When our students and teachers returned to school, they may have been thinking about the changes ahead for the spring term of the school year. One of the big changes on the minds of many in education, and one that is likely to weigh on public school teachers’ is the concept of BYOD, or bring your own device. BYOD is a relatively new concept in the field of education, and a contentious one at that. The idea here is to reduce the costs to the public school systems and increase the learning opportunities to students by allowing them to use their own mobile devices as learning tools under the teacher’s direction. The student would be using a cell phone or tablet computer that they already own, but they would be using it in school to learn instead of just to play games or go on social networking sites. To better explain the costs and benefits of this trend, check out this great info-graphic from Forbes:

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My thoughts? Allowing mobile devices in the classroom is on par with introducing individual study with books in place of rote learning from the teacher: revolutionary but not inherently dangerous. BYOD has its risks just like any other new idea, but much like books, these devices have the potential to do more good than harm, if used wisely. Get ready for the new year, and for the rest of the school year, and don’t be surprised to see that new iPhone or Nook you gifted out at Christmas being used by teachers and students alike to complete school work.


Image source: Forbes