New Pilot Program at Millburn H.S. Focuses On Portable Technologies

Dr. Burton (center) presenting the recent HIB numbers.  Credits: Brad Klein
Assistant Superintendents Michael Ryan (left) and Kyle Arlington (right) presenting the BYOD Initiative. Credits: Brad Klein
Simon Westfall-Kwong, Co-President of the Deerfield School PTO, commenting on BYOD pilot program goals. Credits: Brad Klein

MILLBURN, NJ - Assistant Superintendents Michael Ryan and Kyle Arlington presented the goals and implementation processes for the “Bring Your Own Device” pilot program at Millburn High School.

The purpose of BYOD is to provide students and teachers with “anytime, anywhere access to technology” in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. The pilot aims to provide a modern learning environment, giving the students the capability to be a “21st century learner”.

“Critical thinking to solve problems, making informed decisions, and providing students with new opportunities to share and collaborate” is the intent, commented Arlington.

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The BYOD concept is modeled after Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition). It is meant to be implemented step by step in chronological order. After Augmentation the teacher is thought to have crossed the threshold from enhancing learning to transforming learning. Puentedura developed this model as a way for teachers to evaluate new technologies in their lessons and curriculum.

Devices can be used by students through classroom management tools inside and outside of school, such as Google Classroom. Students will have the ability to take notes, organize material in electronic folders, and instantly access multimedia resources. Students will be able to enjoy the benefits of the BYOD Initiative without the distractions of many sites on the Internet, as the BOE intends to filter content on student devices. Students will be required to use the school server during the day.

Following the BYOD Initiative presentation, Dr. Christine Burton reported on the total number of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) acts that occurred during the previous reporting period, 9/1/2015 to 12/31/2015. Out of the 11 reported incidents by the district’s seven schools, only one was found to be HIB in nature. After the investigation of the offense, the student offender received after school detention for three days.

The budget for the 2016-2017 school year will be finalized between April 25 and May 9, now that the state aid numbers have been received.

The BOE agreed to accept the new playground located at the Glenwood School as a donation from the Glenwood PTO. 

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