The article, The Brutal Authenticity Of BYOD, (bring your own device) is valuable in my opinion because we have been wrestling with this concept for a bit in Civil Engineering. Initially, we purchased laptops for all students so that they would all learn from the same platform. This didn’t work out exactly the way that was planned. RRC School Administration thought that this would be great and the students would purchase the laptops when leaving for $300 and all would be good. However what occurred was many students didn’t want 3 year old laptops OR they were told that they couldn’t be guaranteed their laptop so then they wouldn’t pay $300. Civil Engineering had planned to give the students the laptops on graduation cheaply (can’t remember amount) but the school administration would not permit that as it was not the same as the policy for the rest of the school. Now RRC Civil Engineering is home to many extra laptops which likely will never be used. We have since moved to a hybrid model where students can either bring their own or use a school laptop. What is everyone else’s thoughts on bringing in your own technology in the classroom?
I personally feel that it works better as students can work with whatever hardware/software they want. Civil Engineering is now only required to provide laptops for students who require them. I believe that this alleviates the disparity for those who cannot afford them and for those who do not have the opportunity to purchase one. What is challenging for me is to be able to use multiple forms of the same software and have them all available to all of the students. Has anyone found a better way to do this? I don’t have access to all forms of technology and software, nor do I have the time to LEARN all of them.