BYOD (bring your own device) is where you allow your students and staff to use personal mobile devices on your school wireless network. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, because it’s spreading through schools faster than juicy gossip in a tiny town. Now, there’s a lot to consider when determining if implementing BYOD in schools is the right move. So, here’s a list of 20 pros and cons to hopefully help make the decision a little easier on you.
Pros of BYOD
1.) Students are already familiar and comfortable using their own technology so they can focus on actually learning with them than learning how to use the device.
2.) Students’ personal mobile devices tend to be more cutting-edge, so schools can more easily stay up-to-date with technology..
3.) Students are more likely to have remembered their beloved mobile devices than textbooks or notes.
4.) It’s a cost-effective way to save schools money on technology.
5.) With BYOD students are more likely to continue learning outside of schools hours.
6.) When students use their own devices, they take care of their own ‘training.’
7.) BYOD provides opportunity for teaching respectful/appropriate use, which will be important in properly preparing them for the future.
8.) Students will be more organized with all their notes and assignments all in one place.
9.) Gives the students limitless access to information and resources.
10.) BYOD allows student & teacher to swap roles.
11.) Teachers can use certain apps to be more connected with students and parents than ever before.
12.) Students love technology so BYOD engages students and creates enthusiasm and excitement about learning.
10.) It can be more challenging for an IT department to manage the bandwidth required to ensure all devices are connected and running smoothly.
11.) Students forget to bring their mobile devices.
12.) Applications may not be universal across all platforms.
13.) Your wireless network infrastructure may need to be addressed before implementation.
14.) Just like some of the parents, some of the students may not to mix in school work on their personal mobile devices.
15.) Some teacher may resist teaching with technology.
Okay, I know I said I would give you 20 but I honestly can’t think of any more cons at the moment.
So we have 20 pros and 15 cons…looks like the pros for BYOD in schools are beating out the cons here. Even with all 15 of these cons, I still think a lot of the pros hold a lot more value and therefor out weight most of the cons of BYOD anyways. Plus, many of these cons can be avoided or fixed with certain policies, apps, the correct network infrastructure, and mobile device management.
If you have any questions about BYOD implementation and whether or not allowing it is the right move for your school,contact us here. We have helped schools all over the Unites States implement BYOD on their school wireless networks and are always more than happy to answer any of your questions. Good luck!