BYOT?!

Quite a few area school districts are toying with the idea of BYOT.  BYOT stands for bring your own technology.  There are a lot of different opinions on BYOT to consider.  Is BYOT going to save districts money? Is it going to allow students to be better learners? Is it going to create more problems than it solves? These are just a few of the questions being tossed out in school districts across the United States and beyond.  In economic times such as these, isn’t the BYOT initiative going to save district money? I suppose it could.  But what about the haves and have nots.  Will the opportunity to bring in technology from home such as laptops, iPads, cell phones, etc. allow the district to spend less money on purchasing technology and more money on maintaining the infrastructure? 

At PETE&C many districts shared their pilots for this initiative and I was definitely intrigued.  But as an educator, how does one manage a class where every student has a different and unique device to use.  The upside of this is teachers won’t waste time teaching the tool anymore, however it’s not going to be a walk in the park to be able to manage and maintain instruction with a limited knowledge of the devices in the classroom.  Will the district technicians assist students who are having difficulties with their devices from home? Probably not.  Students will travel with their own devices at their own risk.  Aren’t they already doing so against school regulations anyway?!  In most cases, yes.  I guess the most important question is this?  Would you rather a student use technology above their desk for a desired purpose or outcome or under their desk to do something else? I think it’s time we…

“Plug them in”

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About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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