How Can a School Implement a BYOD Program at Their School Site?
The best part about being a new teacher is to just jump right into the unknown. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at the majority of schools is unknown territory. I am happy to help with the do's and don't's when it comes to implementing a BYOD program at your school.
Fulfilling a School District's Mission
The school district which inspired this project in the beginning is Oakland Unified School District. It is a very large school district with meaningful expectations for students to be successful. Their motto and expectation is "Every Student Thrives," in order for every student to thrive it's transparent to make sure every student has access to be successsful. I wanted to make sure that BYOD would aid Oakland Unified School District's mission and vision, and will serve every student in Oakland Unified School District by them having access to a device.
BYOD Policy-Making and Implementation
The expectation of students to be technologically savvy in the real world is actually a realistic expectation that schools need to be mindful of. How does one pursue such an amazing implementation such as technology?
There are a lot of questions to answer before starting a BYOD program. Questions to consider include: How do we get buy in from the community? Is the school responsible to give every student a device? How do we ask parents to purchase a device for their student? Does the school implement Bring Your Own Device? What happens when students forget their devices or break them? How can we better support schools to implement a Bring Your Own Device program?
In these pages there is advice, resources and active research for anyone interested in starting a BYOD program at their school.
Before Jumping In
In order to have a well-rounded BYOD program it's important to understand the community of the school. By this, school sites which includes administration, teachers, and parents would need to agree on participating on a BYOD program. This includes understanding the usage that will be going on in the school. Communication is key.
Above is a picture of the Bring Your Own Device: Policy-Making and Implementation poster which describes a quick synopsis of this entire project of integrating these programs at schools whom do not already have a BYOD program at their school site.
Above is a 60 second introduction video into implementing a BYOD program to school sites.