For all its benefits, experts also caution that there can be drawbacks to BYOD implementation in the schools. For example, Alberta Education’s report noted that technology can be distracting and students might use it to access non-school-related programs when they should be studying. And, for economically challenged families, purchasing devices could create a financial burden.
However, most schools that implement BYOD policies also create guidelines that address these issues.
Top Hat, a company that provides a platform for teachers to connect with students through virtually any device, says that BYOD in the classrooms is part of a movement that is here to stay.
“There is a transformation happening in classrooms and lecture halls around the world,” says Alyssa Atkins, content specialist at Top Hat. “Students’ devices have become an integral part of their lives, and naturally will continue to become an integral part of their educational experience. The technological standards students have will continue to increase.”
That demand, Atkins predicts, will soon make it standard for students to use their own devices.
“[Asking] students to engage through anything other than their own devices will quickly become archaic.”
Paula Felps is a writer and editor based in Cincinnati who writes about technology, positive pscyhology, travel and business.
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