In a BYOD, bring your own (family provided) device, program students and teachers bring their own mobile devices to school to use in the classroom. A BYOD program gives relief to schools that struggle with funding a technology program. Students and teachers both feel more comfortable being able to work on their own devices. While this type of program may seem simple to implement there are important factors to consider.

Pros

  • Students take ownership AND responsibility for their device and its use
  • Concentrated technology funding for students who need it
  • Increased accessibility to information
  • Increased creativity – variability of the apps to do the same function
  • Already familiar with device and apps
  • Digital literacy
  • Up-to-date technology
  • Shorter implementation

Cons

  • Technology as a status symbol
  • Distractions
  • Limited to browser-based content
  • Teachers MUST have training in the use of BYOD in the classroom (guide on the side, not sage on the stage)
  • No control over the device content or Internet content access
  • Increased security risks
  • Increased IT support- managing multiple platforms
  • Bandwidth and crowded networks[i]
  • Teachers MUST be familiar/flexible in multiple platforms and/or facilitate peer-to-peer support

Further information is readily available on the Internet. A complete guide in one document is the ebook, The Ten Commandments of BYOD, published by MaaS360 and available for download at http://www2.maas360.com/services/maas360-ten_commandments_of_byod_bring-your-own-device.php

http://Blog.asurion.com/ask-the-expert/pros-cons-byod/

http://blog.iste.org/5-questions-choosing-11-mobile-learning-device/


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