Presenter Q&A: Roger Minier

Roger Minier Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation

Roger Minier Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation will present 1:1 and BYO Technology: What Works, What Does Not? during the Statewide Education Conference Nov. 1-2. He will share research and best practice strategies for use of 1:1 computing. He recently offered a preview of his session.

Q: What are the major misconceptions or challenges about personal technology that prevent more schools from including it in instruction?
A: Often student use of technology is viewed as a distraction not directly related to core academic concepts and ‘the test’; nothing could be further from the truth. Technology tools and use of online resources is critical for testing, AND for preparing students for their future success on the job and in their daily life.

The cost in terms of dollars for equipment as well as for teacher professional development is the other factor slowing adoption to tech tools in K-12 instruction. Most districts find 60-80% of their students already have access to the Internet after school, and many are already bringing their smart phones or other mobile technology to class. However, as more districts move to a ‘Bring Your Own (BYO)’ approach, cost becomes less of an issue.

Providing teachers the professional development they need to make effective use of this technology IS a challenge many districts are facing. Districts that follow a strategic implementation plan, l find high-impact strategies like posting homework assignments online can begin after just 2-3 hours of professional development.

Q: What can districts do to build support for BYO programs?
A: As part of this support-building process, teaching staff, administration, parents, and community members need to be shown how BYO helps prepare students for their further education AND their life’s occupation.

Providing clear policies on use of the device, and creating opportunities for students of all economic means to participate are critical steps in the early stages of implementation. Then building on the solid foundation of why and how BYO works, teachers must provide learning experiences in and beyond the classroom that use technology and online resources in ways meaningful to students.

Q: What are two key benefits to incorporating BYO into instruction?
A: BYO helps engage students through online content, communication, collaboration, and by taking advantage of the tools many students already can access at home and school. it also helps teachers by providing formative assessments, allowing for differentiated instruction, and by compiling student data almost automatically. BYO helps students learn, and prepares them with the skills needed both in and beyond their formal p-20 education.

Q: What do you think the next technological advancement impacting college and careers will be?
A: Forecasting the future in technology is always risky, but one thing we are certain of is that virtually every student and worker of the 21st century will be expected to research, write and communicate effectively using mobile tech tools. Tablets like the iPad and Android devices are all the rage right now, but  the lack of keyboard and mouse can significantly impact writing performance. So, I’m looking for something with all the ‘neat’ features of an iPad like touch screen and easy-to-use apps, but which also allows use of a standard keyboard and mouse (try editing a 400-word document with and without a mouse and you will see what I mean!)

Access to the Internet all day, every day, by every student and worker will change our testing – and our instructional focus – in ways difficult to foresee right now.

Q: How will your experience benefit conference attendees?
A: Participants will discover the two most cited models of BYO and blended learning, be able to determine what research and best practice are showing regarding the benefits of BYO and Blended Learning, and receive a step-by-step guide to implementing BYO (or any 1:1 program) in their district.


Ohio’s Annual Statewide Education Conference
Ohio’s FREE Statewide Education Conference will empower ALL Ohio educators to exercise their skills in implementing the practices that permit students to excel toward college and career readiness. Presentations will focus on innovative education reforms to support and accelerate academic achievement and progress.

View the list of available sessions and the conference schedule.

Advanced registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Carr at adrienne.carr@education.ohio.gov.

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