Tim Clark, coordinator of instructional technology, Forsyth County Schools, Ga.
Todd Yohey, superintendent, Oak Hills Local School District, Cincinnati, Ohio
Katie Ash, staff writer, Education Week and Education Week Digital Directions, will moderate this chat.
As they build digital learning environments for students, many school districts are reversing their policies banning student-owned digital devices such as cellphones, laptops, and tablets in favor of bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, approaches that actually encourage students to bring their own technology to school for learning. But while this change in policy can increase the number of technological tools in the classroom, it also raises questions about equity for all students as well as digital security and capacity within a school’s network.
During this chat, our guests will discuss their experiences implementing BYOD policies in schools. They will address the challenges of allowing students to bring devices to school, including how to comply with federal Internet safety laws, how to prevent the devices from becoming a distraction to learning, and how to ensure that such policies do not put some students at a greater disadvantage than others. They will also discuss the advantages of BYOD policies and how schools could benefit from moving in this direction.