Well, we did it! We pulled together a Bring Your Own Device Pilot program for our 5th grade. It was easier than I expected to be and amazingly ALL of the students are participating! We sent home letters to the the students and the parents asking them to attend a meeting to discuss the pilot. We also sent home a contract for the students and parents to sign. On Wednesday when the parents came in, we only had 2 parents! The parents had so much faith in the program that they didn’t even come to the meeting ( Pilot Letter and Bring Your Own Device KR)! One of the parents at the meeting said, “It’s about time the school did this!”. The parents were ready for this and have been extremely supportive! I can’t even say that we have had any problems! In my estimation so far the pilot is going GREAT! All of the students today opted to stay in and work on their project rather than go to recess! I think for fifth-grade we can mark that as a success!
For this project the students will be creating a book trailer for the book Hatchet by Gary Paulson. The students have brought in a variety of devices – one laptop, many ipod, ipad, and itouches. No other types of devices – the apple devices really are preferred in my opinion.
I was worried about all of the students working in different software packages and with different resources and tools, but it has really not been a problem. The students have all helped each other with their devices and I have really been managing the process and checking in with the students. The students themselves are working hard and mostly staying focused – we have had a few music issues where the students get sidetracked by music on their device.
I will continue to blog about my experience with this pilot program, but so far I am very pleased!