The types of hardware that currently exist in my classroom at present are:
- My own laptop
- My own iPad
- A tv/dvd cart with speakers that we use to connect to our laptop
The school I work at began 2014 with a BYOD policy with all year 7 students beginning the new year with their own iPad. Schoolwide we have seen more digital projectors placed into individual classrooms however, in the artroom we are happy with our current TV cart. I think there is always pressure on schools to use new technologies, especially due to parent expectations. There are a number of schools in our area and technology can be a major selling point for parents when they are comparing schools for their children. Yes, I think in some subjects it has made big differences to how the subject is taught, however, how the students are learning is much harder to quantify. We haven’t had much in the way of professional development opportunities in terms of using the iPads for our specific areas and this appears to be a major reason why staff have chosen to continue working without implementing them within their specific subject areas.