Friday, 21 September 2012

Bring Your Own Device - Public Engagement & Ed Reform - Education Week

Bring Your Own Device - Public Engagement & Ed Reform - Education Week:

 "BYOD -- "Bring Your Own Device" - is being heard more and more these days in and around our schools. The devices, in most cases, are mobile phones, tablets, and/or laptops. Should schools establish policies allowing students to use their own technology tools in the classroom? I say, yes, with some caveats.

First, why are we even asking this question? Good technology, when used properly, is the window to the world, and we must be sure we are teaching our students the best way to use these tools. If handled properly and equitably for all students, BYOD programs can increase student achievement while saving a lot of money that schools can use for other needs. Additionally, many schools can't afford to provide a device for every student, but they can afford to supplement a BYOD program. It is very important that all students have equitable access; schools must provide devices for students who can't afford their own."


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