Bring your own device
Bring your own device (BYOD) (also called bring your own technology (BYOT), bring your own phone (BYOP), and bring your own PC (BYOPC)) means the policy of permitting employees (students) to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace (school), and use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.
- Should we start thinking about developing a version of Alice for mobile platforms? (We often receive inquiries as to whether such a version exists.) This is certainly something we cannot tackle in the near term. As always, available resources dictate what is possible.
- What would be the purpose of a mobile Alice? Does a different platform imply a different expectation for the tool?
- What would a mobile version of Alice look like? We may not be able to start working on such a version, but that does not mean we cannot give this some thought.
- Is simply taking Alice in its current form and migrating it to work on mobile devices a good idea, or even practical, given the form factor?
- If there is a different goal for mobile Alice (see point #2), then how does that inform the “shape” of Alice?
But if we cannot do anything about creating a mobile Alice software package right now, we can certainly think about how BYOD can and should inform Alice curriculum.
- There seems to be some linkage between BYOD and the flipped classroom. Does the curriculum materials we have and continue to develop support flipped learning?
- I made the observation yesterday that the textbook in K-12 seems to be dying. Are we overly textbook-centric in our approach to developing curriculum?
- How well do our curriculum materials transfer to different mobile platforms?
- Delivery of content. Do our current models of curriculum distribution make sense in a BYOD environment?
- Evaluation. I have not seen much on this topic yet, not that it is not out there. How does BYOD change evaluation of student learning?
Lots of things to think about, and I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
From under the bridge,