BYOD and Collaboration

According to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), “One-to-one and BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] are game changers, giving students access to digital tools throughout the day, across all subject areas. This challenges educators to rethink and redesign learning activities to make the most of their school’s investment in technology.”

Educational institutions across the country with successful one-to-one device initiatives report similar results. Demonstrating increased student achievement, higher engagement, enhanced digital literacy skills, better understanding of the digital landscape, and improved career prospects. Furthermore these institutions also attribute innovative and engaging student assignment capabilities to the wide-ranging apps and programs available on personal learning devices.

Learning becomes knowledge-driven as BYOD fosters better problem-solving skills, with students using their devices to ask questions and undertake their own research. This is proven to be more beneficial than just passively listening to a lecture.

Collaboration and BYOD in the Classroom

Creating a collaborative learning environment is an excellent way to harness the power of technology. Progressing from one-to-one, a ‘connected classroom’ will enable you to deliver lessons which support personalised learning whilst simultaneously encouraging group collaboration. A ‘connected classroom’ combines traditional front-of-class delivery with activities which take place on individual’s devices.

Often-overlooked in the ‘connected classroom’ initiative is the need for additional tools to allow sharing and collaboration between students. By the nature of BYOD, students will be using various devices that have differing connectivity. Hence furniture which comes with this connectivity integrated into its design is necessary to ensure students stay involved in the class activities. Without furniture that allows students and devices to come together, share and collaborate, the classroom may become a solitary experience. Collaborative tables facilitate student’s engagement with each other while maintaining the connection between teachers and the subjects they are studying.

Encouraging interactions using connected devices, shared screens or even table-top writing surfaces means that students stay engaged for longer. Students should be able to use a device and share whatever they have on the screen with anyone in the classroom.

TOP-TEC specialise in technology integrated furniture that facilitates BYOD practices. If you are interested in creating a more engaging learning space that facilitates the use of technology, please speak to a member of our team today on 0121 783 3838, or alternatively, get in touch via sales@top-tec.co.uk.

You may also be interested in our previous blog post on Education Spaces and The Change in Teaching Practices.