Many districts and schools across the country are implementing Bring Your Own Technology/Device (BYOT/D) programs to increase the access that students have to the internet, digital content, and a range of educational opportunities. Many students have mobile devices, laptops, or cell phones to use, but the implementation of BYOT/D programs presents many challenges in addition to the potential learning experiences. This toolkit provides perspectives and recommendations for educators and school and district leaders who are implementing these programs and includes links to research and reports about policies and practice.
Turning on Mobile Learning for North America, UNESCO, April 2012. This United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report documents mobile learning in North America, including an extensive review of the challenges and potential of BYOT/D models and programs in Forsyth County Schools (GA); Katy ISD (TX); and Saddleback Unified School District (CA). http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002160/216083e.pdf
The NMC-Horizon Report: 2011 K–12 Edition, The New Media Consortium, 2011. This report identifies and predicts the current and emerging trends in technology with an emphasis on those most likely to have an impact on schools and learning environments in the near future.
Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators, L. Kolb, International Society for Technology in Education, 2011. This book specifically aims to provide tangible and practical recommendations for educators trying to maximize the potential of cell phones and mobile devices in the classroom.
“Acceptable Use Policies in the Web 2.0 and Mobile Era,” Consortium for School Networking. This guide discusses how to ensure that acceptable use policies encourage the safe and meaningful use of technology in learning environments with specific examples from districts and a general movement toward responsible use policies. The purpose of this guide is to assist school districts in developing, rethinking, or revising internet policies as a consequence of the emergence of Web 2.0, and the growing pervasiveness of smart phone use.
“Districts Tackle Questions Regarding BYOT Policy,” Education Week, 2011. This article provides insight from districts that are working to implement BYOT in their schools.
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