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BYOD Bring Your Own Device. Lois Aeckersberg. BYOD. Bring your own smartphone, laptop, tablet, MP3 player etc . to school for the purpose of learning. . Join the revolution of mobile learning. We ask students to bring their own pencil, paper, calculator and ruler.

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BYODBring Your OwnDevice

Lois Aeckersberg


Bring your own smartphone, laptop, tablet, MP3 player etc. to school for the purpose of learning.

Join the revolution of mobile learning

We ask students to bring their own pencil, paper, calculator and ruler.

Students are now encouraged to bring their own technological device to learn?

BYOD is a policy that many school districts are adopting or considering to implement in the near future.


With the tightening of school district budgets BYOD is an attractive fiscal idea.

Many educators are also saying that BYOD will bring authentic learning to students, encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication, global awareness, encouraging students to be more engaged, motivated, and have the ability to be a self-directed learner. BYOD may also change the look and feel of a formal classroom when personal devices are always within reach.

  • In my middle school class 20/32 students bring their smart phone to class each day.

  • In my school district IBM K-12 Education Consulting Team surveyed students, March 11, 2013

Grades 7 - 12

Surveyed students also answeredI would bring my device to school for the following reasons: (Select all that apply)

Communicate with my friends

Take notes in class

Do research for a project

Do research/use web resources for activities we are completing in class

Communicate with my teacher

Collaborate with other students on a classroom assignment

Create projects / complete assignments

Access class resources on the teacher's website or Learning Management System (i..e D2L, Moodle, etc.)

Hand-in assignments on the teacher's website or Learning Management System


Prepared by the IBM K-12 Education Consulting Team

March 11, 2013


  • Taps into "Pop Culture" making learning relevant and current to learners

  • Allows for increased collaboration in learning beyond the walls of the classroom, school and home

  • Provides more opportunities for students to choose multi-media to explore, research and present information


  • Increases motivation, and engagement

  • Directly teaches about digital citizenship

  • Improves global awareness

  • Encourages critical thinking

  • Fosters self-direction

  • Shifts classroom instruction towards individual student-centered approach

  • Provides flexibility to differentiate learning

Is using a school owned device the same as using your own device?


not really.

When the device is personally owned the perception of learning changes

  • It makes learning more authentic

  • Ownership increases buy-in

  • Familiarity with own device increases productivity

  • There is 24/7 access to ideas, resources, and others

  • It bridges formal and informal learning

BYOD is currently a popular topic.









BYOD is a sound pedagogical venture.


  • Hardware, adequate bandwidth in all school needs to be in place

    • A site by site study needed to assess current bandwidth, wireless capacity.

    • Short and long term plans needed

  • Schools need loaner devices available to students who don't have their own

  • Training for teaching and learning community regarding appropriate use

  • Parent waiver form required

A solid policy is required.In consultation with the teaching and learning community a strong district vision needs to address…


  • Should all grade K-12 be involved

    in this initiative?

  • Is any device accepted? – standardize or flexibility?

Policy needs to address

  • Responsible and appropriate use of device, complete with an outline of consequences

  • Where do the boundaries of appropriate use begin and end?

  • Ensure equity for all students and staff

  • Outline of student expectations: charged, software, connectivity

Many Canadian school districts currently have a BYOD policy in place.








Focus the Policy

Keep these questions at the forefront of policy development

How is this contributing to improving student achievement?

What is this allowing us to do differently to improve the teaching and learning process, that we could not do before?


  • Distracted students

  • Teachers as device monitors

  • Recharging

  • Security of devices

  • Variety of devices and operating systems

  • Personal andschool content on device




Teaching digital citizenship goes hand in hand with this initiative. BYOD offers the authentic opportunity for students to learn and apply appropriate privacy settings and use of names and pictures.




BYOD opens the discussion of cyber-bullying that is currently happening under the radar. Bringing devices into the teaching and learning system allows issues to be addressed.


Increase the divide between high and low income families creating a 2 tiered system


With BYOD students that don’t usually get the opportunity with technology will have more hands on time. Those will devices can use their own, the school will be able to provide for students without personal devices with existing technology.


  • Consultation process

  • Infrastructure(bandwidth, wireless ) upgrade

  • Training – teacher, community and student

  • Policy creation

  • Loaner devices

    Even with these costs, BYOD is a cost effective way to increase technology in schools without having to maintain the hardware.

Is BYOD right for the school district?

What do the stakeholders have to say about BYOD?

Principal Auclair

BYOD gives students opportunities to practice 21st century skills. Hear more what he thinks are some of the challenges the venture faces.

I use BYOD informally in my classroom right now.

Teacher Cliff

Based on the focus groups and survey, approximately 80% of teachers in middle and secondary schools were supportive of the district implementing a BYOD program for students.

IBM K-12 Education Consulting Team

March 11, 2013 Version

As long as it doesn’t cost me any money…

Parent Pengilly


Approximately 90% of students were in favour of the district adopting a BYOD program. IBM K-12 Education Consulting Team March 11, 2013 Version

What would happen if BYOD is not addressed at this time?

The school district could be playing catch up.

Eventually a policy of some sort would be needed to address the growing number of devices in the schools. Better to be creating policy proactively than not addressing the initiative at all.

Professional Development

Sufficient professional learning support is essential , especially related to “what does effective use of student devices look like in a classroom” and classroom management strategies.

Professional Development Support

Professional Development

Be respectful of the number of new initiatives that teachers have been asked to embrace in recent years; and therefore ensure the use of personal devices is integrated as much as possible into things they are already doing versus adding a new thing.

With appropriate policyin place the district can work with all stakeholders to successfully implement having students bring their own devices to school to enhance 21 century teaching and learning.


Encourage students with learning disabilities to use their devices

Increase student engagement

Increase student productivity as they can do their work when and where they need to

Support project based learning

Bring the devices out from under the desk and truly integrated them into the learning

Facilitate research and other activities in the classroom


BYOD can create a cultural shift in thinking.

The use of educational technology is curriculum led and aligned to educational priorities,not device led.

Bring Your Own Device program supports the attributes of a learner and facilitates a 21st century classroom and pedagogy,

With BYOD students will be more engaged, experience learning gains and be better prepared for an unpredictable world.

Bring Your Own Device

Lois Aeckersberg

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