Mobile learning is quickly spreading through schools across the country. Whether looking to purchase devices for students to use or allowing students to bring their own devices, it is important to consider how devices will be used and when.
Don’t just jump blindly onto the mobile learning/BYOD bandwagon, before you start adding mobile devices to your school, check out these Do’s and Don’ts of implementing mobile learning and BOYD in your school.
Do: Ensure you have enough bandwidth to handle mobile learning
With mobile learning/BYOD, comes a lot of new devices that need access to the internet at the same time. Your current bandwidth limitations most likely won’t be enough to cover all the new devices at your school. Estimates vary, but expect to need 3 times as much bandwidth as you currently use.
To find out if your school has sufficient bandwidth for mobile learning, take the School Speed Test.
Do: Ensure you have a way to deliver content to the devices
A large benefit of adding mobile devices to classrooms is the ability to use digital resources more often. However, not all devices allow for sharing as easily as others. To simplify this process, use a mobile device management system. MediaCAST’s Mobile Learning Content Manager is a great way to easily distribute digital content to an entire class worth of devices at one time.
Don’t: Treat it as a new way to do the same old thing
If all that happens is that instead of handing out a paper worksheet, teachers send out a digital version instead, mobile learning is not truly taking place in your school. There are so many ways to create an innovative environment using mobile devices. Challenge teachers to try activities they could not have accomplished if not for the mobile devices in their classroom.
Don’t: Forget professional development training
Training teachers how to incorporate mobile devices into their classrooms is perhaps the biggest thing you can do to ensure the success of mobile learning/BYOD. Without it, the attempt will surely fail. Teachers need to be comfortable using the devices and encouraging students to use them as well. If they aren’t, the devices may never make it out of student’s backpacks, or if they do, may be no more than a glorified paper weight.
However, with proper training, teachers will embrace the mobile learning movement, and may even surprise themselves with how much they are able to do with mobile devices.
Has your school already gone through the mobile learning/BYOD implementation process? What are your top recommendations for a smooth transition?