- Low cost for the school district.
- Students get to bring their personal and customized device that meets their needs.
- Students are guaranteed to have access to that device 24/7.
- Who supports the device during the school day?
- Students, parents, and schools are concerned about damage and theft.
- How do teachers manage multiple devices in their classrooms?
District Provided Devices
- Similar device for students make it easy to manage and support.
- Easy to deploy district applications across a common platform.
- Higher cost for districts.
- No guarantee of students being able to take the device home.
- Students can't customize the device to their liking as much as they can in a BYOD environment.
I believe that regardless of the platform that a district chooses, they need to have conversations and discussions with their teachers, administrators AND students on what environment would best meet their needs. The ultimate driver has to be Teaching and Learning, and they have to see the value that either of these programs would provide to the overall learning process. Without that connection - both programs will fail.