Week 9

EDET 678 Week 9 Does every school need a BYOD policy?

BYOD (bring your own device), refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices to their workplace, according to Wikipedia.com. Holeywell says that because of the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets, there’s an increase in the number of schools permitting students to bring in their own devices.

So, should all schools implement a BYOD policy? I think so. If every school has a policy, it would allow students to take their devices home and continue their learning outside of school hours according to Wainwright. I like this idea because right now in our school, K-8 students aren’t permitted to take home any school device (laptop/iPad). Only the high school students can take home their school laptops.

Another point made by Wainwright is it’s cost effective. Having students bring in their own device could save the school so much money. The issue with this however, is not all students might have their own device at home. Which could be problematic, for example in a flipped classroom.

Implementing a BYOD policy, would allow students to store all their work in one area. Instead of pairing devices and transferring files, the students’ work can be in one place. The last point I want to make why schools should have a BYOD policy, is that it teaches today’s students digital literacy and digital citizenship according to Suzanne. She says that today’s youth are going to be utilizing technology no matter what; and allowing BYOD we can teach them how to use these tools effectively.

Resources:

(2013, July 22). 5 Pros and Cons of BYOD in Education – Top Hat Blog. Retrieved July 11, 2016, from http://blog.tophat.com/5-pros-and-cons-of-byod-in-education/

Bring your own device. (n.d.). Retrieved July 11, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bring_your_own_device

Holeywell, R. (2013, September 3). BYOD Policies, Growing More Popular, Create Challenges for Schools. Retrieved July 11, 2016, from http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-byod-policies-create-school-challenges.html

Wainwright, A. (n.d.). 20 Pros and Cons of implementing BYOD in schools. Retrieved July 11, 2016, from http://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/20-Pros-and-Cons-of-implementing-BYOD-in-schools

 

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3 thoughts on “Week 9

  1. There are a few things you mentioned that resonated with me, that being that “students learning can continue even at home” with BYOD. That is so true. I can picture myself laying in bed picking up my phone in a quiet moment and flipping back at an article I found interesting from my learning experience. I agree with the point you made about storing data. It seems evert teacher has their own system for storage. It doesn’t need to be that way if students have their own device, they will be responsible for their own!

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  2. Genevieve,

    I like the points you came up with for why schools should have a BYOD policy. I think it’s great that it could allow students to continue learning at home, the cost issue is huge for nearly every district in this country, and students having all their work in one place can be very useful. The one issue that is huge for me that makes BYOD policies more difficult, is the fact that not every student has their own device. I dealt with that a few times this past year and didn’t have any easy solutions that I could use every day. One thing that my district is doing to help with keeping work in one place, is each student and teacher now has a gmail account and we all have google drives that we can use to save our documents in the cloud. This was very useful when my classes were working on formal lab reports and we spent time in class working, but they also had to work at home.

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  3. Its is nice that your district allows high school students to take home their devices. Maybe instead of designing a BYOD policy it can look into letting middle school students bring devices home depending on their class or responsibility level.

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