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Advocates of BYOT argue that educators should find uses for the technology that young people already use. Some 77% of (US) teenagers (12-17 years old) have mobile phones, and around 25% have a smartphone. Some 75% o all teens text, 63% say they text every day.
The report describes "Celly", a text messaging service that teachers and students can use to make classwork more engaging. Each school or class can create a group (cell) that users can access via phone, email or internet. It has been used in schoools like a message board or as a voting system.
Reported benefits of Celly are that shy kids were more active than in class and that there had been fewer cyberbullying complaints.
More broadly reporting on BYOT/BYOD, an example was given of a school that borrowed devices from another school for students that did not have a device of their own.
Reports critics saying that BYOT/BYOD pushes costs to families that should be met by government and that it may exacerbate the digital divide. "What next," says one, "bring your own desk."