There is a lot of interest from schools and businesses in Australia and around the world on the suitability of a bring your own device (BYOD) program for their context. There is also much hype and hysteria about BYOD programs and the impact on education. Often views presented are from the extremes of the bring your own device debate. Bring your own device or Bring your own technology (BYOT) refers to a model where students and/or teachers bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of teaching, learning, assessment and administration.
People often envisage BYOD as a program where students bring any type of device (phone, tablet, laptop etc.) and it is up to the teacher and the school to deliver a learning and teaching program using the available devices. This is one possible approach to BYOD but it is not the only one. Dixon and Tierney (2012) put forward five possible approaches for BYOD in schools:
- School-defined single platform laptop;
- School-defined single platform laptop, plus another device;
- School-defined multi-platform laptops;
- Student-choice of laptop or tablet;
- Bring your own whatever connects to the Internet.
As with any technological solution for schools, there are a number of benefits and challenges. For a BYOD program to succeed, there must be a clear vision and plan that outlines what teaching and learning will look like, the steps required to achieve the vision, measures of success, task assignment and the services/process required to operate and sustain the program.
Any of these approaches, described above, can work as they can be tailored to meet the needs of the school. The challenge is not whether to start a BYOD or not – it is really about making an informed decision about which approach works best for the school, for the learning and teaching program, and for students and parent. Having made the decision, the focus shifts to getting in place the necessary technologies, services and processes to ensure the program succeeds.
MOQdigital Education Services team can help schools select the right option that best meets your needs and assist with:
- BYOD strategy and policy;
- Infrastructure readiness;
- Onboarding of student and teacher devices;
- Student readiness program;
- Device specifications and supply of devices;
- Support strategy including student help desk; and
- Device management and classroom management practices.
Please contact one of the MOQdigital Education Services team if you’d like to know more.
 Dixon, B., & Tierney, S. (2012). Bring your own device to school. Microsoft.