Yesterday, March 21, the 21st Century Learning Lab offered a nice webinar that had presenters from two schools explaining how they have implemented a BYOD policy in their school(s). Both schools offer support to students who cannot afford to purchase their own device. Access is very open in both locations with the emphasis being on everyone accepting the responsibilities you have when you use the Internet for learning. Digital learning with BYOD has enabled them to make the curriculum more accessible and better able to meet the wide variety of needs of their students.
Susan Neville, from Shelbyville Schools, spoke about the pros and cons of making this move. They originally had about 300 devices for about 600 students and that was not working. Both the students and the faculty were in favor of expanding access and BYOD was a good solution.
Jennifer LaMaster and JD Ferries-Rowe, from Brebuef Jesuit, a private school in Indianapolis, explained how their setup with 2 students per device was not working the way they envisioned, so they set a 1-to-1 goal and allowed students and faculty to bring their own devices. They provided a link to their IT web site which has great resource information for any school considering this. (http://www.brebeuf.org/?page=InformationTech)