What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

BYOD, also referred to as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), is the practice of people bringing their own laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other portable devices with them to the learning or work environment. Intel coined the term in 2009, when the company observed that an increasing number of its employees were using their own devices and connecting them to the corporate network, leading to major productivity gains. As of 2015, millennials became the largest generation represented in the US workforce, and as group generally accustomed to mobiles being at the center of their lives, there is now an expectation that they can use them for many aspects of their work life. In formal education, the BYOD movement addresses the same reality; many students are entering the classroom with their own devices, which they use to connect to the institutions’ networks. While BYOD policies have been shown to reduce overall technology spending, they are gaining traction more so because they reflect the contemporary lifestyle and way of working and learning. Even in the absence of concrete strategies, institutions across the world are increasingly accommodating and even encouraging the use of mobile devices for a wide range of teaching and learning activities.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Truly enables student and teachers to extend the learning day, enable increased access to content and collaboration tools, personalize learning. - kstubbs kstubbs Apr 6, 2016- roger.blamire roger.blamire
  • - RollandK RollandK Apr 9, 2016 Depending on funding, BYOD may be the only way to have 1:1 in some environments.
  • It’s my experience that BYOD is the only sustainable way to achieve 1-1. The school is offering a platform independent infrastructure so that the students can bring one or more devices of their one choice. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Apr 10, 2016 I agree. Many district cannot afford to purchase a device per student and therefore students bring their own devices in the school and using them for instructional purposes allows for more technology to be integrated in the classroom. - spaul6414 spaul6414 Apr 30, 2016Sandra Paul
  • BYOD provides students with the opportunity to use a device with which they are comfortable, but it also has the potential to widen the digital gap when students don't have comparable devices.- mike.jamerson mike.jamerson Apr 17, 2016
  • Since many students have personal devices, we have to ask the question, "Do we want them to use their personal devices for educational purposes or not?" I think that the answer should be obvious - YES! Now, the parameters governing types of use, equity, etc. are all there, but it's not really a "should we" question - why waste opportunities? - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
  • Also as BYOD increases in the working world, if students use their personal devices in school, it prepares them for when they leave K12 what they will be doing in college or in their careers. BYOD demonstrates to students that their personal devices does not have to used for games, texting, selfies, etc. but it can be a tool used for productivity as in the classrooms as an instructional device. - spaul6414 spaul6414 Apr 30, 2016Sandra Paul
  • - shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016Even though users bear the cost of BYOD, it remains an important inclusive digital learning strategy in resource-poor environments in Africa where learners and teachers are likely to have access to mobile subscriptions but do not yet have access to government-supported programs that provision schools with devices.
  • BYOD should be important in order to boost the idea of using accessible, mainstream tools for learning.- oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen May 1, 2016

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The initial "rush" to mobile learning for digital content providers targeted app development.... while this most recent phase has included redesign and refresh of browser based use - so that users (students and teachers) can log in through the browser to get full site functionality regardless of device - kstubbs kstubbs
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  • - RollandK RollandK Apr 9, 2016 Technology Departents fear support issues and Instructors fear the unknown issue and how to assist.
  • The "absence of concrete strategies" invites the culture of fear around regulation. One call to action here is to determine some best practices to guide users (IT departments, etc.) so that students can leverage the power of their own devices for learning and productivity (I loved the Intel example cited). - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
  • Might be nice to address the "smartphone phobia" so many schools (like mine) exhibit. People get laptops and tablets, but smartphones are considered TWDs (Time-Wasting Devices). - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Apr 26, 2016
  • Digital Citizenship is missing. What is appropriate or inappropriate whether it is done from your personal device or a school device? Cyberbullying. - spaul6414 spaul6414 Apr 30, 2016Sandra Paul
  • - shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016 How BYOD enables equity in education

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • At first, it was just the "idea" of BYOD or school policies changing to adapt to student owned devices - with a few case examples where it actually happening... but now more and more schools have embraced mobile devices, often student owned, to truly personalize learning and extend the learning day. - kstubbs kstubbs Apr 6, 2016
  • People generally have to be taught culture, and the choice for schools is whether or not we want to teach our students to access learning all the time, or if their free time and personal device should be dedicated to non-educational endeavors. We can shape their perspectives on this. - brandon.olszewski brandon.olszewski Apr 25, 2016
  • - RollandK RollandK Apr 9, 2016 larger impact of 1:1 and 24/7 learning
  • Much larger impact because it is anytime, anywhere learning. - spaul6414 spaul6414 Apr 30, 2016Sandra Paul
  • - shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs May 1, 2016BYOD as a digital strategy will enable K-12 education systems based in unequal schooling environments to reach many more learners, teachers, parents and principals.
  • Do you have or know of a project working in this area?
  • BrainPOP redesigned our homepage in November - to enable users to log in through the browser from ANY device - this means several things: 1) users can access full site functionality (compared to our app), 2). schools taking advantage of individual account for students and teachers can leverage those individual accounts regardless of device or time of day, 3). it should enable us to reach and support more users Here's a blog post about the update - kstubbs kstubbs Apr 6, 2016
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  • https://nearpod.com/how-it-works -
    it can be used on any device, and on any platform - nada4web nada4web Apr 30, 2016
  • If the infrastructure and security issues are handled, BYOD will enable us to foster across multiple learning arenas.- oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen May 1, 2016

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