DON'T USE IPADS OR LAPTOPS IN THE CLASSROOM UNTIL...


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the students have been educated about media literacy

the teachers have been educated about media literacy

the students have received significant training in cyber safety (and no, signing an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement that makes the IRS code read like 50 Shades of Grey by comparison is not sufficient)

the teachers have received significant training in cyber safety (and no, signing an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement that makes the IRS code read like 50 Shades of Grey by comparison is not sufficient)

the students have received sufficient training in using Internet-enabled devices and the training emphasizes techniques for the student to learn how to complete linear tasks while avoiding engaging in multitasking that impedes learning

the teachers are competent in classroom management and have a plan for how to foster a blended learning environment

the teachers have a clear conception of how and when the devices will be used (i.e. has already planned how much screen time vs. face time will take place, and have already tied the use of the device to important pedagogy goals)

the school has a program in place that addresses inappropriate use of the Internet and this program has been proven effective in educating and empowering students through the use of clear boundaries, expectations, and enforceable limits

the students at the school are included in the process when the aforementioned program is being designed

the teachers have collaborated enough and aligned their methods re: the devices so that students do not encounter an endless array of teaching styles that ask them to switch to a new platform and work flow model five times a day

All of the above takes time

But it is time well invested

Time that will pay many dividends

Time that will save time

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