According to Wikipedia (revised July, 2016), ” Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to a policy permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices…and use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.” Policies for BYOD seem to be popping up in many places such as several workplaces, libraries and schools.
A few positives mentioned by Peter Martini (2013) are :
^ [an] “increase in student and teacher collaboration”
^”extended learning beyond the traditional classroom walls”
^”cutting costs for many school districts”
The benefits mentioned above are a step in the right direction towards the support of BYOD policies in schools but what are some issues that schools (and other companies) may run into if students are allowed to furnish their own devices. Martini’s article summarizes the largest issue lies with security.
NeaToday has a good article asking “Should Schools Embrace “BYOD?’ by Emma Chadband (2012). Chadband offers a few benefits to BYOD being cheaper for districts and making a flipped classroom more attainable for students. Further down the article, Chadband also explains BYOD policy may lead to costing extra money by having to train the teacher to use equipment. According to Andrea Prejean, from the Chadband (2012) article, “Without proper planning, implementation and professional development, BYOD may not work as people have hoped. This again falls onto what the teacher is comfortable with fitting into their classroom because the PD may not be district funded.
What does the future hold for this emerging technology of BYOD in education? An article from Tim Panagos (2013) from Wired labeled The Future of Education: BYOD in the Classroom attempts to find an answer. Panagos states that “schools across the globe are testing out a more dynamic learning environment.” Many of the schools are pushing for a BYOD policy but many parents still have valid concerns as we have seen in numerous other articles. Panagos writes that a few of these concerns are:
- Distractions of games and videos
- Unmonitored social networking leading to bullying or predation
- Consumption (and creation) of inappropriate content
- Social status and stigma of devices
Panagos would like parents to understand that change is already here and states that” the human condition is radically improved by the immediacy of information and social interconnectedness that these devices enable.” He may be onto something to the effect of this “condition” is a way of life for many but it also not as deeply sought after in some communities and it may be that parents are just not ready for their young children to be exposed to more information than necessary.
Chadband, E. (2012) Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? Retreived from http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/ on July 12, 2016.
Martini, P. (2013) 4 Challenges That Can Cripple a School’s BYOD Program. Retreived at http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/4-challenges-can-cripple-schools-byod-program/ on July 13, 2016.
Panagos, T. (2013) The Future of Education:BYOD in the Classroom. Retreived from http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/09/the-future-of-education-byod-in-the-classroom/ on July 15, 2016.
Wikipedia Retreived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_your_own_device on July 12, 2016.