Impact on Education at all Levels

What does 'BYOD' stand for?

'BYOD' stands for 'Bring your own device,' an initiative that is spreading throughout each and every education level.

What is the basic concept of 'BYOD'?

The concept of 'BYOD' is that students are allowed to bring their own pieces of technology to class. The electronic's that they bring will assist the students as well as the teacher's in the education process.

BYOD being implemented into our schools today:

What is BYOD accomplishing?

There are many different benefits to this new way of working.

  • Wastes less paper (for schools and the environment). With the implementation of personal devices in the classroom, there is less need for paper. Assignments are being submitted electronically, so paper isn't wasted.

  • Students can work with other students on a group project. With applications such as Google Docs and Google Classroom, students can easily collaborate online.

  • Students are familiar with the technology and will be more excited to participate. Since they know how to proceed when using the equipment, their learning process will be much more smooth. Thus, they will enjoy participating in class more.

  • A student bringing his or her own device saves the school money in not having to put it into more technology. Schools will not have to pay for as many expensive laptops. Students will have them already, so it will decrease the amount needed to purchase.

  • Schools give students their own logins, usernames, and passwords so that each student can access the shared information. Besides having one computer you are able to use to access information, you can have specific logins to use at home. This will increase productivity on important projects.

  • Can be used for emergencies (phone calls such as calling 911). If one is using their phone for a project, they'll have a way to be able to contact emergency care services.
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Current News on the Topic

This is rapidly expanding topic of discussion. More are more people are taking this new method of teaching and learning into consideration. Elementary school students are taking up an interest in 'BYOD' as well as adults. With them being able to use their own devices, it gives them the more motivation to learn. They take interest in it because many children at that age don't want to go to school. This allows them to be more familiar with what they are using, which makes them like the learning environment much more.

The programs that have been implemented already are in place because of the escalating importance of smartphones tablets, and mobile computing in offices, school, and government offices. These things are important in these places of work because they are portable. It is much easier to provide the information necessary when it is directly in front of you. With desktop computers, you can't bring the exact information of learning tool around with you. Especially in schools, where teachers are working one on one with students, it allows for a more interactive experience with the kids.

Also, there are new advances online that support the usage of personal technology. For instance, online spaces, such as My Big Campus, allow students at all levels to work on homework while others comment helpful tips or suggestions. According to the site itself, "My Big Campus makes it easy to engage students, develop lessons, track and improve academic progress, connect with a learning community, go paperless, and lots more." This site is a very good representation of what bringing your own device is trying to accomplish, and that is a big reason as to why people are taking notice.

Many schools are still transitioning or preparing to transition into this new way of learning and teaching. More and more places of work and education are taking notice to this innovation, and it is spreading throughout the country and the world.

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