BYOD Educational Impact
The use of individual personal devices in a BYOD program highlights the shifting roles of both teachers and students in a technology-rich classroom environment. Teachers are moving towards a facilitator role as students take more ownership of their learning and share what they have learned using integrative technology tools.
BYOD embraces the idea that when students are viewed as key contributors to their learning process, they tend to take ownership, and when they are given important responsibilities, they tend to perform better. Leveraging the tablets, smartphones, and laptops that many students already have, BYOD is bringing learning to the 21st century and giving students a preview of how their future workplaces will operate. BYOD reduces competition for scarce PC computer labs and empowers students to be self-directed learners. BYOD also allows students to tap into their individual learning preferences.
Successful BYOD program models have been shown to boost test scores significantly, with increased student engagement and motivated learning. With BYOD, teachers can take full advantage of common features that are found in most mobile devices. This includes data organization tools, web-based applications for classroom polling and quick tests, audio for podcasting and radio broadcasts, or video for creating multimedia products. Other uses of mobile devices include QR codes, digital storytelling, language learning, and probe attachments for measuring data.