I'm often captivated by the idiosyncrasies of comic book lines...great stories...and the gamble of prophesying the future of technology...guess I'll submit my tag line for the district action-figure techs, "Never mind your archaic pc...I brought my phone."
All joking aside, I think a colleague of mine really brought up a great concept...BYOD
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE - BYOD
What does this mean to technology, to the classroom, to schools?
Exactly what it states: Bring Your Own Device.
A common mistake in today's time is the idea that students are without access to the Internet...the rising trend of mobile access through cell phones outshines anyone's claim that someone might be missing out: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2296/mobile-cell-internet-web-access-phone
As this rise leads to less device control for districts...the mobile platform lends itself to being embraced by budget ravaged ISD's. The previous paradigm of computer purchases have given rise to technologies that run on the cloud...you bring your device (BYOD) and connect to the school's BYOD wifi...and that's the extent of the districts investment. Servers now crunch the data and send to laptops, phones, smart boards...with much of the CPU and RAM needs being met on the server side.
We still provide computer labs, we still have smart boards...but you will see an increase of students who, although they have issues at home due to poverty, will find a way to have a cell phone that they can easily look up a question and answer. The other day I went to go my laptop for something and a friend just pulled the info up on their phone...how silly of me to waste time booting up!
Subsidizing the computer procurement is also another avenue with Google systems and IBM offering districts the ability to "Lease" equipment that is turned over for new equipment on a schedule (also educational grants). Warranties and servicing are worked into these agreements, freeing schools from costly personnel and equipment procedures.
The "Network" is really the next playground for districts...the "Cloud" and information protection. A balancing act will begin to unfold where not just websites are housed on a server thousands of miles away from the school, but school data, email...etc. Wait, those things are already happening...
I had always thought of going paperless...but device-less...that's a new concept...
The other day, I left my laptop at work...I had been working on a website the night before and wanted to finish up...I picked up my wife's laptop and picked up right where I had left off...then it died...so I switched to my daughter's laptop...then had to give it up to the kids...so I switched to the kindle...mind you I'm still working on a website...then while laying in bed I remembered something else I had to add...I picked up my Blackberry, finished my site...BYOD at its finest.
I see a future where you access the data at the school anywhere you are...on any device...in districts where they can focus on speed and network...rather than antiquated equipment.
One last thought...if you could drop a % of your budget from purchasing equipment that will be antiquated in less than a year and invest in technology that will be current as it progresses...would you...you still have to provide computer labs...but there is a smarter way to it...imagine how cool you will look when your plan is adopted by the district...I will have your secret ring and cape ready!
Read this article on BYOD: Network Safety and Hacking BYOD -
Mike- "With Great Job Performance - Comes More Responsibility..." MHT -