BYOD

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.

References

Ackerman, A., & Krupp,M. (2012). Five Components to Consider for BYOT/BYOD.. Eric.ed.gov. Retrieved 6 December 2017, from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED542652

Jacobs,H.H. (Ed.). (2010). Curriculum 21: Essential education for a changing world. ASCD

Miller,K., Voas,J., & Hurlburt,G. (2012). BYOD: Security and Privacy Considerations. IT Professional, 14(5), 53-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mitp.2012.93

Sharples, M., Adams, A., Ferguson, R., Gaved, M., McAndrew, P., & Rienties, B. et al. (2014). Innovating Pedagogy 2014: Open University Innovation Report 3. (pp. 17-19). Milton Keynes: The Open University. Retrieved from http://openuniversity.edu/sites/wwwiopenuniversity,edu/files/The_Open_University_Innovating_Pedagogy_2014_0.pdf

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2 thoughts on “BYOD

  1. Hi Celine,

    BYOD is a concept that i have a love/hate relationship with. It is such a double edged sword.

    The advantages you listed in your blog are great and why i love BYOD.

    While you did point out that cyber bullying and the need for software protection, there is also another big problem (in my eyes). That is with equity. Children from lower socio-economic backgrounds may struggle to obtain devices. There is the initial purchase cost (hardware and software). Replacement costs add up very quickly if a device is lost or stolen. Also with the rate of technological change the idea that a new device purchased at the beginning of high school would last for the duration is not realistic.

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  2. Hi Celine,

    BYOD is a concept that i have a love/hate relationship with. It is such a double edged sword.

    The advantages you listed in your blog are great and why i love BYOD.

    While you did point out that cyber bullying and the need for software protection, there is also another big problem (in my eyes). That is with equity. Children from lower socio-economic backgrounds may struggle to obtain devices. There is the initial purchase cost (hardware and software). Add to that any replacement costs, which can add up very quickly if a device is lost or stolen. Then there is the possible cost of data. Also with the rate of technological change the idea that a new device purchased at the beginning of high school would last for the duration is not realistic. If the family has more than one child who each need their own device. All these factors can push BYOD out of the reach of poorer families (Sharples, M., Adams, A., Ferguson, R., Gaved, M., McAndrew, P., Rienties, B., Weller, M., & Whitelock, D. 2014)

    Reference
    Sharples, M., Adams, A., Ferguson, R., Gaved, M., McAndrew, P., Rienties, B., Weller, M., & Whitelock, D. (2014). Innovating Pedagogy 2014: Open University Innovation Report 3. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

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