What is BYOD?

The term BYOD, which stands for “Bring Your Own Device,” refers to the practice of students bringing their own laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other mobile devices with them to class. Intel coined the term in 2009, when the company observed that an increasing number of its employees were using their own devices and connecting them to the corporate network. Since then, this type of activity has become commonplace in workplaces all over the globe. The BYOD movement in education institutions is being driven by a major challenge that many institutions face — a lack of funds to support one-to-one learning, which is a systemic solution in which every student is provided a laptop or mobile device that can be used to support learning in and outside of the classroom. BYOD makes one-to-one easier by simply leveraging the devices that students already have, or those their parents could buy for them. In practice, it has proven important to provide funds to support families in financial need, and to standardize on a small set of devices and software packages. Often the school will negotiate advantageous pricing for families to reduce their costs. In early studies, the act of a student using his or her own device for learning has proven to increase productivity and engagement. Tablet computing has accelerated the pace of BYOD, especially in schools, where these smaller, less-expensive devices are seen as a better option than traditional laptops. With their ever-growing capabilities, tablets (which now include an expanding set of choices, such as the iPad, Galaxy, Nexus, and Surface), are well positioned for BYOD environments.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • It's highly relevant in education - as districts revisit policies surrounding devices and rethink the use of student devices. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013
  • student are used to use their own devices already in classes; the obvious next step is to integrate the devices more oftern in the learnign acitivities; such as to answer mulitple choce questions or to post questions - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 31, 2013
  • BYOD is a terrific opportunity for all sectors, especially STEM, to allow for (potentially) more engagement with content and learning - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • As we explore BYOD environments, it forces us to re-think content. To fully support a BYOD setting, content needs to be digital and accessible on multiple platforms and devices. There's a CoSN EdTechNext report - from Print to Digital that ties into this missing theme. http://www.cosn.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications/EdTechNextReports/tabid/7831/Default.aspx - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 Here's more info about digital content from the Intel K12 Blueprint http://www.k12blueprint.com/digital-content - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013
  • While BYOD offers a tempting way to distribute the cost of 1:1 computing, I think the theme of "total cost of ownership" needs to be kept visible. Technologies that make it easier to manage an "ecumenical" network should also be highlighted. Are there BYOD strategies and technologies on the horizon that will make lower or eliminate the "hidden costs" of BYOD? - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 31, 2013
  • While I am for BYOD, I think it is important to realize that schools are dealing with the infrastructure issue and how to handle all of these devices.. but it IS possible! - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Sep 3, 2013

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on STEM+ education?

  • There's a lot of research out there about how students interact with and embrace devices that are THEIR OWN, as opposed to district issued devices that they use during the school day. Interacting with STEM+ content on a personal device - can fully blend formal and informal learning opportunities... increasing the student learning day. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013 - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013 fully agree - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 31, 2013 I'd enjoy reading some of these articles! Can you add a reference or two? I'm thinking that perhaps the problem with district-issued devices is that they've gone too far to control everything. If the students can't even bring the devices home, then of course BYOD will win-out in the eyes of the students! - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 31, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • There are many successful examples of these implementations - look to the League of Innovative Schools for some examples, including Mooresville, NC. - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013
  • BrainPOP has worked hard to ensure that it's digital content is available on all platforms - Android, Win8, Google Play, Chrome Webstore, iOS, and Kindle. http://www.brainpop.com/about/mobile/ - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013
  • Intel's K12 Blueprint BYOD toolkit http://www.k12blueprint.com/byod - kstubbs kstubbs Aug 28, 2013
  • Graz University of Technology "Learning and Teaching Center" has develope apps to use mobiles for in the learnign acitivities; such as to answer mulitple choce questions or to post questions - Christian.Guetl Christian.Guetl Aug 31, 2013 Is this specific to BYOD, or can these apps be used by schools who own their own devices? - jim.vanides jim.vanides Aug 31, 2013

  • Locally produced tablets distributed on students in Egyptian secondary schools and university. - Zeinab.El.Maadawi Zeinab.El.Maadawi Sep 3, 2013



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