BYOD: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Posted: September 14, 2013 in Bits and Bytes
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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an innovative aim that will allow for students to use personal computing devices in the classroom. Personally, I think that this is a great idea for two main reasons:

1. Students are able to follow along with course material and save data onto their computers in an organized format (no more crumpled notes), where it is easily accessible for later use-a wonderful tool to help with study skills and time management.

2. Students with learning difficulties are able to use assistive technology as a tool to help guide comprehension and understanding of course curricula; fostering an inclusive learning environment.

However, BYOD has its implications. With social media at an all time high; the temptation for students to “get off track” is tremendous. This creates a conflict for innovative schools: how do you use technology to teach without the classroom becoming all a “twitter”?

I think it should come down to creating solid guidelines and expecting a high level of personal responsibility. Constant monitoring of students is not a realistic approach. Teachers can go over expectations and guidelines, while reminding students that each individual is responsible for his/her own behaviour.  Moreover, if participation is highly valued by the teacher, students are less likely to become distracted (no one truly wants to get caught not paying attention).

BYOD is imminent. A successful transition is dependent on flexibility, adaptability, and a desire for a more open learning environment.

Further reading: This website features plans for personalized learning, including a “how-to” guide to implement BYOD. http://www.k12blueprint.com/byod

sidenote: how do educators handle social media? (ex: friend requests from students and parents)

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Comments
  1. mcw60 says:

    Reblogged this on First Class and commented:
    The guide that the author list as a “how-to” is informative and something to consider if trying to implement and utilize personal devices for classroom learning. It helps to see the issues and roadblocks that you perhaps have not yet thought about.

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