Middle School Computer Lessons; Bring your own device. For more ideas visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com or subscribe to this blog. I would like to hear your comments.
I recently read an article about students bringing their own devices to the classroom. It sounds like a really good idea, but there are some roadblocks for the middle school classroom. Here are some issues that I have run into when I do my “Texting Tuesday” activity with my students.
Lets list the GOOD things first:
- Students feel empowered when they bring their own device
- They are more interested in the lesson initially; you have got their attention
- In theory, every student has a device
- You can get instant feedback
- Students are engaged
Here are the issues that I have run into:
- Not every student has a device
- Device connectivity (no signal)
- Battery life
- Students do not know how to properly operate their device
- all the devices are different
- Students do not stay on task
I am at a country school and our cell range is limited at best, so this is the biggest issue when I do a project like this. The problems outnumber the good things for my class. However, I feel that my class is the exception to the rule. I do see value in having students bring their own device. As technology improves I see this being used in the classroom. More so in the higher grades. As of now, I just do this project for one class in my 9 week course. But we do use cell phones in my NXT Robotics projects and some other activities in my class (photos/calculator…).
I would love to hear your experience with this! Please comment!
Middle School Computer Lessons; Bring your own device. For more ideas visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com or subscribe to this blog.