To map out how to start a process I always turn to paper and marker first. I find it easier to get thoughts out in a visual form rather than it be tied up in my brain. Here is what I came up with on how to proceed with implementing at BYOD program at my school site.
During this venture of starting a BYOD program, it was clear to get parents' and fellow colleagues buy in at some point. It didn't need to be jump on the wagon and everyone must know everything about technology, but more about how our school site can indeed handle such a progression towards our students being 21st century learners. Luckily for the school site in this research, the administration was on board from the get go.
What ended up being established between teachers and parents was a "Technology Committee."
This committee was put together to make the communication regarding technology from parents to teachers or vice versa very transparent. And as we all know, it's so much easier for everyone to be explicit and clear on what is going on at the school.
This committee helped us all as a school understand and come up with ideas regarding a Technology Policy. The parents and teachers ideas in a collaborative setting really helped the parents understand that they were part of this process of implementing technology at this school site. If the parents felt it or not, their input was very helpful in order to establish a policy that includes all students and parents of this community.
The technology committee was also a very helpful aide to help with other technology needs at the school. So due to the BYOD program at the school site prompted such a committee, now all of the schools' technology needs are being met and fulfilled.
As for the teachers on edge about technology integration, providing them with help on ideas on what kind of websites or apps that would benefit them and their classroom it helped them become aware of little steps and what is comfortable to them. It's for a lot of teachers who feel really tech-unsavvy, can reach out for help by the tech committee or neighboring teachers. The principal saw a need for support in technology, and has made some PD Wednesdays, an open space for those with questions. We call them BYOD meetings because all we do as teachers is show eachother the newest and coolest tech tool.
My Logo Design
During the journey of BYOD, one assignment was to create a logo that would fit with my project. Since, my project was soley on BYOD so that is why its spelled out. However, I really wanted to put more happiness on what BYOD can bring to your school site. So why not brighten your day with a sun in the middle of the logo. Another personal touch to the logo is the sun since my last name is originally Sun, but somehow got switched by some ancestors at some point of my family history.