Bring your own device, or BYOD, is a technology solution that, on the surface, sounds like a school district’s dream.
With the proliferation of individually owned devices such as smartphones and tablets among student populations, it seems to make sense to adopt a program where the school district simply requires that students provide their own technology devices, in the same way that students may be required to bring certain calculators for math class and other school supplies.
If you’re considering a BYOD program for your school district, you will find that instead of being a “device provider and manager” as is the case in a one-to-one program where the school provides the technology, you will find yourself in the position of technology support and the service department, assisting with the management of many device types and operating systems. You’ll have the advantage of somewhat less “responsibility” because the devices are not owned by the school; however, you’ll also find you have less control when it comes to implementation, access, and program success.
Let’s take a closer look at some considerations associated with a BYOD program:
While it’s not very realistic to expect that the students themselves can fully fund the technology program in your district, you do have a lot of options to create a very successful “blended” program, reducing the overall financial burden on the district and incorporating the best of what each program has to offer.
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