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This blog post is in conjunction with final project for my MS in Instructional Technology.
Introduction: The integration of technology has been synonymous with the promotion of problem based learning in schools; both ideas that take the Norman Rockwell picture of education outside its traditional frame . Many schools have been able to keep up with updates of hard and software, while others monetarily struggle to keep technology initiatives afloat.To insure that students are prepared for their futures, schools are thinking outside the box once again and turning to their students and parents for the resolution. The answer for many schools isn’t far from a student’s hand, as mobile devices have become the current computing, communication and information device of choice. The growing applications of the smart phone and the advancements in hand-held, portable technologies are evolving mobile devices from that of distraction to student engagement and creativity. These ever growing, natural extensions of thought for the current student body (and many adults) are an answer to decreasing budgets and inspiring schools to implement Bring Your Own Technology or Device (BYOT/BYOD) initiatives to insure that 1:1 programs can take place in every school.
Rationale: This project will examine the success and challenges behind mobile devices and the BYOT initiative in schools as an answer to decreasing school budgets. Research will include what devices are being used, how schools are protecting their students and themselves and what tools are needed to manage multiples types of devices brought in to school by users. The question will be raised whether or not educational data shows that the efforts behind a BYOTare worth the energy and time by education leaders. Also kept in mind will be the issue of the comfort level of teachers with the BYOT initiative. Schools continue to struggle to provide the professional development and support needed for teachers to integrate technology into curriculum. Collected research will look at how BYOT could hinder or push forward teacher comfort levels of technology integration into the classroom environment.