11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2013 4:58 PM by Jeanne Rogers RSS

Has your school implemented a BYOD program?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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What advice would you give school personnel who may be considering a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) plan?

Tech & Learning posted an article about "The Top 10 Best Practices for BYOD."  It stated the following:


  1. Cover the whys.  What makes BOYD a good fit for your district?  You'll need to think through the options and outline the benefits.
  2. Get buy-in.  You'll need a solid, written plan to get approval from your board and buy-in from parents and teachers.
  3. Determine the devices.  Determine what you will allow on campus, including whether you'll only allow devices with wi-fi onnectivity or also those with 3G connectivity.
  4. Update all AUPs.  Set and share policies for what, when, and how students can use their own devices on campus and determine how you'll enforce them.
  5. Plan your IT support protocols. Determine what IT will and won't do on personal devices, and what hours IT support will be available.
  6. Educate teachers. Give them basic advice to support lessons across multiple platforms.
  7. Address equality.  What will you do about students who don't have a device?  Make supplemental devices part of your plan.
  8. Prepare your network. Get your wireless infrastructure ready for BYOD demands, determine how you will secure your primary network, force personally owned devices onto a separate LAN, and provide filtered access through that LAN.
  9. Provide a platform. BYOD encourages anytime, anywhere, any device learning--so make sure you have a safe, mobile, collaborative platform compatible with any device that students and teachers can access for schoolwork, discussions, resources, assignments, and more.
  10. Be prepared, but flexible. BYOD is a big change for many districts.  Prepare yourself by reading and listening to districts who have done it--but also be flexible and ready to adapt to unexpected surprises (good and bad).


Do you have items to add to this list?  What are your concerns about a BYOD plan for your school?


Do you see BYOD as one solution to moving schools into the 21st century without pushing budget constraints?



  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    cmuller Novice
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    Hi Lynne,


    On WeAreTeacher.com I saw the article below about 5 ways to make BYOD work for you.


    The Teacher Report: 5 Ways to Make BYOD Work For You

    by WAT Staff Wednesday




    MP900422135 (1).JPGAcross socioeconomic divides, students have more access to personal cell phones, tablets, and computers than ever before. So why not harness the power of that technology in school? Whether your district has an established bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy or whether you’re just beginning to explore the idea, here are some best practices for making BYOD a success.


    1. Establish clear expectations. Many districts worry about security issues, IT procedures, and the potential for backchannel distraction that comes with allowing students to use their own devices. Experts say the key is to set clear policies from day one. The Center for Education Policy and Law at the University of San Diego has crafted some model policies surrounding discipline, security, and free speech concerns.


    2. Use cell phones as clickers. Of course, one of the most exciting prospects for BYOD is its potential to decrease technology costs for districts. Some schools have already seen this benefit by allowing students to use their phones to send multiple choice and short answers rather than employing pricy student response systems. Even better? Several Web 2.0 tools make this transformation even easier, including Poll Everywhere and cel.ly.


    3. Send students on a photo scavenger hunt. Most mobile devices come with built-in cameras that kids can use to gather information and real-world examples for your lessons or activities. For example, ask students to take photos of things they can smell, touch, hear, see, and taste for a lesson on sensory detail. Or challenge students to take a photo of every member of a food chain. These concrete connections will really help the learning sink in.


    4. Make your lessons relevant. Teens and tweens live to text, and connecting your curriculum to their favorite form of communication can help to engage them with the content and see it a new light. For example, you might invite students to turn the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet into text speak, or the Preamble from the Constitution


    5. Be flexible. Not every student necessarily needs a device in order to leverage the advantages of BYOD. If three or four students have smartphones, you might have kids play a learning app in small groups, for example. Or if yours is the only device, you might display the app using an interactive projector or whiteboard. The key is to be creative in using the technology that is available to you!


    Question for you: Does your district have a BYOD policy or are you considering one? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of students using their own technology in the classroom?



    • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
      Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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      Hi Christine,


      This is a great article and gives some good ideas for incorporating BYOD into your classroom instruction.  Thanks for sharing the website and article.


      Project Tomorrow/Speak Up Survey 2011 posted the results of a survey concerning the availability of mobile devices for school use:


      • 88% of 6-8th graders have their own Internet-enabled mobile device
      • 62% of parents said they would be likely to purchase a device if it could be used in school
      • 78% of students with smart phones said using their own devices would make it easier to use technology for school work


      I thought these were interesting statistics.  Are there any figures that surprise you?



  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    When you consider the following initiatives:


    1:1 computer initiatives

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs

    Online assisted learning

    Collaborative learning

    Remote Education


    according to T.H.E Journal, "All of these programs have three things in common: they are trending among the K-12 sector; they all rely heavily on new technologies; and all of them present new security threats for district IT departments."


    How do schools and districts ensure the security of their infrastructure while fulfilling the needs of new learning initiatives?


    T.H.E. Journal interviews thought leaders from two schools and one vendor in, "Educational Leaders on...Supporting Safe and Effective Digital Learning" to gain insight into this growing dilemma.


    Read through their answers to such questions as:


    • What does collaboration mean for today's digital learner and why is it important?
    • What is the role of anytime, anywhere learning in K-12 education?
    • What are the top three challenges in any district in implementing an effective, safe, and secure 21st century learning environment?
    • What are the biggest mistakes you've seen a district make in securing their school networks for digital learning?
    • What's the best advice you would give a district about securing their networking infrastructure to ensure a safe and effective 21st century learning environment?


    Download the free version here: Educational Leaders on...Supporting Safe and Effective Digital Learning

  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    Check out the article on BYOD included in the November/December 2012 issue of eSchool News--

    How to make BYOD work for your schools.  Several ed-tech directors share their strategies for meeting challenges such as access and security.



  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    eleanorargandona New User
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    My school is still of the mind that BYOT is a distraction.  How can I convince them to let my students use the technology they already own?  I'm just getting started but want to do so much more.

  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    budaaland New User
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    No, but we are discussing it.  It is good to read what everyone has to say about BYOT.  Maybe we can avoid some of the pitfalls.

  • Re: Has your school implemented a BYOD program?
    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    Parents need to be informed of suggested technology to purchase.  Many may not realize that a $99 tablet will not play well with the various school resources that are available.  However, it may be the only affordable choice. Teachers need to be aware of the limitations some of the devices have and adjust assignments accordingly. For example, a switch in vocabulary would be helpful.  Many use the term "powerpoint" in place of the word presentation.  Kids go home, tell their parents they have to use PowerPoint for homework.  The parent can't afford to purchase Microsoft Office, and everyone has gotten along fine without it, until now.  If the teacher said they needed to create a presentation for the class using PowerPoint, Google Drive Presentations, Prezi and so forth, this would help families, since there are free options available.

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