One of the major hurdles facing many teachers wishing to integrate technology into curriculum is, quite simply, student access to technology. In visits to many schools and conversations with a multitude of teachers, so often, teachers voiced their frustrations in dealing with limited student access to technology– not enough computers or tablets, slow networks, and the list goes on.
One solution that’s been batted about is the idea of “Bring Your Own Device.” This entails students using their own laptops, tablets or smart phones at school to improve access to technology during school time.
Is this really a practical solution for giving students greater access to technology for meaningful educational pursuits? Are there too many potential problems accompanying this approach to make it workable?
Sherry Langland, a junior high school teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, spearheaded a B.Y.O.D. at her school. Her blog post, “Our ‘Bring Your Own Device’ is a Success!” describes the steps her school took to make B.Y.O.D. a practical, workable solution to the challenges of giving students more access to technology.