BYOD – What are the implications for learning?

The idea of students bringing their own devices to class is enticing…students are comfortable and competent with the equipment so they may be more confident and would not face a learning curve. In some cases, their equipment may be superior to that available in school. In a classroom in which a student is allowed to access his/ her smart phone to gain quick access to information, it may be possible to get to deeper levels of learning. Also, back channel conversations in forums such as todaysmeet or twitter may raise the level of discourse overall.

But what are the the challenges and potential pitfalls? How does this impact policy? If students ARE allowed to bring devices, does that mean schools are no longer expected to provide access to technology? What about students who do not have their own device to bring to school – are they now at a serious disadvantage? How do we ensure that all students have access to the software or applications needed for class and who is responsible for technical support?

How do we find a balance that ensures equitable access for all and empowers students to be independent learners?

What do you feel are the most significant issues surrounding BYOD and how do you see this evolving in the future?

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