Lepi, K. (2012) 10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not). edudemic blog post. http://edudemic.com/2012/08/byod-classrooms/ (accessed 22-08-2010)
Draws one lesson each from 10 different BYOD programmes.
1. Allows teachers freedom to work with students to develop the best uses for technology for their subject matter and teaching style.
2. BYOD can mean overhauling the curriculum and spending money training teachers, though it does help students create a more personal and memorable learning experience.
3. BYOD requires managing a variety of different tech platforms. It can make things tricky, but not impossible - with the right infrastructure and bandwidth in place, students need little support to get up and running.
4. Students can access restricted materials through a 3G plan, technology can cause distraction in the classroom, especially when it’s not working, and the IT required to support such a wide range of devices comes with a significant price tag.
5. BYOD and a virtual desktop system which can be accessed through any device students or teachers bring into school has saved one school $1.27 million.
6. While cell phones can have drawbacks in the classroom, they can also be an asset, and even teachers can get excited to see them out and being used.
7. School reports that kids are more interested in learning, their test scores are up, especially in math.
8. Important to treat teachers and students with respect, extending trust, and being willing to embrace technology without many of the standard reservations.
9. BYOD can spawn further innovations that offer much more than a chance to use tech in the classroom- they teach real-world skills, too.
10. A forum for parents allowed them to ask and get answers to any questions they might have.