In the past few weeks, I’ve been talking with and listening to many of our tech trainers and others in the middle and high schools around here about BYOD, the program that allows students to bring their own devices to use for instruction.
And one of the phrases most frequently used by those in the high schools to justify their slow adoption rate is that “we’re just not ready”. Not ready for whatever evil they think will come from students being able to communicate without direct supervision.
Very frustrating! I suspect many of the adults involved, especially administrators, will never be ready. They just don’t seem to be prepared to release even a little bit of control to the kids.
On the positive side, I’m very proud that many of our middle schools (and a few elementary) are taking some risks and have been rapidly implementing the idea during this school year. Very soon I suspect, those kids moving up into the high schools will force a change in the attitudes.
At least I hope so. I don’t see many signs of the shift coming from the adults.