Using digital devices in school or classroom is “inevitable” and so BYOD is preferable to the “lockdown” approach adopted by some schools — particularly in relation to mobile phones (Stavert, 2013).
Opportunity to use their own devise leads to increase engagement, motivation and initiation by students and they invest into their learning as it is the significant part of their life and use of it in school allows it to be integral to their learning lives as well.
It provides more personalized student-centered learning approach (Mellar, 2015 ) which allows students to have power over their own learning and become responsible for their own learning.
Allowing use of personal devices in school also extends the learning opportunity beyond the classroom and allows seamless learning opportunities that bridge the formal learning in schools with the informal learning outside of classroom and school.
At this point it is important to highlight that allowing students to use their own device provides opportunities for them to be part of the online world and get exposed to the many pitfalls of the online world.
For this reason students need to learn not only to keep themselves safe but to behave ethically as well. To address this issue, framework for digital citizenship is adopted by NSW DET which makes it imperative that teachers guide and prepare their students to be digital citizens. Another issue could be that some students get easily distracted and may use their device for applications other than learning such as social media sites. In such cases, it is important for the teacher to consider these issues during lesson planning so that they prepare lessons and use pedagogies that caters for the needs of all students and keeps them engaged throughout the lesson providing no opportunity for distraction.
Having said this, I believe that schools should be focusing on promoting responsible use of these devices, rather than banning them.
“You can’t stop students using the powerful computers in their pockets.”
DEC NSW (2011). Digital Citizenship http://www.digitalcitizenship.nsw.edu.au/
Meller B. (2015). BYOD is shaping Education in the 21st Century http://tech.co/byod-education-21st-century-2015-04
Stavert B. (2013), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Schools, 2013 Literature Review