BYOD programs help teachers see positive results

Posted on Tuesday, 4/16/2013 5:20 pm

Many educators want to take advantage of student software and other technological materials that can enhance the quality of instruction they deliver in their classrooms. Unfortunately, not every school has the technological infrastructure necessary to do just that. 

For some instructors, introducing a bring your own device (BYOD) program is one way for them to use software for students. If educators are contemplating implementing this type of initiative, they may be curious to learn how other BYOD schools are faring.

Southington Public Schools
Educators who work within Connecticut's Southington Public Schools are pleased with the effectiveness of the district's BYOD program, Southington's Patch website reported. Thanks to the initiative, students at the elementary, middle and high school levels have been able to tie electronic devices into their classroom experience.

Diane Hamel, a fifth-grade teacher at Derynoski Elementary School, is among the Southington educators to praise the program, which has allowed students to show up for class with everything from laptops to e-readers.

"The students really took ownership of their work," Hamel told the news source. "We had three who were reluctant before that are now avid readers. I would highly recommend bringing this program to all schools."

Of course, some teachers may be on the fence about implementing a BYOD program due to concerns over jealousy or bullying among students who may or may not have the best devices. From Southington instructors' perspective, this has not been an issue. In fact, pupils appear more willing to collaborate and share with their classmates when using electronic devices.

Hershey Elementary School
In Pennsylvania, teachers at Hershey Elementary School have been experimenting with a BYOD program of their own, PennLive.com reported. School officials recently had an opportunity to review the effects of the pilot program and found that increased collaboration was among them.

Christine Yarzabek, a teacher at Hershey Elementary, had her students use apps on their mobile devices, which has led to more communication and collaboration in the classroom. At the same time, the use of this technology provides pupils with a chance to receive immediate feedback on tests and quizzes.

According to Alex Jones, another Hershey Elementary teacher, the program, which is currently being piloted in five classrooms, has faced "no roadblocks" so far. As a result, the school is open to expanding it to more students.

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