Whether you call it BYOT or BYOD (technology vs device), it’s clear that as people become more attached to their mobile devices and as mobile devices become more customized and an extension of their owners, more schools and employers are permitting and even encouraging students and employees to bring their own devices to work.
Devices may include laptops, tablets, smartphones and more. As a result, many educators are scrambling to get a handle on the issues surrounding the “bring your own device” trend. Resources abound on this topic, and some are offered below.
General Overview, Best Practices
This 16-page white paper, provided by Good Technology, offers dozens of questions to consider for organizations considering a BYOD program along with real best practices case studies.
This in-depth video is 45 minutes long and presented by Val Hetrick, the director of customer success at MaaS360, an enterprise mobility management company.
Presented by SAP, this guidebook offers best practice advice for any organization looking to implement a BYOD program.
This is a video of a presentation given by Greg Kovich, director of strategic accounts for Alcatel-Lucent, to an audience of teachers, administrators and IT directors. He discusses best practices for initiating BYOD in a school district.
PricewaterhouseCoopers offers this white paper on the importance of security strategy in any BYOD program.
This white paper from Cisco discusses the challenges faced by IT departments in BYOD organizations and offers concrete information on how to overcome those challenges.
This information sheet from Apple includes case studies of well known companies along with tips for establishing a policy and optimizing user experience.
Tool Kits, How to Guides, Tips
This comprehensive kit from k12blueprint.com offers downloadable resources including “Getting Started with BYOD,” “Planning and Implementation Framework,” “Mobile Scenarios for K-12,” case studies, a teacher readiness checklist and more.
Public broadcaster KQED offers resources and steps to implementing a BYOD program in an educational setting.
Valuable information from a Minnesota-based school technology integration specialist.
A comprehensive “how to” from eSchool News.
This discussion paper from Microsoft describes how to get started with a BYOD program from teaching, learning and IT management perspectives.
Blogs, Social Media
This blog focuses on learning and teaching with mobile devices, with commentary on BYOD.
While this blog focuses on BYOD in business, it offers useful advice that translates easily to an educational environment.
The binder authors have compiled this comprehensive “3-ring binder for the web” on BYOD for schools.
This informative chat is sponsored by AT&T and titled “Making BYOD Work in Schools.” It features Todd Yohey, superintendent of schools for the Oak Hills Local School District and Tim Clark, coordinator of instructional technology for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia.
This blog, by Tim Clark, coordinator of IT for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia, features teacher spotlights, strategies and more.
This graphic answers questions such as “why go BYOD?” and “Who has gone BYOD?” in an easy-to-follow, interesting format.
School District Guideline Examples
Located in Pennsylvania, this school district offers a comprehensive guide outlining benefits, issues, guidelines, and frequently asked questions regarding BYOD.
This school district offers a BYOD overview along with offering tours to interested visitors to view its nationally recognized BYOT initiative in action.
About the Author: Kristin Marino writes about education and related topics; image attribution flickr user steveagarfield