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Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today

Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Ushering classrooms into the 21st century is an expensive undertaking, but painful budget cuts have made purchasing tablet computers, iPod Touches, Kindles and other devices unfeasible, say district officials. So schools are asking students to “BYOD,” or Bring Your Own Device. Over the past year, BYOD or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) programs have been piloted in Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, with more states possibly on the way.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

We are still ushering classrooms into the 21st Century. That is not only expensive it is time-delayed. Having said this, there are many unknowns that even pilot programs will not reveal. If schools are going to do it, they should work on what that means in their community, their school, and their classrooms.

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EdTech "vs." IT

EdTech "vs." IT | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, the "EdTech vs. IT" mindset is all too prevalent in many organizations.  Operational IT looks down disdainfully on their users from an ivory tower, viewing them as "threats" to be carefully controlled and monitored. 

 

Teachers view the IT department as a bunch of out of touch control freaks who hinder rather than facilitate their work. As a former teacher, I have seen it from both sides.

This sad situation is wrong on many levels. 

 

===> The relationship between IT and users should be a partnership, not a boxing match! <===

 


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Bring Your Own Device Toolkit

Bring Your Own Device Toolkit | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Today’s education system is evolving to take full advantage of the potential of mobile technology devices to inspire learning and create independent, critical thinkers. However, with tight budgets, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without the costly burden of purchasing a device for each student. One potential solution that is being explored is BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. This allows students to bring their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones from home and use them for educational applications in the classroom. At a time when budgets are shrinking, school districts are considering BYOD programs to integrate cost-effective technology into their educational programs. It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that lack sufficient technology budgets. BYOD takes advantage of the technology that students already own and are familiar with. However, BYOD programs have been met with some criticism from staff and administrators who believe the challenges outweigh the perceived benefits. 


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Simon Vasey's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:44 AM

A variety of resources for teachers getting into a BYOD program. It includes implementation challenges, planning frameworks, presentations, readiness checklists, case studies, and more. Check it out!

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:18 PM

Many of today's education systems are allowing students to bring in their own technology tools to use for educational purposes to school.   This article describes the beneifts of students bringing in their own devices.