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The Concept of Bring your Own Technology

Something that used to be hated years prior, is now becoming….accepted?

Rewind 10 years ago, and if you brought a laptop let alone a cell phone into class, your teacher would instantly shun you for using it. That’s because the stigma placed on technology use was too engrained in video games and distractions, which is why teachers never saw it as a possible instruction tool. Fast forward to the present and you realize that the new generation of students are in a technological revolution where information is all but a click away. As a result, technology use in the classroom has been brought back into the spotlight for potential use as an instructional tool.

Bring your Own Technology to school?

B.Y.O.T is the term students are using again. Oh and another one, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). That’s right, teachers and administrators have actually allowed for students to bring in mobile devices, laptops and tablets to class for use in the educational setting. The Volusia County School District in Central Florida is one of the districts leading the way, claiming that the school should be taking advantage of the student’s deep connections with their devices, instead of fighting it.

The amount of information that students and teachers have access to is absolutely limitless. Teachers even claim that students are more engaged than they once were because they can view something that’s more familiar to them…a computer screen.

What does the future hold?

In my opinion, the use of technology in the classroom is only going to vastly increase from here. Schools in Texas have already begun use of the BYOD program and teachers claim that it’s not “if they do it”, but “when they do it”. It’s only a matter of time till we see the every school in the nation have some sort of technology implementation in the classroom.

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