I sent out another request for people to participate in BYOD research. If you are a BYOD school, or considering it, please consider participating.
The state of BYOD is still going strong, but I can also sense confusion about what is and isn't BYOD. For example, is a BYOD iPad program an oxymoron? In my humble opinion, BYOD has as few requirements for students as possible. I have also found two types of BYOD, which I touched on in an earlier post about powerful devices. The first is voluntary all the way around, that is, students are not required to have a "device" and teachers are not required to have the students use them. In these situations, that school has developed an infrastructure that allows student to connect with whatever they have. This is usually public schools and in the U.S., they have to follow CIPA rules if they are receiving E-rate funds*.
The other kind of BYOD program is a mandatory program where students are required to have a device and, as you can guess, this mostly happens in independent schools. Requiring students to all bring the same device is not BYOD. Perhaps it should be changed to BSCD (bring a student-chosen device) or others advocate for BYOL (bring your own laptop), because pad devices do not yet have the capability of laptops. Is there an app for that?
But do consider participating in BYOD research.
*For those of you not in the U.S., that means that the federal government tells schools how to control Internet access for students. Because the federal government has no constitutional power to require Internet control, and freedom of speech enshrined in the Bill of Rights prevents them from doing so, they have to get around it another way. The government does this by offering to subsidize part of the Internet access, but to get the money, the school has to agree to follow the rules.