Week 9: Does every school need a “BYOD” policy?

Should every school have a BYOD Policy? There are many pros and cons to this  initiative.

“With the proper policies and ground rules in place – and the program doesn’t exist merely to cut costs and corners – BYOD can work for educators and students. If banning mobile devices increasingly becomes an outdated option, districts must ensure that schools have the tools and resources to create safe and constructive learning environments.” (Chaband, 2012) We have to be creative if this is going to work out. There are policies and rules with restrictions that need to be thought out with the implementation.

I see that there are many outside factors to this question and it depends on whether or not these devices are already available in the community, and if there is a reliable internet service provider in the area. This seems to remedy the budget issue with how school funding is being cut,  expectations are growing for both teachers and students, so people are thinking outside the box to get more of our schools into the technology age with the resources that may already be available (Chaband, 2012).

A big issue for me with this brings up the fact that we need to have proper training for teachers and administrators to be able to implement a wide variety of devices in order to produce the educational goals we set by implementing a BYOD.

The pros I read had to do with students being more responsible for their devices, and being more apt to doing their homework. I also saw that they could be issued electronic books(Walsh, 2012). This could lead to a more personalized learning experience for students (Bloise, 2013).

In my opinion, it’s up to the school district to decide if this works and if it’s tangible. All the outside factors need to be thought of. The question should be, “Is it worth the time to adopt a BYOD policy?”

Resources:

Bloise, Z. 2013. 4 student advantages of bringing your own device policies. Wowzers. Retrieved on July 13, 2015 from http://blog.wowzers.com/bid/317403/4-Student-Advantages-of-Bring-Your-Own-Device-BYOD-Policies

Chaband, E. 2012. Should schools embrace bring your own device?. Education policy. Education today. Retrieved on July 12, 2015 from http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/

Walsh, K. 2012. Making BYOD work in schools. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/12/making-byod-work-in-schools/

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7 thoughts on “Week 9: Does every school need a “BYOD” policy?

  1. Enjoyed your blog. I work in a high school and I feel it is very necessary for a BYOD policy to exist. There are some issues of equity that exist if student’s can’t afford a device… but honestly those issues are pretty minor compared to the overall savings that this provides over a 1-1 program. The big issues are that internet use agreements need to be clear and students need to be trained on proper usage of laptops. Also teachers need to be trained how to teach with a “connected” classroom. There will certainly be distractions that can occur, but there are many advantages with BYOD so I am convinced it is necessary to have. Students already have devices with them, why not let them use em?

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    • That statement with the kids having devices is true for some kids. My site is lucky to have lap tops for all students so it makes it easier to update and set bookmarks for sites we use regularly. It also helps when we have to type a report and do research. BYOD, to me, requires a lot of training and policy building.

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  2. I like the idea of the BYOD policy. Especially with all the budget cuts that our schools have been, and are going to face in the coming years. Now a days, when you walk in to someone’s house in the village, there are different forms of technology being used. From mobile phones, IPads, and lap tops to name a few which are utilized by even the youngest children. Up until I took this class, I never knew the importance of having class on my own laptop. As I am slowly becoming familiar with technology again, I personally would have liked to be in a setting where I could have gotten tutoring. But, as I watch the younger generation of learners, and gamers playing with technology, I wonder where have I been all these years.

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    • I don’t see many kinds of newer devices where I’m at. Maybe it’s different in places. Our school got a grant to get new computers for student use, so we’re lucky to have them at our site. That way, they are all the same computer and we don’t have to learn how to troubleshoot different devices.

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  3. Barbara- I see that as a big issue as well. I am a mac person and only know how to use a mac. With phones I have a samsung phone and only had that type of phone so I wouldn’t know how to use any other type of technology if it came into the classroom. We have a hard enough time when we have problems with our computers to get our computer guy in our classroom. He is only at our school M,W, and Fridays so I can see this as a bog problem.

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    • Our site doesn’t have a tech. When we have problems, we call the district office tech department and they either talk us through what we need or they use remote desktop. It’s a big issue to see if all devices would be compatible with the chosen ways to use them.

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