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Why Schools Should Hop on the BYOD Bandwagon Now

By: Danny Mareco April 26, 2013   0 Category: K-12 Education, Strategy
students learning on tablets in the classroom

We have to admit, times are changing. Technology is everywhere and has become a staple in everyone’s daily lives now. Education must change too to continue to be effective and reach this tech-savvy generation.

So what should schools do to keep the attention of today’s students? It’s simple; let them use the gadgets they are used to and already attached to anyways in the classroom aka BYOD (bring your own device). Smartphones and tablets like iPads in the classroom can make great learning tools.

What was once thought of as just a trend, has taken our country by storm. BYOD has infiltrated its way into just about every industry, healthcare, enterprise, government, hospitality, and especially education. Many districts and schools across the country are implementing BYOD programs to increase the access that students have to the internet, digital content, and a range of educational opportunities. Plus, for all those schools with consistently shrinking budgets, BYOD can save them money. 

Here are some interesting facts from various surveys and studies done that point to why schools that haven’t already, should do their homework and hop on the BYOD bandwagon already.BYOD in schools

  • 43% of parents see student use of mobile technology as a way to increase engagement (Speak up Survey conducted by Project Tomorrow) 

  • 41% of parents see participation with mobile technology as preparation for the working world. (Speak up Survey conducted by Project Tomorrow)

  • 67% of parents would buy their children a cell phone if allowed in school. (Speak up Survey conducted by Project Tomorrow) 

  • 81% This generation prefers to connect wirelessly and the majority (73%) use social networking to connect with others . (Pew Research Center) 

  • More and more students own a cell phone at younger ages.With 22 % owning a cell phone at ages 6-9, 60% of tweens (ages 10-14), and 84% of teens (ages 15-18). (C&R Research)

  • Analysts from the IDC firm have predicted that 170 million tablets will be shipped this year, and claims that 60% of these will be for smaller tablets like Apple’s iPad mini. (IDC) 

  • 100% of students will use mobile handheld devices for education by 2016. (GoKnow)

  • By the end of the decade, Gartner expects that more than 30 billion devices will be permanently connected and 150 billion will be occasionally connected. (Gartner)

  • Gartner has predicted BYOD as being the top trend this year, with mobile devices surpassing PCs as the most common Web access tool. (Gartner)

So obviously the need for wireless technology in the classroom will not be going away, just increasing as time goes by. So whether you like it or not, it looks like BYOD will be sticking around, so hop on that bandwagon.

If your school is considering implementing a BYOD solution and need some guidance, we are here to help. We are experts in everything from school wireless networks, to BYOD, to 1:1, to classroom technology integration and everything else in between. We have worked with schools and districts all over the country and would be more than happy to help. Just contact us here with any questions or for a free consultation. Good luck!


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