BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the Classroom

A new technology trend has been making the rounds in education. The technology trend is called BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. In higher education, this idea is not really that new. It has become second nature for a student to bring a laptop and their mobile device to a class. But with the increase access to more mobile devices (such as tablets, smartphones, eReaders, and laptops), an instructor might wonder, how can I engage my student in class while their use their own devices (or should I)?

Some see the BYOD trend as a negative trend. Having devices floating around during a lecture may cause a student not to focus on the content of the lecture. Others have taken that point of view and flipped it, and asked, how can I get the student to become engaged with my content by using their own device? We have blogged about using software to set up polling questions and that students can answer using their laptops and mobile devices. That is one way BYOD could work in the classroom. Continue reading “BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the Classroom”