(Shawn Calhoun, 2010)
What Does BYOD Mean?
BYOD is a strategy that "provides the platform for which students become active participants in learning both in and outside of the classroom setting by enabling employees and students to use their personal devices and connect with school/employers network (Ackerman & Krupp). ”
The Future is in Mobile
- Sales of desktop personal computers have been in sharp decline over the last few years.
- Mobile device sales have skyrocketed.
- Growth of 4g mobile networks and development of mobile apps for almost all online resources have supported the world going mobile.
- By 2017 87% of connected devices are expected to be smartphones or tablets.
All the World's Knowledge in your Hand
- Internet Access: With mobile devices comes access to the internet and all of the information that comes with it.
- Applications/Tools: There are scores of apps designed for mobile platforms. These are often designed with specific educational settings in mind, and can give students tools to enhance the learning experience.
Not Passive, But Interactive
- Connectivity: Mobile devices connect students. Not only to each other, but to experts in their field of study located throughout the world.
- Interaction Between Peers: These devices can connect classmates allowing for the educational experience to exist beyond the confines of the classroom walls and schedule.
- Interaction Between Students an Instructor: With mobile devices and their constant connectivity instructors can be more accessible than ever with their students. Think 'Virtual Office Hours.'
Students Have Them...
- Growing Mobile Access: The number of students owning mobile devices is grown significantly in the last decade. Students with these devices are often bringing them into the classroom for both educational and non-educational purposes.
- Growing Mobile Usage: Not only are students access to mobile devices growing, but the time spent on these devices is growing, even surpassing use of television and other media.
...and Want to Use Them
- Mobile Devices Can Enhance Learning: Based on a survey of students at Lethbridge College a large number of students believe that mobile devices can enhance their learning.
- Students Have the Devices and Want to Utilize Them: Smartphone use has rising dramatically and their owners are using them in their everyday lives. A 2013 Canadian survey had 8 in 10 smartphone owners claiming would not leave home without their devices.
BYOD: Perfect for Public Institutions
With public institutions constantly under the knife for potential funding cuts implementing BYOD strategies. Having the students bring their own devices to the learning environment takes the pressure off of the institution/instructor to provide all of the technology to enhance the learning experience.
Issues/Concerns Surrounding BYOD
- Privacy: It is hard to discuss mobile devices in a classroom setting without having a discussion about privacy.
- Cyberbullying: With mobile device and social media use the reality of cyberbullying may concern those looking to implement BYOD in the classroom setting.
- Distractions: The arrival of mobile devices in the classroom have brought with them a concern that they will be a source of distraction for students.
Instructional Strategies Using BYOD
Continuous Discussion/Student Collaboration
- Mobile devices allow for more collaborative opportunities to exist for students.
- Through mobile devices and the apps that exist for them extends the learning experience beyond the physical walls and schedule limitations of the classroom.
- Mobile devices allow for students to collaborate without being in the same physical location.
- Tools like Evernote, Google Drive, and Notability allow for collaborative note-taking.
- Mobile devices can be used to access the Learning Management System allowing for the classroom to extended beyond the physical learning institution.
- With mobile internet access coming into the classroom students are arriving with the world's knowledge at their fingertips instructors can use this as a learning opportunity.
- With all content available instructors can focus more on application and critical thinking in the classroom and leave the lecture/content delivery to be utilized through mobile devices.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
- Not only do mobile devices connect students with each other they also connect students to the outside world.
- The opportunity exists to connect learners to experts and professionals in the field
BYOD in Practice
BYOD in Practice: Smart Response Demonstration
BYOD Tools: Evernote
Issues Surrounding BYOD in Nursing
Benoit, A. (2013, September 25). Student and Technology Survey. Lethbridge College Learning Connections. http://lc2.ca/item/134-student-and-technology-survey
BYOD – Research findings released. (2012, November 28). . Retrieved , from http://cxounplugged.com/2012/11/ovum_byod_research-findings-released/
Columbus, L. (2013, September 12). IDC: 87% Of Connected Devices Sales By 2017 Will Be Tablets And Smartphones. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2013/09/12/idc-87-of-connected-devices-by-2017-will-be-tablets-and-smartphones/
Helman, B. (2014, February 28). Bring Everything: BYOD's Evolution In Higher Education.Information Week. http://www.informationweek.com/interop/bring-everything-byods-evolution-in-higher-education/d/d-id/1114042
Johnson, D. Power Up! / On Board with BYOD. Students Who Challenge Us, 70, 84-85. Retrieved April 1, 2014, from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct12/vol70/num02/On-Board-with-BYOD.aspx
Oliveira, M. (2013, July 29). Google study: Smartphone ownership way up, Canadians addicted to their phones. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/google-study-smartphone-ownership-way-up-canadians-addicted-to-their-phones-1.1388185#ixzz30xZSTXXY.
Panagos, T. (2013, September 17). The Future of Education: BYOD in the Classroom.Wired. http://www.wired.com/2013/09/the-future-of-education-byod-in-the-classroom/
Steimle, J. (2014, February 12). Mobile Is The Future Of Everything. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2014/02/12/mobile-is-the-future-of-everything/
Volsoo, S. (n.d.). 6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning. http://edutechdebate.org/2014-ict4edu-trends/6-emerging-trends-in-education-and-mobile-learning/