BYOD- Yay Or Nay?

posted Nov 20, 2013, 10:54 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 10:48 PM by Unknown user ]
    Hello there! Today's blog post will be discussing the new "Bring Your Own Device" option here at Ruth Thompson. This will include the benefits and disadvantages of allowing students to have their device in class.

    In our modern day world, technology has overtaken everything. In fact, we use technology without even realizing it. From our typical cell phones to laptops, it can be found anywhere and everywhere. The BYOD concept was introduced late last year, and is basically allowing students to use their devices in class for academic purposes. Personally, I am against this as it is very tempting to use your phone or iPod when you're a mere distance away from it. Texting inside your desk or pretending to be learning on your device is simple and a great majority of the student body is held accountable for doing this action at least once in their life.

    Being a teenager, I am on many social media sites and recognize that my peers have a strange addiction to be constantly in the know. From scrolling down their Instagram feed or constantly checking Twitter updates on their idol, they're quite involved in this global takeover. I believe that this should be saved for their free time and should not interfere with school and studies. Yes, I do acknowledge the fact that technology is more efficient and a great resource, but I personally prefer putting pen to paper apart from having sore thumbs from texting.

    Although the BYOD system is beneficial for the future, it is distracting to the majority of the student body, including myself. I will always be a firm believer of being "old school" and learning in the traditional way.

Thanks for reading!