Innovator: Daniel De Leon, Modern Language Instructor/educational Technologist, Sandia Prep, Albuquerque, NM

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Innovator: Daniel De Leon, Modern Language Instructor/educational Technologist, Sandia Prep, Albuquerque, NM


>> MAKING BYOD PART OF THE PLAN

Being an independent school can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to educational technology. We aren't tied to any requirements, but without such guidance it's easy to get lost. So our head of school recently commissioned the Technology Leadership Committee, which I chair, to draft the school's first technology strategic plan. Out of that, we decided to formally implement a BYOD policy. This was a big step for us. A lot of teachers, including myself, have been allowing our students to bring their devices, but through this formal process we can look on a schoolwide basis at what our students have, what more we need to provide and how the technology is being used in classrooms.

>> WHY I'M A BELIEVER

By making technology more available to all students, we are personalizing the instruction process, giving all learners the opportunity to go at their own pace. As a teacher, I can facilitate that process and see where students are getting stuck--which may not be the same at the same point for every student. The other important component [of a BYOD approach] is collaboration. For this generation, sharing information is very intuitive, and that's enabled by technology.

>> SOCIAL MEDIA OPENS NEW AVENUES

Last year the curriculum in one of my Spanish courses involved using social media in the educational process. Everything students created had to be communicated through a social media platform of their choice. All of the classroom lessons were designed and recorded by the students with video and text presentations, they were put up on the social media, and the students had to include some type of interactive communication. …

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