BYOD Learning Environment - Tyngsborough High School
We believe that technology is a valuable educational tool that is deeply tied to the Tyngsborough Public Schools vision to provide an inclusive, innovative and individualized experience that challenges all learners to maximize their potential and positively impact our world.
To that end, we actively promote a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learning environment at Tyngsborough High School. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to have a laptop or Chromebook available for use during the school day.
The focus of the BYOD not about the devices themselves. Rather, it is about changing the teaching and learning environment in the classroom. We know that technology alone does not improve learning, but when combined with the right instruction from skilled staff, the opportunities can become limitless. Having ongoing access to technology will also help your child to foster greater independence, increase engagement, and develop the skills required to thrive in the 21st Century.
The district's BYOD goals are to:
Increase student engagement and productivity through personalized learning and access to technology for all
Extend and expand learning beyond the school day with anytime, anywhere learning
Provide authentic and relevant learning experiences
Foster 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and global awareness
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Narrative: With BYOD eliminating the need to reserve computer labs or carts in advance, many teachers and students are taking advantage of the increased flexibility that “always available” technology creates.
Narrative: Students reported the increase in interactive and collaborative activities. While students mentioned that many teachers already used technology in prior years, we have seen a 50% increase this year in the use of Google Classroom (an online workflow system that allows for real-time collaboration and a “one-stop shop” for class resources and assignments).
Narrative: Many students reported that it was easier and faster to take down information via their device, and they could organize and store their notes in a better fashion when created digitally. However, some students also noted that they still prefer to hand-write their notes, and that is also fine. The convenience of having all of their information in one place and being able to quickly access it in school or at home, as well as the ability to quickly look up information or access online help to reinforce concepts at any time was also noted.
Narrative: The results of our trimester 1 survey were overwhelmingly positive. In an open-ended question asking about educational impact, 33% of respondents used the words “Easier to”, “faster” or “quicker”. Responses show that most students embrace the flexibility and independence to use their own personal device in a way that works best for their learning and management style.