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 If banning mobile devices increasingly becomes an outdated option, districts must ensure that schools have the tools and resources to create safe and constructive learning environments.”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?”
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/