“Bring your own device” (BYOD) initiatives are relatively new in education, cropping up in the last few years as schools—under tight budget constraints—seek ways to leverage student-owned devices for learning.
Supporters of the BYOD movement say students are instantly more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but educators face a number of challenges in making BYOD work in their schools.
For instance, what if some students don’t bring a smart phone, laptop, or tablet computer of their own? How can educators make sure that students use their mobile devices only for educational purposes, or that these devices won’t compromise the district’s network security? How can school leaders address the concerns of parents?
We’ve talked with ed-tech leaders in a number of districts with BYOD initiatives, and here’s how they’re meeting these challenges in their schools.
Read More: How to make BYOD work for your schools | eSchool News.
BYOD is the catch phrase in the 2012 educational technology spheres. This acronym stands for ” Bring Your Own Device “, I am pretty sure you might have heard of this new trend because wherever you turn you hear people talking about embracing it. I actually have been reading a lot about it to the point that I deem it important that I share with you some of what I understood from BYOD .
Bring Your Own Device or BYOT ( Bring Your Own Technology ) has started in the business world with corporations encouraging their employees to bring their own technology devices such as laptops to use in the work place. This was a strategy to cut down on technology costs and spendings because of the financial crisis the world has witnessed in the recent couple of years. The strategy worked quite well and without even knowing it, it moved to education and so many school districts are embracing it.
BYOD in education refers to students bringing their own technology devices (smartphones, tablets, and laptops.) to school for educational uses. This was initially started by college students, but it soon spread to K-12 education. Schools that used to depend on government funds to provide technology that students would need for the school day , are now turning that responsibility to the parents by asking them to purchase the technology devices needed for schools, which, fortunately enough, most students actually own. This would cut down on schools’ huge yearly technology expenditure. But the pertinent question here is : does this BYOD work ? Does it improve students learning ?
Full text: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: What Teachers Need to Know about BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device ) Trend in Education.
Teenagers. They may forget your request to mow the lawn, fill up the gas and clean their rooms, but they’ll never fail to bring their smartphone or tablet when they go out of the house.
Indeed, teens would be the dream demographic for an organizational Bring Your Own Device policy – they use them constantly, they could train your IT staff on the latest devices, etc. – apart from the inconvenient fact that you don’t really need an iPhone to man the french fry station at Jack in the Box.
But schools, that’s a whole different ball of wax. Katy Independent School District in Texas figured out how to leverage BYOD with its students, turning what had once been a classroom disruptor into a learning tool – and better test scores.
Full Text: How This School District Turned its Students’ Love of Mobile into Better Learning, Test Scores | ZDNet.
When setting up a mobile learning course, it is not always easy to get everyone on the same page. There are a lot of factors that can vary from learner to learner. Nevertheless, any learning will benefit from a strong learning community that feels connected to each other. So I went through my mobile strategy notes and filtered out 5 ways that I have been using to grow the community spirit of a new mLearning group at the beginning of a course. Feel free to share yours, I feel that there are much more ideas out there.
In my case the mobile courses are mostly developed for people already having a personal, mobile learning device (smartphone, tablet, internet enabled cell-phone…) and using them to access the course (BYOD). This pushes me to combine community activities that also increase mobile skills. BUT before asking newbies to get their mobile devices out and use them, I always stress the importance of WiFi for financial reasons.
So here are my 5 ways to strengthen a mLearning community
Full Text: @Ignatia Webs: 5 ways to strengthen a #BYOD #mLearning community.
Over the past few years, Forsyth County Schools in Georgia has been moving toward allowing students to bring their own technology to school.
The district updated its acceptable use policies, beefed up its infrastructure and piloted the initiative. But the schools decide what that initiative would look like in their buildings.
In all 35 schools, students can bring personal devices. In 25 schools, the initiative has permeated the buildings, and in the other 10, has made its way to some individual classes.
As more students bring their own devices to school, Forsyth County Schools prepares teachers to facilitate learning and assess different kinds of work.
Full Text: Bring Your Own Technology Empowers Educators to Facilitate Learning.
Are bring your own device (BYOD) policies a high-tech classroom distraction, or are they key to broadening access and creating personalized blended-learning experiences for students?
Early reports indicate some of both. The implications of schools allowing smartphones and iPads on campus differ significantly depending on whether schools use the devices to create technology-rich traditional classrooms or to extend access to transformative blended-learning models to far more students.
Conclusion: Mobile technology can help deliver the vision of students learning at their own pace and at any time. But intentional strategy is the key to channel the technology toward the wished-for results.
Full Text: Mobile Matters for Blended Learning — THE Journal.
Cellphones and other electronic devices, once banished to school lockers, are becoming part of classroom lessons in some area school districts.
From pop quizzes through text-messaging to lab results loaded onto electronic tablets to looking up information on smart phones, teachers are finding ways to engage students with the latest devices.
“Technology is part of kids’ lives. It’s here to stay,” said Superintendent Robert Scott of Avon Lake, a district in its fifth year of building its wireless network.
Full Text: Northeast Ohio schools welcome electronic devices to promote learning | cleveland.com.
As companies debate the merits of allowing employees to bring their own smartphones and computers to work, another sector is forging ahead allowing a younger generation to do just that and more.
Some schools are not only allowing students to bring laptops and tablets to class in keeping with the trend known as BYO device or BYOD, they are also outsourcing technical support to the students themselves.
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