Call me a cynic, but while I support the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, I am pretty sure they won’t work. Not because they are a bad idea for schools to use technology that already exists, but because the program will not be implemented properly.
Clausen, Britten, and Ring (2008) noted how relatively easy it is to add new educational technologies to schools, but how much more difficult it is to get teachers to effectively integrate hardware into teaching practices. Gene Hall (2010), one of the researchers that founded the Concerns-Based Adoption Model, stated simply adding technology to a classroom will have little effect.
What both articles refer to is a need for clear implementation and professional development. I fear the BYOD movement will be poorly supported by school districts, which have little financial investment in the hardware anyway. The schools will not care whether someone else’s technology makes a big impact, thus few resources will be provided to properly train teachers to use the new, diverse devices.
Added to this, if BYOD is implemented poorly, now students be allowed to bring their devices to school. Without proper use, the devices will become an approved distraction.
I cannot think of a program worse for education except the one that is good in concept and poorly executed. A poor implementation plan will lead to certain failure.
Clausen, J. M., Britten, J., & Ring, G. (2008). Envisioning effective laptop initiatives. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(1), 18-22. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Hall, G. E. (2010). Technology’s Achilles heel: Achieving high-quality implementation. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 42(3), 231-263. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.