Bring your own device (BYOD), or sometimes BYOT (Bring your own technology), or BYOB (Bring your own browser) refers to technology models where students and staff bring a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning.
The type of devices that students might bring to school in a BYOD model include: laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, e-book readers, and MP3 players.
There may be several reasons why you would want to explore a BYOD initiative in your school. An over-arching purpose, however, will be the way in which increased access to a personal device can enable inclusive and more personalised learning pathways through the curriculum. Your vision for your students and their graduate profile, which is grounded in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, will be the driving rationale.
BYOD can enable a connected approach to learning, placing control and agency over learning in the hands of learners so that access to the curriculum is ubiquitous and no longer constrained by the time and place.
A connected approach to BYOD will involve engagement with the wider community and whānau as part of a learning-focused vision and strategic direction. The infrastructure will need to able to support demand from increased numbers of devices and technical support is likely to need to be flexible and adaptive. It will also impact on professional learning and teaching. Staff and students may be working together to integrate technologies appropriately so there is choice, collaboration, and opportunities to connect in ways that support learning outcomes.