1. Read the article, "Should schools embrace, Bring your own Device", By Emma Chadband.
2. In two paragraphs or more, discuss your thoughts and reactions to this article. Would you use this type of technology in your classroom? Why or why not? Follow the requirements in "Writing A Quality Blog Post."
Bring Your Own Device
After reading the article, "Should schools embrace, Bring your own Device by Emma Chadband", I am certainly on board with bringing your own device (BYOD) in my classroom. I think there could be a positive learning environment for students using their own devices. I am a secondary education major. There will be many students who have technology readily available, but they are not allowed to use them in the classroom. School districts must come up with a way to allow the use of these personal devices in the classroom.
As Ms. Chadband tells us in this article, teachers who are users of these devices could host training workshops for other teachers. Schools will have to implement policies to govern the use of these devices. “With the proper policies and ground rules in place – and the program doesn’t exist merely to cut costs and corners – BYOD can work for educators and students,” states Chadband. I am a firm believer that school districts should do whatever it takes to ensure the students are being taught with the best technology available. Whether the schools own the devices or the students should not matter. It is necessary to prepare students for their future.
As Ms. Chadband states in her article, there are negative possibilities for allowing students to bring their own devices to school. Cyberbullying is certainly a concern. School districts must be prepared with policies and procedures for the inadequate use of the devices. The students must be held accountable for their content and unauthorized use. I am not saying it will be easy, but it is an option worth considering.