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Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a cheaper funding model for schools than bulk-buying, but can have issues that lessen the learning benefits.

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

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