J Robinson may be helpful in thinking about how to ensure no pupil is disadvantaged “Digital-Divide” Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School”. Also Doug Johnson has collated resources addressing some of the questions raised by BYOD.


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