We cannot educate the same way as we did, because of the this integration of the new and fast-paced technology, yet endorse authentic learning by delivering a new form of education (Jacobs, 2010). Schools must offer a structure where there is real consistency and relevant learning taking place at all times (Ackerman & Krupp, 2012). The BYOD program offers students the platform to become active participants in learning both inside and beyond the classroom and allowing students the opportunity to connect with the school network using their individual devices (Ackerman & Krupp, 2012).
Social learning is one way of learning as students create a ‘shared mind’ that combines different perspectives. Blended learning or flipped classrooms is another major trend. This is where students watch videos at home and discuss them in class. This encourages collaboration through personal technologies. Softwares such as Khan Academy is supported as it provides an alternative that is low cost but high quality and plenty of opportunities for students to acquire knowledge (Miller, Voa & Hurlburt, 2012). This helps with the shift from a teacher centred classroom to a student focused class (). Students come to class not only with their technologies but also their personal learning environment (Sharples et al., 2014). In addition, students can be in charge of their own learning and become independent learners (Sharples et al., 2014).
With all that said, there are some limitations and dangers when it comes to such programs including but not limited to cyber bullying, establishing consistent access on BYOD devices for students and teachers and protecting against devices infected with malware.
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