“If you're beginning to move forward with your own BYOD school program, a guideline policy is essential to proper management of the program, and can lead to its long-term success in many ways. The staff of TeachThought offer a list of 9 different tips for making this policy for yourselves.”
9 Steps For Schools To Create Their Own BYOD Policy
If you haven’t noticed lately, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is kind of a big deal, both in business, technology, and education fields.
Why? In education, BYOD (and its initialistic cousin, BYOT), 1:1, and other trends are symbolic of (at least) three things:
1. Schools, teachers, and students want technology in the classroom
2. Technology is expensive
3. Schools are looking for solutions
The following excellent graphic from byodsandpit.weebly.com offers a plan to begin guiding your school towards a BYOD policy or plan that works for you. In that way, it is better than copy/pasting another school or district’s policy, making sure whatever you come up with is, at worst, personalized for your application.
It is arranged in 3 stages–Research, Consultation, and Development. Each stage is broken down into steps, from assembling teams (not committees!), to surveying and analyzing subsequent device data, to drafting a policy.
What should be in a BYOD policy? What are the characteristics of a policy that works? Who should input on the policy’s design? And what kind of data will suggest whether it’s working or not? All good questions for upcoming TeachThought content.