As another school year begins, many leaders will again question whether or not to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Technology (BYOT) policy in classrooms. The infographic below highlights many of the pros and cons to letting students use personal devices in the classrooms. Students today are already using personal devices to stay in connect with friends and family throughout the day so some would argue they should be able to use those devices for educational purposes as well. Students should power up at school, not down.
Stay tuned for a Digital Learning Now! (DLN) SMART Series paper to be released this month covering access topics such as BYOD. The DLN SMART Series will feature interactive white papers that provide specific guidance regarding adoption of Common Core State Standards and the shift to personal digital learning for policy makers and education leaders.
Below are a few examples of policies from schools that successfully implemented BYOD:
- Forsyth County Schools BYOT Acceptable Use Policy
- New Canaan Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy
- Oak Hills Acceptable Use Policy Development Framework
- St. Marys City Schools BYOT Manual
For more BYOD on Getting Smart read:
- Create a Kiosk Atmosphere at Your School
- Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy BYOD Pilot
- 5 Strategies to Deliver Edtech Access to Every Student
- A 2020 Vision for Riverside Unified School District
Infographic courtesy of onlinecolleges.net.