Technological Leaps and Bounds (Session 5: BYOT in GA Schools)

Bring your own technology or BYOT is the concept of students bringing their own technology or devices into the classroom in order to integrate real life scenarios, so to speak, into the curriculum. The purpose of BYOT/BYOD initiative is to incorporate today’s modern technology into the classrooms to provide students with multiple way to assess various situations.

There a pros and cons to a program such as bring your own technology or device.  The most obvious problematic aspect is the cost.  It is no new concept that today’s technology is updated on an almost constant basis. A prime example of this can be found in operating systems, especially for Macs.  It seems that every time you turn around OSX has been updated in some way shape or form.  Not only are operating systems constantly being updated but computers, E-readers, iPods, etc are as well. As mentioned in Nelson’s article “BYOD: An opportunity schools cannot afford to miss,” the cost of the equipment as well as the maintenance and upgrades for the equipment is a big concern.  Another pressing concern is the issue of device accessibility.  It is easy to assume that all students have access to modern technology and portable technological devices, however, as Adams mentions in the article “Bring your own device (BYOD) and equitable access to technology,” not all students have access to the same caliber of technology and more often than not students from low to mid-income households are at a disadvantage when it comes to current or up-to-date technology. Despite these negatives, there are positives to the BYOT/BYOD incentive as well. Programs such as these have been shown to benefit students in many ways, from higher test scores to instruction tailored to the individual needs of students.  BYOT/BYOD programs have also helped to create unified and succinct visions across departments and schools as a whole.

Overall, I think BYOT/BYOD is a positive incentive to put into place in today’s schools provided all students have access to similar caliber technological devices. This is where the schools would have to have technology on hand for the students who may not have technological devices of their own as well as setting guidelines for what devices can and cannot be brought from home. I think if schools set guidelines such as these, technology can truly help to assist students in discovering real world applications for their studies as well as equip them with modern problem solving methods.

Soruces:

Adams, H. R. (2012). Bring your own device (BYOD) and equitable access to technology. School Library Monthly, 28(8), 25-26. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1491084812?accountid=15017

Hundley, P., & Scigliano, M. (2012). TECHNOLOGY: Finds its place in silicon valley schools. Leadership, 42(2), 16-19,38. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1291061873?accountid=15017

Nelson, D. (2012). BYOD: An opportunity schools cannot afford to miss. Internet@Schools, 19(5), 12-15. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1153782427?accountid=15017

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