Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a cheaper funding model for schools than bulk-buying, but can have issues that lessen the learning benefits.
- BYOD can make income disparities more obvious
- Existing income disparities can result in different learning outcomes since some parents can only afford tablets with limited functionality
- Students might not be willing to share work if they have an old tablet, or one with a less engaging interface
Before rolling out BYOD:
- Bridge any existing digital divide through a financial support strategy (ie, loan schemes or grants)
- Put a combination of firewalls, anti-virus programs, and non-network measures in place. BYOD devices with 3G/4G internet access can circumvent closed or authorised wireless.
- Get the IT department to pre-approve a list of devices to access the network
- Adapt existing use policies and agreements