Bring Your Own Network
Recently I have been thinking about the impact of BYON or Bring Your Own Network in the school setting. What is preventing schools from doing this? We would be pretty shocked to find that many students, particularly middle school on up, already do it to begin with. Why not take advantage of the proliferation of mobile devices to engage learners in the classroom? I often hear educators, including myself, preaching communication and collaboration as a way to comprehend the topic at hand. There could be an unbelievable opportunity right in front if our faces with BYON. We also must keep in mind though that there is another side to this innovative concept. So let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of #BYON........
As you can see there is a strong case for and against bringing your own network to school. Ultimately though, we need to start having the conversation. As time goes on, people will have accessTo networks in ways once thought unimaginable. So do we just discount this trend? Or do we take advantage of an opportunity that could transcend education? As always your commentary is appreciated.
5/10/2014 06:23:21 am
Brad: As usual you bring up some great points on a topic that is already knocking on the school house doors. The advantages and disadvantages that you describe will hold a different meaning to different members of the school community. I think it important to focus on the disadvantages in an effort to somehow remove its 'prefix.' These certainly do not allow for easy solutions, but I think over time BYON will be a reality for the most successful of schools. I look forward to traveling this road with you...
5/13/2014 12:17:20 pm
I think in an ideal world it could seem possible, but the components of digital citizenship and responsibility, more importantly safety and privacy of information rests with the school and and uncontrolled and monitored network isn't productive for learners and isn't realistic in corporate settings. Not to mention the have nots. There are still kids going to school with poor diets and limited school supplies, what do we do then?
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