BYOT- what does it offer beyond the use of the school ipad?
The cost issue is not insignificant! See my thoughts on Who pays.
However, to answer your question, I think that there are potentially a number of other advantages of BYOT.
- The students are more likely to feel ownership of the devices - and this does seem to make a major difference to the level of use of devices and student engagement with them
- There may be a reduced expectation that the teacher help solve technical problems - if it is the school device/software then the students will quite reasonably expect the teacher to know how to use it and help them with the technical aspects, whereas if it is a BYOT device then there is no expectation that the teacher will know how to operate each specific device/software (or at least that seems to be the case in the schools I have been in where BYOT is in operation)
- Focussing on the intended outcomes rather than how the students achieve those outcomes (which device/software they use) potentially has two advantages:
- It allows students to tackle problems in their own way - using tools of their choosing - so allows for greater independence and personalisation
- It provides the opportunity to compare and contrast different approaches to solving a problem - which at the very least should develop digital technology capability
I'd be interested to know if anyone else has other advantages - or indeed disadvantages of BYOT ...