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Ashley Dowell EDUC225 Informative Essay Currently we live in the age of technology, where many aspects of different cultures

continuously undergo change. In reference to educational systems, teachers, school officials, and school board members are becoming more aware of how knowledgeable and actively involved students are with technology. Many schools are either presently using or transitioning into using more technology within the classroom to help students receive a better educational experience. One particular program known as the Bring Your Own Device or BYOD program has received a lot of publicity. Positive and negative feedback about this program mainly surrounds whether or not this approach can be beneficial to students learning. Although Bring Your Own Device program is taking place within schools, that is not where this program idea first began. The BYOD trend began in the workplace of many employees. Once smartphones and tablets became equipped with advance technology, more employees brought them to work and were able to be more productive. Organizations realized that enabling personally-owned devices makes employees happier and more productive (Zenprise). Something about having your own personal item made many employees feel more secure and eager to complete their daily tasks. In the 2010s National Education Technology Plan, the Bring Your Own Device program has been recommended for schools in hopes that it will cut technology cost and increase students willingness to learn and participate. There are a number of positive outcomes from a program that actively increases and enhances students abilities to use technology in a variety of ways. The biggest advantage of

this program is that many students own mobile devices. Educational institutions will not only save money by investing in this program but also students have already established a comfort level with their own devices, which can lead to better performance within the classroom. Also, students become more interested in learning material because it is being taught through using technology. Implementing this program means thats educators are no longer teaching to the lowest denominator. Students of today live in the age of technology and almost everything that people need to complete can be done electrically. Although textbooks and other types of print media are very resourceful and include a lot of information, that same level of information can be received electrically, which is why most people strongly believe in this program. The use of mobile devices has become second nature to todays youth. However, students still lack the skills to search the web and/or use their mobile devices in an educational way. Both teachers and students will be able to gain the information necessary to actively use their everyday devices in multiple ways, both in and outside of their school environment. Once teachers learn how to use mobile devices as an educational tool, students can be more creative whenever necessary and/or desired. For example, teachers could use this program to create podcasts for those auditory learners, or design digital lessons and virtual worlds when going on a field trip is not accessible. Although the BYOD program can change the educational world for the better, a number of people still have growing concerns. Professor Reynol Junco of Lock Haven University states putting the burden of technology on the individual student is a tough call. The biggest concern for most students and educators are that some students do not have access to home devices and/or mobile devices to bring to school. In support of this,

students from lower-income families will be greatly affected because as opposed to other students, these students more than likely do not have an alternate way to actively be a part of this program. The only way this program can be successful within a classroom environment is if all students can participate. Were always running out of bandwidth, says innovation director Jim Gerry at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Students using their own devices carriers network for internet access is no cost to schools but networks provided by school districts requires a lot of bandwidth, to ensure that all students have equal access to their schools internet services. In order to receive more bandwidth, schools will have to pay more money to improve their infrastructure. While implementing this program will cut cost spent on increasing technology systems within schools, a lot of money will have to be spent to receive quality Internet service accessible to all. Questions have also been raised concerning whether educators will be able to keep students from using their devices as a social tool during classroom instruction. Since students are familiar with their own devices, it will be easier for them to become distracted by a new text message and/or features directly on their devices. What strategies will teachers use to not only avoid these issues but also fix them without using up valuable class time? How will students be held accountable for their digital actions? Will educators receive training to be fully prepared to use the BYOD program? Before people who are against this program can support it, questions and concerns of this nature have to be answered. In conclusion, the Bring Your Own Device program is an attempt to increase technology usage within students classroom environments. Just like any other program

good and bad feedback should be expected, but overall this programs ability to increase students productive level as been evident.

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