BYOD & Education

BYOD is the catch phrase for technology education in 2012.  This acronym stands for “bring your own device”, and refers to children bringing their own technology like smartphones, tablets, and laptops for educational use. Many parents are asked to purchase the technology devices needed for kids.

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Advantages

For educators, this opportunity to have technology devices is amazing!  They can have children utilize  e-textbooks, watch videos, use educational apps, research online, complete digital learning projects (photography, video/video editing, word processing, desktop publishing), all to reinforce ideas that are being taught.  This type of learning is typically referred to as blended learning.  Children are typically more engaged in learning with technology, learn 21st century skills, and can increase learning outcomes.

Disadvantages

For younger students, bringing the devices might prove to be difficult.  What happens if the child forgets the device or what happens if the device is taken by another person?  There must be a system in place to help younger kids to keep track of their devices.

Also, what happens if a child cannot afford to purchase the device requested?  In most instances, PTA organizations or local businesses step up to help families in need, however a plan needs to be in place to help provide the same resources for all of the students.

Overall, with insightful planning, written school policies, and a filtered network, children can bring their own technology devices to utilize them for engaging learning activities.  This system can help to make 1:1 computing a reality.

Article By Laura Ketcham-VanHellemont

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