Education is rife with acronyms. While BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is yet another one, it is one that is influencing teaching and learning in our schools. Alberta Education defines BYOD as “Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning.” (2012). I was proud to see Canadian Rockies Public Schools as a contributor to Alberta Education’s document, Bring Your own Device: A Guide for Schools (2012). Recognizing the potential of BYOD’s for teaching and learning is an integral step to bridging learning between home and school.
The role of teachers is shifting and BYOD continues to push it along. “Along with the interesting uses for both the iPod Touch and iPad devices that both teachers and students found, we noticed a significant shift in the roles and responsibilities for teachers, IT support people, and school based administration.” (Crichton, Pegler, & White, p. 27). Working isolation is no longer feasible. For BYOD to function smoothly, teachers are collaborating with IT staff and administration, addressing issues of infrastructure, access and educational uses of personal devices.
The importance of digital citizenship is magnified as the shift to BYOD increases (Alberta Education, 2012). As the trend seems to be moving into the younger grades, the need to develop a culture of digital citizenship begins in Kindergarten. “That means that the school culture must embrace digital citizenship, which Alberta school authorities have identified as critical to the success of the use of technology in schools.” (Alberta Education, 2012, p. 24). Although BYOD is a dreaded acronym, its potential is certainly an exciting one.
Alberta Education (2012). Bring your own device: a guide for schools. Retrieved from: http://education.alberta.ca/admin/technology/research.aspx
Crichton, S., Pegler, K., & White, D. (2012). Personal devices in public settings: lessons learned from an ipod touch / ipad project. Electronic Journal Of E-Learning,10(1), 23-31. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.lib.ucalgary.ca:2048/login?ur