The bring your own device initiative at West Lake Elementary empowers students to be self-directed learners. Teaching in the 21st century has transformed to instructional facilitation, which allows students to take deeper ownership of their learning and to share with others through a multitude of technology tools. It will enhance critical-thinking opportunities and creativity through collaboration with peers both in and outside the school setting. It's not about the device, it's about integrating them as tools for enhanced instructional practices already taking place. When students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for and ownership of their learning, performance is improved via heightened student engagement. Additionally, this initiative will allow students a preview of how their future workplaces will operate.
The BYOD initiative is a privilege, not a right.