Planning for BYOD in 2017

A few posts ago I talked about ensuring that I plan better for 2017 to hopefully ensure that I complete the tasks that I want to. One of the major changes at my school is the beginning of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for all students.

Planning for this change is exceptionally important as it is the planning that ensures its success.


To plan for this change I am going to use the smart goal planner that I eluded to in Leading Change in 2017 and also use the successful change model by Knoster to guide the goals that I select to focus on for the next 6 month. After 6 months I will re-evaluate and adjust my planning for the remainder of 2017.

As I mentioned above to form my SMART goals I am going to use a template provided by Tina Doe  for planning effective SMART goals. Tina is an Education Consultant and has given me permission to share her template. (staff-smart-goal-template planner by Tina Doe at


The following points will form the actions and comments that I will make in my SMART goal planner. (Based on Knoster’s change model)


My vision for BYOD is that 50% of students bring a device to class that can be used in all of the mathematics classes should they choose to and that there would be at least one activity per week that students would benefit from having a device to use.


There are a number of skills that I will be focusing on developing in my staff.

  • How to trouble shoot simple issues
  • How to design effective lessons using devices
  • How to set up a digital classroom
  • How to use a digital classroom to interact with students and track their learning
  • How to design lessons that adapt to device and no device

There are many more skills that I could work on with my staff, however to prevent staff feeling overwhelmed. Ensuring that staff are given development opportunity in the above points will prevent initial blocking excuses.


The main incentive that I can provide staff if offline time to assist them in developing new lessons and learning experiences.


Staff will be able to apply for the purchasing of resources that they may need and this will then be negotiated with the relevant administration personal.

The school already has most programs that staff will require and  we also have a provided LMS.

Action Plan

My SMART plan will ensure that there are clear timelines and measures over the next 6 months. This will ensure that we stay on track with our overall goal and provide staff with certainty that we are planning for a successful implementation.

Fingers crossed for a successful implementation of BYOD in Maths next year.

What are you doing to get BYOD working in your school? Comment below or on our Facebook page.


About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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