BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

Below are some articles and blogposts that discuss BYOD, or "Bring Your Own Device" policies, especially as they apply to school systems. (Sometimes this is referred to as BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology). You may find some interesting reading.

Fairfax County Public Schools. “Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.”

Hanover Public School District.
"Hanover Public School District is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. We are piloting a new policy which will aid in this goal. Students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day..."

NEA Today Article on “Should Schools Embrace BYOD”

Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School page on BYOT, including links to other information. This school is diving head-first into the BYOT world, led by their CIO J.D. Ferries-Rowe, who blogs at Confessions of a Jesuit School CIO, and their Director of Faculty Development, Jen LeMaster, who blogs at Ed Tech Reflections.

This is an organized LiveBinder incorporating many articles and discussions of BYOD policies

Michelle Luhtala, librarian at New Canaan HS (CT), discusses how BYOD works in her school and school library.

BYOD thoughts from Tim Clark, district of ITS for Forsyth County Schools. Posted at “The Innovative Educator” blog.

BYOD One Year Later - via TechLearning, a checkin with several schools that have implemented BYOD and how it is working.

Jonathan Martin blogpost at 21K12 blog. Discusses BYOD policy, moving to a less restrictive technological environment, and how students at his school are doing as a result. Includes excerpts from numerous other teachers/admins on how BYOD policies are being initiated and delivered in their own schools.

Guest blogpost on the Innovative Educator, regarding which questions to ask if you’re considering implementing a BYOD policy:

Via Colour My Learning: Implementing Bring Your Own Device in Schools. Discusses planning stages, implementation strategies, on-going considerations.

Via Emerging Ed Tech, “Making BYOD Work in Schools – Three School Districts That Have Figured it Out”.

Article on how schools in Katy, TX piloted a BYOD program using smartphones that they disabled certain features on, and what has become of it.

Sample ‘acceptable use’ policy for Oaks Hill Schools (OH), which have a widespread BYOD program implemented.

PDF format White Paper on implementing BYOD in the 21st century school. Via Ed Tech Magazine. Some best practices ideas, addressing security concerns, etc.

Policy and User Agreement from New Milford, CT, school district.

Free downloadable white paper from TechRepublic, "BYOD is Here to Stay, But Organizations Must Adapt"

Article from ZDNet, "FTC issues mobile privacy policy guidelines"

Article from ZDNet, "Consumerization, BYOD and MDM: What you need to know" 

"Schools Set Boundaries for Use of Students' Digital Devices" from EdWeek

[page compiled by Marie Evans, intern]