BYOD

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) is gaining popularity in many schools as a way of increasing access to vital technology without the costly burden of purchasing a device for each student.  It acknowledges the reality that many students — even those in relatively low-income communities — have ready access to educationally-valuable technology that, until recently, they were forced to turn off when they entered the school building.  This toolkit is designed to help you evaluate the pros, cons and logistics of bringing student-owned technology into the classroom.

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All BYOD toolkit files

A zip file containing all of the downloadable files listed below.

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BYOD Toolkit Overview Infographic

A one-sheet PDF that includes the infographic and more details about the K-12 Blueprint's support for bring your own device initiatives.

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Getting Started with BYOD

Today’s students are not the same learners that we were. These digital natives have grown up surrounded by computing technology as a natural part of their everyday lives. They live in a multimedia world, they constantly connect and collaborate, and they access information that is live and on-demand through mobile devices.

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Planning and Implementation Framework

Developing a successful BYOD program requires extensive planning, communication, and ongoing evaluation. Although each district is unique, with its own cultures and concerns, a well-defined framework will go a long way in helping a school initiate a BYOD program. 

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BYOD Implementation Challenges

Although there are many benefits to implementing a BYOD program, it is not without its challenges. Consider the attached BYOD challenges and questions.

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Mobile Scenarios for K-12

This technology taxonomy contains over 30 scenarios that show teachers a range of use of mobile devices in the classroom. The scenarios cover all grade levels and subject areas including language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and the arts. This taxonomy will also be released as app for both Android* and iOS* devices.

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Mobile Learning: the Next Wave of K-12 Education Innovation

Wireless computers—whether in the form of laptops, tablets, netbooks or other handheld devices—are everywhere. Even if IT doesn’t provide mobile devices, students, faculty and administrative staff are bringing their own tools into the school environment, and they want to know how to use them in an educational environment just like they do at home. 

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Exemplar BYOD Presentation for District Administrators

Download and adapt this sample presentation to introduce district administrators to the benefits and challenges of BYOD.

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Exemplar BYOD Presentation for Educators

Download and adapt this sample presentation to introduce educators to the benefits and challenges of BYOD.

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District Readiness Checklist

Use the attached checklist as a tool for determining your school or district's readiness for BYOD.

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Teacher Readiness Checklist

Before you open your classroom doors to student-owned devices, use the attached checklist to evaluate your readiness.

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BYOD Sample Acceptable Use Policy: Allen Independent School District

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own.

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BYOD Sample Acceptable Use Policy: Corcoran Unified School District

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own.

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BYOD Sample Acceptable Use Policy: Forsyth County Schools

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own.

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BYOD Sample Acceptable Use Policy: Oak Hills Local School District

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own.

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BYOD and COPPA

Suggestions and tips to help you compile with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act.

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BYOD Fairs Put Power of Education Technology on Display

A Bring Your Own Device policy allows students to bring and use their own personal electronic devices— tablets, laptops, netbooks, etc.—at school. A BYOD—or Bring Your Own Device—Fair brings this policy to life: giving schools and districts a chance to demystify the issue of education technology while empowering the communities in which they serve.  

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BYOD Fairs Put Power of Education Technology on Display - Adaptable

Download and adapt this document to use for your own BYOD Fair. A Bring Your Own Device policy allows students to bring and use their own personal electronic devices— tablets, laptops, netbooks, etc.—at school. A BYOD—or Bring Your Own Device—Fair brings this policy to life: giving schools and districts a chance to demystify the issue of education technology while empowering the communities in which they serve. 

Miami-Dade Focuses on Equity in its 1:1 Initiative

When you’re planning a 1:1 initiative for a district the size of Miami-Dade Public Schools – the nation’s fourth-largest district – it’s crucial to have the infrastructure and a PD plan in place, along with a vision and support at every level.

BYO, Chromebooks and Innovative Learning in Southeast Texas

A robust wireless infrastructure, Google Apps for Education, student-owned devices, and Acer Chromebooks are the perfect backdrop for innovative classroom learning in Dayton ISD.

1:1, BYO and Blended Learning in Riverside, CA

As the result of an outcomes-focused, technology-rich learning initiative, students, teachers, and parents at this southern California district are energized and excited, achievement is on the rise, and RUSD is earning recognition as a leader in 21st century education reform.

Getting a Great Head Start in Poway, CA

The one-to-one approach taken by the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) in San Diego County is as differentiated as the student learning. Principals, teachers and students – many of them as young as five years old – have a major say in what technology is selected and how it is used.

Happy in New Berlin (WI) with a Hybrid 1:1/BYO Program

“Our current tech journey began three years ago when we looked at our IT plan,” says Larry Lueck, director of learning technology for Wisconsin's School District of New Berlin (SDNB). “We were at the end of our three-year cycle and figuring out how to move forward.”

Quality Learning and Superior Performance for All

Oak Hills Local School District in Ohio has implemented a successful BYOD program that permits both students and staff to bring in their own devices. The district decided to try BYOD because they believe that using technology in the classroom will help to prepare their high school students for work in the 21st century world.

BYOD Empowers Educators to Facilitate Learning

The success of BYOD in Forsyth County Schools is due in large part to its strong network of technology advocates. The district school board and local community are very supportive of instructional technology and have high expectations for its use.

BYOD – Consider Your Options Carefully

BYOD programs come in a variety of forms. Discover which choices are the best fit for your school or district. 

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BYOD Considerations for K12 Schools

While BYOD may seem a natural evolution of education technology, district leaders need to carefully consider what they are trying to achieve with a BYOD program and how that program is implemented.

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IT Advice From Experts Beyond the Education World

At a recent conference about infrastructure and end-user support, I found some interesting insights about mobile device management, BYOD, and overall mobility strategy.

 
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SIIA’s 2013 Visions K-20 Survey

In its annual survey, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) looked at BYOD adoption and at the overall question of technology integration at different grade levels.

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(At Least) 101 Tips for Going 1:1 or BYO

Hoping to avoid a crash-and-burn scenario? This annotated collection of resources offers oodles of advice on safely launching and sustaining one-to-one or BYO in your school or district.

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Top Tips for A Successful BYO or 1:1 Program

At Tech & Learning's SchoolCIO Summit, district administrators came up with this list of tips for others embarking upon a 1:1 or BYO program (or both).

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When Content Decays, Learning Suffers

Variety may be good but a multi-platform environment has its costs. This publication makes the case for standardizing to avoid content decay, which can hamper communication, productivity, and learning. [15-page white paper]

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Hear Ed Tech Leaders Talk About Their 1:1 and BYO Programs

In these video archives from recent Tech Forum conferences in Atlanta and Chicago, you'll hear from 11 different administrators and leaders who are involved in implementing one-to-one and BYO programs in their districts or states.

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BYO: Learning from One Another

With bring-your-own-technology programs gaining steam across the nation, pioneering schools weigh in about what’s working and what they’d do differently in the future.

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BYOD Links & Resources

Some useful links to resources that support BYOD. 

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