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.
(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