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BYOD in 10 steps

Handheld devices
Thinking about embracing Bring Your Own Device in your school? Earnie Kramer offers a 10-point guide.

Mobile learning lets pupils move toward personalised, anytime/anywhere learning, with access to the wealth of information and resources on the web at their fingertips. But budget concerns often leave schools without the ability to provide every student with their own device. And research increasingly shows that students already own those devices anyway.

More and more schools are implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes, which allow students to bring their own SmartPhone, iPod touch, iPad, tablet or other device into school.

An obvious benefit is the lower cost of implementing a mobile learning programme when compared to a traditional school-supplied device roll-out. Giving pupils the ability to choose and use the device they are most comfortable with also promotes personalised learning and problem-solving; it can create a multi-device classroom where students work collaboratively to choose the best device for a given task, often switching between devices.

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