Pros & Cons of BYOD in Schools

Created by IaninSheffield on 10/26/2011

What are the arguments in favour of and against Bring Your Own Device initiatives in school (from contributions to #edchat 25/10/2011)

Pro

1.  Students MORE likely to have remembered devices than pencils etc

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2.  Can use the device THEY have chosen to complete set tasks.

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3.  Technology is ubiquitous outside the school gates. Why not inside too?

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4.  If BYOD is not allowed, then we're teaching to the lowest common denominator

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5.  When students use their own devices, they take care of their own 'training.'

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6.  Usage of BYOD is seen as a privilege & students stay on task.

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7.  BYOD offers potential cost savings since fewer school devices are needed.

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8.  BYOD allows student & teacher to swap roles.

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9.  BYOD offers learning opportunities at times the students choose.

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10.  BYOD creates emotions such as enthusiasm, vitality, and zest all of which are related to curiosity.

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11.  Reduces expenditure on stationery.

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12.  BYOD extends the tech resources already provided by school.

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13.  BYOD encourages purposeful choice of appropriate tools/apps.

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14.  BYOD in sch provides opportunity for teaching respectful/appropriate use.

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15.  On average BYOD can help keep pace with ever-updating tech.

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16.  New horizons may become apparent when students are choosing their paths.

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17.  BYOD could be pivotal in supporting independent learning.

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18.  BYOD offers a way of delivering ebooks

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Con

1.  Students leave chargers at home. Devices run out of power.

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2.  Exacerbates issues of inequity of access.

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3.  Students forget to bring devices.

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4.  Technical infrastructure may need addressing before implementation. Expensive.

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5.  BYOD will encourage students to be 'off task.'

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6.  Pens & paper don't require infrastructure.

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7.  Applications/tools are not common to all platforms.

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8.  BYOD runs up against many schools' 'ban em' policies.

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9.  Planning for a lesson with devices whose capability you don't know needs more care & thought.

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10.  Expensive personal devices increase possibility of theft.

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11.  Many teachers aren't flexible or willing enough to take risks trying BYOD.

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12.  Emphasis of tech support will need to shift from network to user .

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13.  Teachers will need instructional PD in getting the most from BYOD.

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14.  Teachers may find themselves troublshooting tech instead of guiding learning.

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15.  Parents may not be comfortable with paying for device/access for use in school.

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16.  Some students may be unhappy mixing sch work on their personal device.

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17.  Accessing sch network can present probs w/ WiFi/Proxy settings etc

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18.  Currently, BYOD doesn't help prep for external exams.

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19.  Tech can become a status symbol to flaunt.

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20.  Greater opportunities for plagiarism exist with BYOD

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Results
  • Balanced results

    calculates based on both emotional weights, rational weights and user opinions

  • Emotional results

    calculates based only on emotional weights, and user opinions

  • Rational results

    calculates based only on rational weights, and user opinions

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