BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Policy

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Published Online: June 11, 2013
Published in Print: June 12, 2013, as Smartphones Evolve Into Popular Tool for High Schoolers By Sean Cavanagh
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Policies are becoming more the norm in boards across Ontario and North America.  An article in the June 2013 edition of Digital Direction: Education Week showed that parent perceptions and student use of Mobile devices are on the upswing in schools

A new nationwide survey reveals the extent to which mobile devices have become an inextricable part of students’ and families’ lives—while also indicating that parents see potential benefits, and drawbacks, to those technology tools.

The article goes on to say that

By the time they enter high school, 51 percent of all students are carrying a smartphone to school with them every day, the survey of parents shows. Nearly a quarter of all students in K-12, overall, are doing so, while 8 percent of students in grades 3-5 are bringing a smartphone to school.

This statistic I think is not only realistic but maybe on the conservative side for schools in Grand Erie.  That said there is some trepidation on the part of parents and it appears teachers as the presence of the technology does not guarantee that it is getting used effectively in classes for learning.

It’s unclear, however, whether that tech usage results in benefits for students during the school day. Just 16 percent of all K-12 parents say their children’s schools require students to use family-owned devices in classrooms.

Conservatively positive

Nearly the same portion of parents, 17 percent, say their children’s school requires students to use at least one portable device or mobile device in school.

Those results suggest that “there are a significant portion of mobile devices that are just being turned off when students get to school, or are being used under the radar,” Peter Grunwald, the president of Grunwald Associates LLC, told Education Week. His organization conducted the survey of parents, in coordination with the Learning First Alliance.

Vol. 06, Issue 03, Page 9

Regardless of where we are in our board on the continuum of BYOD implementation we need to understand how solidly integrated mobile devices are into the the schema of our families and students lives.  We are best to position our schools and classrooms to play to this strength as oppose to fight the technology wave.

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