This also allows students to get free Wi-Fi as well. Having the students bring their own device is
budget friendly, not only for the schools but for the students’ parents as well. Some schools offer
ipads for every student, but there is a fee to that. This also isn’t the best option because many
schools can’t afford this. On top of not being able to afford ipads for all students, not every
school can afford computers as well. BYOD has been booming in many schools all over the U.S.
According to Shelly Gould Burgess, using the BYOD benefits the students in the best way to
keep the students focused on school work and not being distracted on other things on their
phones like games and social media. Gould Burgees records her lectures as podcasts so her
students will be able to listen to them whenever they want for their homework. She can also have
her students work in groups and pull up the lectures/assignments in class (Chadband). The whole
idea of BYOD is so the students will be able to access their work, teacher’s directions and
comments on their work and even being in contact with their teachers over the weekend or when
there is a substitute teacher. The schools are also able to keep track of what’s going on at the
school, regarding bullying and sexting issues that schools have had problems with in the past. To
keep track of all this, students must sign a form agreeing to terms the school has set, then the
students will get a login. With that login, the school can see when they login and what they view.
Many sites are blocked though, which provides restrictions. Although schools have BYOD and
blocked sites, students may just not use it when they want to go on social media or something
like that and they would just use their data on their phones.
In some cases, BYOD may not be the most effective thing for students because they will
just try to find a way around the rules. Many kids who would be using BYOD would be using
their smartphones to connect to it, very few would bring their laptops to school just to get
internet access because who would want to lug it around? No one. Having your phone is easier,