BYOD – bring your own device – a growing trend in education

It started in the workplace; Intel noticed many of its employees using their own devices.  The year was 2009.  Now, “the BYOD movement in education is being driven by a major challenge that many institutions face — a lack of funds to support one-to-one learning. . . .”

For my news staff, I am still able to qualify for state funding to provide a “workplace” atmosphere in which each staff member is provided an iMac desktop and CS5 publishing software.

However, as I move into broadcasting video for the online site, I’ve decided to bypass iPads and/or iPhones (or similar mini computers), as the students themselves navigate to these on their own and the devices already work with the “office” equipment and software.

Our library has purchased 6 iPads that can be checked out, and its plan is to add more tablets to its inventory annually.  These are available to my journalists as well.

See NMC Horizon Project Short List: 2013 K-12 Edition to follow developing trends in on-line learning.

One Year or Less

  • BYOD
  • Cloud Computing 
  • Mobile Learning Online Learning 

Two to Three Years Out

  • Electronic Publishing
  • Learning Analytics 
  • Open Content 
  • Personalized Learning 

Four to Five Years Out

  • 3D Printing Augmented Reality 
  • Virtual and Remote Laboratories 
  • Wearable Technology 

I received this information at a forum organized by Kali Kurdy and led by Ryan Gravette, Director of Technology at Idaho Digital Learning Academy and Chris Haskell, Education Technology teacher at Boise State University.


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