"Should Schools Embrace BYOD?" Emma Chadband (2012)

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1. The teacher will be blamed: "It's not fair that schools invite students to bring these devices and expect student achievement to improve just because these technologies are in the classroom" (Chadband, 2012, para. 12).

2. NO! "Without proper planning, implementation, and professional development, BYOD may not work as people had hoped" (Chadband, 2012, para. 12).

3. YES! "Painful budget cuts have made purchasing tablet computers, iPod touches, Kindles, and other devices unfeasible" (Chadband, 2012, para. 1).

4. YES! A technology director can "train teachers on using the devices and installed wireless networks" (Chandband, 2012, para. 5).

5. YES! Teachers with "expertise with a particular device or technology" can host workshops "to show other teachers how to use the device" (Chadband, 2012, para. 5).

6. YES! BYOD allows for a flipped classroom. Students can do "lower-level thinking" for homework, "and come to school prepared to start problem solving" (Chadband, 2012, para. 6).

7. YES! "There's never an excuse to be idle because there's always information available" (Chadband, 2012, para. 7).

8. YES! "In most BYOD pilot programs, students have to sign some sort of agreement to only use the device during class time for specific projects" (Chadband, 2012, para. 8).

9. NO! "Not every district has the resources to properly train teachers, especially those that have already faced large budget cuts [...] tossing teachers into a BYOD environment without any training wouldn't be very effective" (Chadband, 2012, para. 11).

10. NO! BYOD could increase the digital divide and stigmatize students who have to borrow a device (Chadband, 2012, para. 13).

11. NO! BYOD presents hazards like cyberbullying, social media misuse, and damage to reputation (Chadband, 2012, para. 15).

12. MAYBE! Schools would have to create acceptable use/ responsible use policies, for "ethical and healthy use of online content" (Chadband, 2012, para. 16).

13. MAYBE! Schools would have to "educate students about online safety and security [...] partnered with robust professional development for teachers" (Chadband, 2012, para. 17).

14. My Comments: My school adopted BYOD eight years ago. All teachers were given an ASUS tablet, and students were given a list from which they could select and purchase a device. The plan was disastrous. There was no vision, no teacher training, no student training, no professional development, and no clear, responsible use policy. Five years ago, we amended our BYOD initiative. We went to a 1:1 iPad program. Families still are responsible for purchasing the iPad and teachers are still given the iPad, but at least all students and teachers have the same device. Our program still leaves much to be desired, but it is stronger. Our tech director has provided some training and expert teachers have aided others who have minimal experience, but few teachers use a flipped classroom setting, and our digital citizenship curriculum needs tweaking. The problem remains that without adequate professional development, the BYOD initiative is somewhat ineffective. And even worse...teachers are blamed for the failure of the initiative, which is unfair. I strongly believe in a BYOD program in theory, but if I were an administrator I would proceed with caution. Such a program should only be adopted after careful planning and extensive training. No district or school should do it just to say they did it.