All Roseville College students in Years 7-12 are required to bring to school a laptop of suitable standard (see the Requirements section). Students can also bring other personal devices such as mobile phones, tablets, etc for the benefit of their learning.
Many leading educators have blogs and websites dedicated to the benefits and advantages to BYOT and there many signs that BYOT properly implemented offers advantages to the teaching and learning process over traditional 1:1 laptop programs. Both New Media Consortium and Gartner predict that BYOT will be the technological model for the vast majority of schools within 5 years.
As such, Roseville College has adopted BYOT as its technology model for 7-12 for the following philosophical and pedagogical reasons:
- BYOT caters for different learning styles where students select the medium that is best suited to them.
- Having a non-standard platform better promotes the teaching of deeper concepts rather than formulaic “click here” because devices are different and the learning concept becomes the focus.
- BYOT encourages students to learn with devices that they already own, rather than just use them for social recreation. Studies in traditional 1:1 schools show that students often associate learning only with the device allocated to them, and not utilise their personal devices for learning.
- Implementation of student-owned devices into the design of instruction has been shown to lead to improved student and teacher collaboration in the process of learning.
- In acknowledging that many students have their own laptops at home which they use for school work whilst not at school, BYOT programs provide ubiquitous access to technology resources for less cost than a traditional school owned 1:1 laptop program.
- Research and feedback shows that students take more responsibility of personally owned devices, use them more often than school mandated devices, and are productive with them.
- Initial research is already highlighting the importance of authentic home-school collaboration to the school’s achievement of the normalised usage of the student’s technology.
- BYOT recognises that the in-school use of the student’s digital technology is an extension, a flow-on development from the young’s existing use of that technology to assist their self-teaching and learning.
- BYOT promotes teachers and students to come together to discuss and discover the limitless possibilities that a tech-rich environment provides, and then work together to think about how to best pursue learning goals.
Research articles and further reading
BYOT in Secondary Education(Research paper by James Stewart, Director of ICT, Roseville College, 2012)
BYOT Guide(an excellent article prepared by Alberta Education, Canada on BYOT in Education)
Bring Your Own Device in Schools(Literature Review of BYOD Research by the NSW Department of Education, 2013)