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  1. I love letting the students have the voice in this conversation. It sounds like they did a great job with this.

    You point about bullying is key. The tool is not the problem. Students don't lose the privilege of having a notebook if they had one that used as a slam book. Yet they loose computer rights if they send inappropriate emails. I really dislike that. I've never seen a teacher/administrator say that Johnny can't use pencils in class.

    I don't know where I fall on the PD part of this. Teachers do need to learn technology. Teachers that don't know technology won't connect. However, what I use in my classroom may not work for what you do in your classroom. How do you structure PD around that. Maybe the P in PD or PLC is "Personal" and Professional. Somehow you still need to share what you are learning and doing. I got super annoyed by a standard PD/PLC model that isn't reflective of my classroom.

    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I agree with you on the PD part, but I do think that people sometimes underestimate just how low some teachers are with regards to their tech knowledge.

      By the way, I got a ton of pushback on Facebook with that visual.

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  2. John, this was an awesome exercise for your sixth graders! I would love to see some of the guidelines the groups came up with. As we move toward BYOD in my district, it would be instructive to show our teachers what kids think about BYOD.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I would love to see them get a chance to help craft their policy at a district-wide level. Not sure it will happen, though. Still, it would be awesome.

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  3. I really appreciate your article. We shouldn't admonish students for using technology in the classroom we should find ways of redirecting that energy.
    Not a week goes by that you don't hear about a smaller or poorly performing district seeing a radical turn around in performance by using the advantages of technology. At the company I work for (http://learnbop.net) we are trying to enhance teacher's efforts to do just that.

    We are at time when the teacher to student ratio is already being skewed in the wrong direction because of funding or availability. Technology and adaptive software helps counter that trend.

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  4. Was there a conversation of the school or the class making recommendations about devices or writing reviews of which devices might be most helpful for students in a particular class or school?

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    1. We're thinking about doing reviews of devices on our blog. Should be interesting.

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  5. This goes to show that students are aware of what these devices can accomplish. Perhaps not in the same level as how adults would see things, but the fact that these kids know what advantages these devices can do for their classroom activities is an important factor that schools/universities, educators and parents to consider. It's really about finding the appropriate approach for specific groups of learners and integrate BYOD the best way possible for learning & skills development. Thanks for sharing this post, John.

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  6. Really interesting to see your experience with this. We're just going through this process now and we really need to involve students more. Great post!

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