A teacher's take on BYOD: +Danielle Filas describes some of the benefits that she and her students have gained by adopting a BYOD policy in their school:

1. State of the art devices allow students to access all sorts of learning tools
2. New student-owned devices work great w/ cloud services
3. Because BYOD introduces a plethora of student-owned devices, teachers end up facilitating learning and achieving common goals rather than simply dumping info on the pupils
4. Teachers' lack of answers to device-specific questions is "a chance to model creative problem solving"
5. Using disparate hardware and software of students' choosing prepares them for a workplace wherein the devices and apps they'll use have yet to be invented
6. Lower costs for schools
7. Reduced carbon footprint by cutting out psychical textbooks rather than trees

She also says that "some [school] districts continue to deny students the use of digital tools as part of the learning process, [but] the trend has shifted. Common Core standards [used in the US] reflect this movement, too, encouraging the use of technology to enhance in-depth learning."

BYOD isn't w/out issues and rolling it out takes careful consideration, she warns. One area that administrators need to think carefully about is how to protect their networks from the security threats posed by malware running on students' machines. "Because colleges and universities lack control over students' devices," Gartner says in their IT predictions for 2013, they need to "focus on protecting their networks by enforcing policies that govern network access....In the BYOD era, security professionals will need to diligently monitor vulnerability announcements and security incidents involving mobile devices and respond appropriately with policy updates" (http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=2211115).
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