While 1:1 initiatives blossom across the nation, the BYOT movement seems to be gaining some momentum, especially in progressive minded yet cash-strapped districts who do not see reality in a traditional 1:1 model. Here are 10 advantages to BYOT models:
- Cost. If students already own technology they can use for school, why buy it for them?
- BYOT mirrors college/higher education expectations.
- The perceived tech support nightmare for BYOT is exaggerated. Managing 1000 iPads, that’s a nightmare
- Students already know how to use their own device
- BYOT programs encourage families to invest in technology, which may empower other family members
- Tech budgets can be used to invest in bandwidth and checkout machines for those students who do not have access to BYOT
- Curriculum and materials will gravitate to online-based applications, further allowing universal access, and saving $
- BYOT is differentiated instruction. Students with special needs or preferences can use what works for them
- Mass burnouts seen with large purchases of technology are avoided
- Students tend to take better care of their own devices than they do with school-provided devices.
Certainly, there are many other areas to consider, but I do not believe that 1:1 initiatives are the last word in education.