What you need to know about encouraging responsible use of student owned technology in the classroom.
by Hope Mulholland, TeachThought Intern BYOD policies-Bring Your Own Device-allow schools to bring technology into the classroom with a "bottom-up" approach. Such an approach can save money, allow students to use their own devices, and encourage a student-centered approach to learning.
We're putting together some research for some upcoming BYOT policy content, and in the course of doing so found many existing policies enlightening. For starters, it is clear that some districts were more open-minded entering their BYOT programs than others.
Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? BYOD-Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly. Bring Your Own Device has transformed the classroom by creating new opportunities for learning.
By its very nature, BYOD is authentic. As students bring their own devices-and with them, their own apps, accounts, and tech-use patterns-what is is naturally revealed, for better or for worse. With the mounting (and completely logical) demand for better technology in classrooms, BYOD is one response to that pressure.
Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a "curriculum" is defined.