[OZTL_NET] ipad use in the library during lunchtime

Mal Lee mallee at mac.com
Fri Mar 6 08:26:16 AEDT 2015


Kerry

Typically when schools consider the move to BYOT and trusting the children to use their own suite of digital technologies 'appropriately' many teachers are deeply concerned that the kids will abuse the trust shown in them

It would be fair to say some teachers are almost paranoiac

What one sees in virtually every instance is that the school initially adopts a lengthy, often highly specific student usage policy of what can and cannot be done

The research typically reveals that despite the teacher's anxiety there are no hassles - the kids typically value the trust shown in them - and that in time that strict usage policy is dispensed with and a set of general philosophical points, sometimes unwritten, are agreed upon

One of the starker examples was The Thomas Hardye School in Dorset, a vast Sixth Form College with 300 staff

It started with a 14 page usage policy that I was told went through much committee work

Today the school has a one page statement with three general principles, it never having to invoke its usage policy

Kerry - this is not to say there haven't been or won't be students who abuse the trust.  

What it says is that the school starts from a position of trust - not distrust - and deals with any who abuse that trust

But let's also be aware of the reality.  One is talking about astute young people who know their in school activity is channelled thru the school's filtered network

The vast majority of the kids have the ready facility to bypass the use of the school's network if so desired - or if the controls on that network are too tight

In talking recently with the head of a girl's boarding school she noted many of the girls had three phones - two of which they might declare

The kind of issues you raise, plus the very real issue of equity are invariably addressed into the daily teaching and discussions in the schools

As you'd expect, as astute educators venture into unchartered waters they are very mindful of the situation they are encountering and address those concerns in their evolutionary journey

Cheers

Mal
> On 5 Mar 2015, at 4:47 pm, Kerry Neary <nearyf at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
> 
> Hi Mal
> 
> You say: 'And the remarkable thing that was apparent in revisiting the case study schools interviewed in the UK, US, NZ and Australia three years ago is that the schools have had no or virtually no hassles.'
> 
> By what criteria was this judgement made?
> 
> Did it include:
> 
> degree of social interaction
> development of fine motor skills of the hand
> depth of reading
> breadth of reading
> effects from increased screen reading time
> length of concentration span
> ability to persevere on tasks
> recognition of intellectual property rights
> evaluating sources
> gender differences in digital technology choices
> socio-economic divide and the Matthew Effect
> 
> These are just some of the concerns regarding 'technological evolution' that I have encountered in my reading.
> 
> Not always in 'hard' research; a lot of it anecdotal (not mine) - but for something to become anecdotal certain behaviours must have been observed.
> 
> What in fact, is meant by 'no hassles'?
> 
> Kerry Neary
> Ret TL
> 
> 
> 
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> To: Susan Osborne
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> Subject: Re: [OZTL_NET] ipad use in the library during lunchtime
> 
> Dear colleagues/Susan/Alice
> 
> As one looking at the digital evolution of schooling it is fascinating watching this discussion
> 
> Unwittingly what each of your are doing is to provide an insight into your school's current culture, the nature of its ecosystem and where your school sits on the schools evolutionary continuum. In this instance the focus is the nature of the control the school believes it should exercise over each child's learning and teaching within the school walls, and the extent to which it is willing to trust the students with the technology they are already 24/7/365 - where 80% plus of that usage is outside the school walls unfettered by the school.
> 
> On the continuum these are cultures where the school believes it must unilaterally control the teaching and learning - and where it should continue with the approach schools have used for the last century, of distrusting all the young - believing the children can't use the valuable instructional technology appropriately.
> 
> Well along the evolutionary continuum there is in contrast schools which - after years of concerted effort and thinking - have created a school ecosystem, an ecology - where the control of the teaching and learning is distributed, where all the 'teachers' of the young work collaboratively in the 24/7/365 education of the young and where the young are trusted - nay actively encouraged - by the school to use the digital naturally and aptly 24/7/365
> 
> In those schools, in their iCentres, in their school grounds the children are free to use their chosen suite of digital technologies as they wish - the usage being monitored thru the school's Wi Fi network
> 
> And the remarkable thing that was apparent in revisiting the case study schools interviewed in the UK, US, NZ and Australia three years ago is that the schools have had no or virtually no hassles
> 
> But - and this a the vital but - those schools have over the years consciously shaped the desired total school community ecosystem
> 
> Kind regards
> 
> Mal Lee
> 
> 
>> On 5 Mar 2015, at 8:24 am, Susan Osborne <Susan.Osborne at haileybury.vic.edu.au> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Alice
>> 
>> We are a one-to-one iPad school from Years 5 to 12 here and it is the policy (at least for middle school - years 5 to 8) that iPads are to be secured in lockers at recess and lunchtime. No exceptions. We offer a PC gaming day once a week for the boys and once a week for the girls and we have board games available every day for them, as well as sport on our Foxtel screen.  It was a hard adjustment for them to make initially, but it is paying off now - there are groups coming in to play role-play card games and Uno tournaments are gaining traction - all organised by the students themselves.  There are a few less in the library on some days - but it means they are socialising and enjoying time in the fresh air instead - so it's still a win! We are exploring the jigsaw puzzle idea (I have one of those mats you can roll the puzzle up in) and I am thinking of running a weekly scavenger hunt in the colder months with the prize of a $5 canteen voucher (which would buy a small hot chocolate and a hash brown) for the inner each week.
>> But definitely no iPads at recess or lunch.
>> 
>> Sue Osborne
>> Head of Library Services - Brighton
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>> Subject: [OZTL_NET] ipad use in the library during lunchtime
>> 
>> Hi everyone,
>> 
>> I was wondering if I could get some advice from my fellow teacher librarians.
>> 
>> The assistant principal at my school is concerned that many students (mostly the boys) are too obsessed with their ipads. The boys play games on it during the entire recess and lunch time in the library. I have observed them skipping lunch and are also not getting enough exercise or fresh air outside. They will sit 45 mins straight on the library sofas with their ipads.
>> 
>> I would like to ask if any of you have had a similar problem and how you dealt with it? Or just any ideas on what I should do to get the boys not to play on their ipads anymore? We have plenty of board games and books in the library but not very utilised at lunch time.
>> 
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated for a newbie!
>> 
>> Alice Lee (Teacher librarian at Mount Alexander College)
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