Technology is but a tool to achieve a desired outcome. We all want our students to be more productive during our lessons especially whilst using technology. With my own experiences, I know that I am more productive with whilst using my own devices because I know how to use it, I have personalized it and it is familiar to me.
Human beings are social beings that respond well to familiarity. Advertising works because a product becomes familiar although you may never have used it. I am more productive when I am using my laptop as opposed to using my wife’s or daughter’s laptop and they feel the same way. So why then would we enforce a policy that makes it harder for our students to use a technology/device/hardware that may reduce their productivity? As Bill Gates argues that “technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
I believe a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programme in an educational environment will produce more productive, one propriety independent, skills based students. A BYOD programme is simply allowing students, teachers and all stakeholders to use their own devices on school premises.
BYOD is cost effective as purchasing decisions are left to parents/students.
BYOD makes differential teaching/learning a standardized process.
BYOD allows more greater time on skills as opposed to one application task.
BYOD is a standard policy at universities and becoming popular at workplace (see articles below)
There are issues related to theft, damage, equality, training, support that will have to be discussed before implementing such a programme but clear, shared guidelines should iron out any problematic areas.
As an educator I believe the positives far out weigh the negatives or challenges that may arise in implementing the BYOD programme.
Below are links to some articles related to BYOD in the workplace:
BYOD = Greater Productivity
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