What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

BYOD, also referred to as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology), refers to the practice of people bringing their own laptops, tablets, smartphones, or other mobile devices with them to the learning or work environment. Intel coined the term in 2009, when the company observed that an increasing number of its employees were using their own devices and connecting them to the corporate network. Since implementing BYOD policies, the company has reported up to 5 million hours of annual productivity gains, a statistic that is compelling many other companies to consider BYOD. In schools, the BYOD movement addresses the same reality; many students are entering the classroom with their own devices, which they use to connect to the school’s network. While BYOD policies have been shown to reduce overall technology spending, they are gaining traction more so because they reflect the contemporary lifestyle and way of working. A 2013 Cisco Partner Network Study found that BYOD practices are becoming more common across industries, particularly in education; over 95% of educators surveyed responded that they use their own device for work purposes. Although administrators and educators have cited IT security concerns, technology gap issues, and platform neutrality as challenges to the uptake of this technology, a growing number of models in practice are paving the way for BYOD to enter the mainstream.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - tt.hansenberg tt.hansenberg Nov 17, 2014BYOD would be one of the biggest challenge in our educational fields. We cannot afford to continue paying for all ICT equipment in the school system. Therefor one of the challenge would be to secure real didactical rethinking in securing the use of BYOD. That also brings out a need for pedagogical qualifications in how to reframe the learningskills and the learning outcome. - stefan stefan Dec 4, 2014 - thih thih Dec 6, 2014- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Dec 7, 2014
  • - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 18, 2014 BYOD seems to be a good idea from a financial point of view, but to me it is obvious that implementation of 1:1 in a classroom is far easier if all the pupils are given the same device at the same time. It might be difficult for many schools, but in Norway quite a few schools have done this with success. If you as a school leader go for a 1;1 plan it is very important that the teacher find that this is a good new pedagogical tool and not a lot of hazzle with different devices that does not work! - stefan stefan Dec 4, 2014 ¨¨¨¨
  • Why is it, that digital devices are compared to students gym clothes? Meaning that it doesn't matter whether yours shoes are the same as the other students shoes, and it doesn't matter whether they are a pair of Nike or a cheap pair of gym shoes - they can still be used for running. Why are digital devices not compared to analog books? No school or local politicians/municipality would dream of asked primary school studnets to bring in their own books. And no headmeaster would ask the teachers to teach in a class depending on the books students bring in voluntarily. It definately does not make life easier for the teacher. But it is certainly cheaper for the school / municipality! [Jette Risgaard]
  • BYOD is a fantastic way to get schools to open up technology. With BYOD there is no way you can have network that needs a specifik operating system or an emphasis on security. That will not work! But, with this said, I think BYOD is not going to work in the Swedish (Scandinavian?) public school system because the fact that there are a social-economic factor. Every student does not have the possibility to bring their own device. Although students might have a device at home they are not able to take it to school because their family shares that device. So, With that said, 1to1 seems to be the way forward i our schools. //Edward Jensinger
  • According to the social-economic factor - it will be possible to substitute students with government paid computers from low income families. This has worked really well in other European countries - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Dec 7, 2014
  • It is a national strategy to practice BYOD in the Danish public schools (to some extend). A lot of times learners have their own devices that are fully capable of handling what is required in regards to technology in a learning situation. They know their own devices and they have them at hand so it is a potential not to be missed.- jakob.harder jakob.harder Dec 2, 2014
  • If the students are to learn to apply their digital skills in the calssroom and in their own learning process they need to have digital equipment. The cshool cant provide that, and almost all of the students do. Why should they NOT Bring their Own Decice? - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Dec 7, 2014
  • If the Swedish school should be class-spanning and equal, I think that BYOD is the wrong way to go. I personally believe that the only way to reach a digitized school is the school to provide students with computers during the time they go to school.
    I think, unfortunately, in addition to BYOD would complicate things further for those teachers who already find it difficult to introduce digital technology into classrooms. - helena.kvarnsell helena.kvarnsell Dec 7, 2014 ¨¨¨¨
  • By asking students to BYOD (- or does BYOD: Means Bring Your Own Disaster ;-)))) you might potentially have a social challenge, but you as a teacher might also have a situation where you will have to prefer to give tasks (especially tasks where you want students to be active and and produce Multi-Modal-products) to the students thinking that no matter which device the students bring to school they should be capable of solving the task => lowest common denominator => which again may result in not always getting the most interesting student product. [Jette Risgaard]

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • If it is BYOT and not BYOD, then the impact of cloud services and social media are greater than implied in the hardware-centered description. One thing we see when working with digital examinations in higher ed in Norway, is that students want to bring their preferred text processing tools: Word, Pages, Google Docs, OneNote etc. Diversity on basic tools is a challenge for the teachers, and in some situations crash courses - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 24, 2014- morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014
  • Cloud software is making it possible for the school to demand the same (e.g. Office 365) on all BOYD computers as the software Works across all platforms- Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Dec 7, 2014
  • Using BYOD and proprietary software is getting the worst of both worlds. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Dec 7, 2014
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  • It's not about what you bring to school, it's about what you bring home from school. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • The importance of this technology is that the digital infrastructure is opening up. There is getting less and less obstacles to use wifi and other important tools./ Edward Jensinger
  • I don't think it will take loong until we see BYOD as the most common pathway to utilize the power of internet. I will compare this to cars. If you wonder what car to buy today, you will not ask -can this car drive from Oslo to Bergen?- It is obvious that it can, because it is a car! Not the same with digital devices yet. One can do this, but not that and the other way around. This will soon come to an end and it will be less important what device you have. As loong as it is on the internet, you are good - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 25, 2014
  • With hardware prices continuously decreasing and software being made free to education BOYD becomes more and more realistic. The importance is that government funding will be prioritizing the infrastructure in schools. Good broadband connectivity and WIFI is essential to maximize the use of the technology - BOYD or non BOYD - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Dec 7, 2014
  • The teachers and the schools wont be held back by an outdated infrastructure anymoore, as long as they have a proper acsess to the internet. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Dec 7, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • In my municipality, Helsingborg, Sweden, we had BYOD in mind when we developed our school environment in the digital sense. But it has been clear for us that it is not enough for us to open the webb up to students and teachers. If schools doesn't secure that teachers and students have technology from the school, the possibilities of using the technology is not used. So, more and more schools i our municipality is now going over to 1 to 1 or having a lot of "computers" (mainly ipads och Chromebooks) in their classrooms.// Edward Jensinger
  • Rogaland secondary schools have used BYOD for student PCs since 2009 http://www.rogfk.no/Vaare-tjenester/Utdanning/Videregaaende-skole/Elev/PC-ordningen - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 24, 2014
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  • Maybe it is m ore about BYOB Bring Your Own Brain.- sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 29, 2014

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