Flip This in Your Classroom: BYOD

Bring Your Own Device Top Ten

One: Anyplace at Anytime Learning

Mobile devices enable effective 24/7 learning and from any place across the world! Students and teachers are afforded "right-time" learning in an engaging learning environment. With approximately 63% of students owning some type of mobile device and 40% wanting access to online texts, the BYOD learning switch must be flipped on.

Two: Personalized Learning

Learning is not based on the device or application. One size does not have to fit all, and many apps perform the same functions. Students can select the ones they like best and customize to their needs. Students studying on mobile devices are nearly 3 times more likely to track their progress.

Three: Liberate Learning

Students can manage the content they use and the ways in which they demonstrate their knowledge. The teacher becomes the facilitator of continuous learning and focus on instructional strategies. By 2016, 100% of K12 students will use mobile handheld devices in education.

Four: Replicate Future Work Environment

School districts have the responsibility to prepare their graduates to be career and/or college ready. IBM is the largest company to adopt a BYOD policy. Presently, only 80,000 of their employees use their own devices, but they hope to extend the program to include all 440,000. Nearly two-thirds of CIOs expect the desk phone to disappear within five years, with PCs being the next in line. Very recent reports indicate that the BYOD movement continues to reshape the workplace and even the perception of "a" workplace. Practice with BYOD in K12 education will better prepare students for the workplace.

Five: Easing Budget Demands

Technology is expensive and costly to replace. Moving to BYOD helps to ease the budget demands on schools. It allows for the most effective use of current technologies since students/parents finance devices. This allows schools to devote needed funding to other programs or technologies. By 2014, K12 school districts will cut hardware purchases by 30%.

Six: Bridging the Gap

BYOD can engage students and parents in learning at school and at home.(Ofsted2011) Learning can become easier if they can integrate in their daily lives. As educators, we can no longer ask our students to unplug from technology as they enter our classrooms.

Seven: Teachable Moments

Educators have real-time opportunities to discuss why digital citizenship matters and how to manage their online behavior and reputation. A staggering 86% of teens feel it's ok to illegally download and share music.

Eight: Student Expertise

With 14.4 million Facebook users 17 and under, students are primed at using tools that some educators fear. Imagine the outcome of students working alongside their teachers to share their own expertise on the best ways technology can be used to support their learning.

Nine: Driven by Pedagogy

Rapid-fire changes in educational technology gives little time for solid research on educational effectiveness. BYOD is driven by pedagogy. Initiating a BYOD, technology-infused environment will demand the attention of each stakeholder and making certain all needs are in place: curriculum, instruction, equity and infrastructure.

Ten: Students, Students, Students....

With 95% of all teens(ages 12-17)using the Internet on a regular basis, 80% of them using social networking sites, and 75% having cell phones( Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project), it is clear that the time is now to let the learners drive the change.